This is a collaborative research project of 11 researchers led by a research team at the University of Kyoto (Japan). It analyses the political and economic consequences of Chinese investments within the framework of the BRI and focuses on countries in Southeast Asia.
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 2021-2023
This particular project examines the political implications of the BRI in Malaysia, especially the stances of political parties regarding Chinese investments in major infrastructure projects such as the East Coast Railway Link.
The BRI project contributes to research on Chinese investment strategies and its impact on political and economic processes in Southeast Asia.
The overall project consists of individual smaller projects on different aspects of the BRI in a range of Southeast countries. It is thus a multi-disciplinary and comparative work. This specific project on Malaysia includes research stays in the country to gather material and to conduct interviews.
The East Coast Railway Link is one of the most important infrastructure project in Malaysia and has a major impact on relations between China and Malaysia, but also on party politics in Malaysia.