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Regional Infrastructure Systems

The Political Economy of Regional Infrastructure

Colin Turner

As the international economy globalises, there is a need for national infrastructure systems to adapt to form a global infrastructure system. This network of networks aids mobility between national systems as a means of supporting their territorial needs and preferences. This reflects a strategic approach to state infrastructuring as nations seek to utilise these physical systems to support and enhance their territoriality. Providing a thorough examination through the lens of economic infrastructure, the book addresses the forces of integration and fragmentation in global networks.
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Chapter 3: The Asian infrastructure system

Colin Turner


Economic integration across Asia consists of a number of agreements. The core theme with regards to infrastructure focuses on the theme of connectivity; a theme defined by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group. This connectivity agenda has found resonance with the infrastructuring strategies elsewhere in the continent, notably the Association of South East Asian Nations, which has an active infrastructure component to its agreement. The chapter moves on to examine regional infrastructuring initiatives in two other sub-regional groupings: the Gulf Cooperation Council and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. The chapter concludes with an examination of how the regional hegemon – China – is promoting intra-Asian connectivity through its ‘new Silk Road’ strategy.

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