One Belt, One Road (Obor) and Malaysia: A Long-Term Geopolitical Perspective

Institute of Malaysian & International Studies Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Working paper No. 5, 2017

29 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2017

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Rahman Embong

International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia

Hans-Dieter Evers

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Rashila Ramli

IKMAS, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Date Written: January 18, 2017

Abstract

The Chinese Government has embarked on a new strategy, known as “One Belt, One Road” or OBOR. This paper concentrates on the maritime part of this development policy, which entails heavy infrastructure investments in ports and railroads, but also property developments like satellite cities or condominiums, offered for sale mainly to Chinese citizens. There will be obvious commercial benefits to economies along the Southern Silk Road, but also geo-political effects like increasing political dependency due to Chinese capital investments and acquisition of property rights in ports and condominiums. Regarding these developments, a Malaysian maritime policy is called for to match OBOR and the Indonesian Maritime Fulcrum, as well as ASEAN integration.

Keywords: OBOR; Maritime Policy; Geopolitics; ASEAN Integration; China; Malaysia; port cities; South China Sea:conflict; British Empire;history; maritime Sociology

Suggested Citation

Embong, Rahman and Evers, Hans-Dieter and Ramli, Rashila, One Belt, One Road (Obor) and Malaysia: A Long-Term Geopolitical Perspective (January 18, 2017). Institute of Malaysian & International Studies Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Working paper No. 5, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3004655 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3004655

Rahman Embong

International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia

UKM
Bangi, 43600
Malaysia

Hans-Dieter Evers (Contact Author)

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia ( email )

Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Bangi, Selangor D.E. 43600
Malaysia
+60-149456927 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.ukm.my/ikmas/

Rashila Ramli

IKMAS, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia ( email )

43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor
P.O. Box 12424
Darul Ehsan, 43600
Malaysia

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