China’s infrastructure initiative, part 2: Investment opportunities and security risks – Beijing’s balancing act

Jin Liqun, president-designate of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank; one of of the key institutions initiated by China to facilitate its OBOR investments is set to begin its activities before the end of 2015 (source: dpa)
Jin Liqun, president-designate of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank; one of of the key institutions initiated by China to facilitate its OBOR investments is set to begin its activities before the end of 2015 (source: dpa)

Beijing is bolstering its One Belt, One Road (OBOR) programme through huge foreign direct investments and the creation of new financial institutions to fund its related projects. So far, China has launched the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, played a major role in the development of the New Development Bank and established a Silk Road Fund. But success will require a politically stable regional neighbourhood. Achieving that – in Central Asia, South Asia and in its own far western provinces – will prove one of China’s biggest challenges in carrying out its strategy.

OBOR, which combines China’s overland Silk Road Economic Belt and its 21st-century Maritime Silk Road programmes, w...

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