The “Belt And Road Initiative”: A Replacement For "One Belt One Road" With Same Prospective For Asean

Suppakorn Khonkhlong, Natthanya Anantachote

Abstract


The Belt and Road Initiative, first English translation namely, “One Belt One Road”, has brought a lot of misinterpretations, because the partners tend to focus much more the word “one”, assuming that there is only one maritime route and a single land belt. But for real, “The Belt and Road Initiative” aims to connect Asia, Europe and Africa along five routes. So, the Chinese government decided to change the name of its epic initiative to wrap up the Eurasian supercontinent and Africa with an array of trade corridors like the laces running around the world. Since 2009, China has been ASEAN’s largest trading partner, and since 2011 ASEAN has been China’s third-largest trading partner. Given the vitality of the economic stability of the ASEAN states to China, considering the geographical proximity of the region, a key priority of the BRI is ASEAN’s burgeoning economies. Alongside the AEC, the BRI will further integrate the growing regional community through developing infrastructures in the region and improve its trading policies. The BRI will also provide a pathway for China to bolster its relations with the ASEAN nations economically. The implementation of the Belt and Road agenda requires a high level of cooperation and understanding between and among ASEAN states and China. Alongside the strict enforcement of policies and analysis of risks and prospect, this would lead to bolstered economic development and linkages between Southeast Asia and China.


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