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Control of Key Maritime Straits ' China's Global Strategic Objective

Dr. Alba Iulia Catrinel Popescu

International Journal of Economics & Business Administration (IJEBA), 2017, vol. V, issue 1, 92-119

Abstract: On the 28th of March 2015 the Chinese government published "Vision and Actions on Jointly Building the New Silk Road, The Economic and 21st - Century Maritime Silk Road"2. This document signifies China's decision to become a global hegemon. With its issue this Chinese African - Eurasian "silk bridge" strategy redirected geopolitical analysts' attention away from another Beijing's strategic objective: control of key maritime straits, especially those featuring "maritime chokepoints", where concentrations of commercial and military naval routes flow. Which are the main maritime straits covered by the Chinese "offensive"? What are the geostrategic implications of this approach?

Keywords: Belt and Road Initiative; China; maritime straits; maritime chokepoints; maritime hubs; oil traffic; global shores; hegemony. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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