The Chinese One Belt One Road (OBOR) project was initiated by President Xi Jinping in March 2015. It aims to connect East Asia and Europe via a Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. The ultimate goal is to facilitate trade and investment in Eurasia and promote economic growth.
The aim of OBOR, is to build networks of connectivity, made up of multiple geographical connections of ‘belt’ and ‘road’. The first step is to build the necessary infrastructure and enormous financial input is required for this construction. What exactly is the infrastructure that China intends to invest in and build from Xinjiang to Central Asian countries? How realistic is it for China to implement the multiple ‘belts and roads’ required for the OBOR project?
Dr. Chun-Yi Lee is a lecturer at the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham. Prior to this, Dr Lee was a post-doc researcher at Institute of East Asia Studies, University of Duisburg, Germany from 2010 September to 2011 October; a writing-up grant scholar at Modern East Asia Research Center (MEARC), Leiden University, the Netherlands from 2009 September to 2010 September. Dr Lee received her doctorate degree from the school of politics and international relations, University of Nottingham in July 2008.