Twists and Turns Along the Maritime Silk Road

The Maritime Silk Road is a Chinese foreign policy launched in 2013 as a part of China’s One Belt One Road Initiative. The Maritime Silk Road is a vast infrastructure and investment project that stretches from eastern China to Europe. China instituted the MSR with the objective of securing important Sea Lanes of Communication, expansion of trade through infrastructure investments, and to increase its influence to a global scale. In conclusion, China used numerous un-economical projects to debt trap Sri Lanka to achieve a footprint in the Indian Ocean, with the lease of Hambantota port. This move secures Chinese trade in the region of its rival, India, and could give China a forward presence advantage in coming conflicts. China pursues a mutual beneficial trade relationship in Myanmar through infrastructure projects in Myanmar’s hinterland. China is using these projects to increase trade efficiency into central China while decreasing its dependence on the Malacca straits for trade. This relationship provides China with energy security, overland access to the Indian Ocean, and a growing export market. For Myanmar, it provides needed infrastructure and technology to expand its economy, which will help solve Myanmar’s social unrest.

GMA 400L - Senior Seminar Research Lab