The Political Economy of Regional Infrastructure
Chapter 3: The Asian infrastructure system
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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