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Research trends and agenda on the Belt and Road (B&R) initiative with a focus on maritime transport

Paul Tae-Woo Lee, Zhi-Hua Hu, Sang-Jeong Lee, Kyoung-Suk Choi and Sung-Ho Shin

Maritime Policy & Management, 2018, vol. 45, issue 3, 282-300

Abstract: The ‘Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road’ (collectively known as Belt and Road, B&R) has been initiated by the Chinese government in 2013. The B&R is increasingly becoming a focal point for socio-economic–political interests because of its likely impact on land and sea transport and maritime logistics. The aims of this study were threefold: first, to provide an overview on the B&R, focusing on its key structural elements, such as transport corridors, city clusters, dry ports, infrastructure, zoning, and area development; second, to identify the expected impacts of the B&R on trade and implications on structural changes in transportation systems, port networks, and international logistics. Finally, to discuss major research trends and setting up of research agenda which will contribute to enriching the existing literature and shaping the global trade operations and drive economic growth in the context of the B&R.

Date: 2018
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