The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), an international think-tank, recently published a detailed report analyzing the security implications of the maritime aspect of China’s multi-billion dollar Road and Belt Initiative (BRI).
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The report focuses on the security implication of two strategic maritime areas that the maritime ‘Road’ will cross: the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea.
- That the project will serve China’s core interests by expanding its maritime economic base, improving food and energy security, and projecting its power further afield
- As it stands, the Road may present a medium and long-term security risk for the European Union (EU)
- Richard Ghiasy
- Fei Su
- Lora Saalman