21st Century Maritime Silk Road · Belt & Road Initiative · China · Diplomacy · Foreign Policy · Geopolitics · South Asia · Sri Lanka

Postdoctoral Fellow of Global Asia

Post from KDU- Faculty of Defence & Strategic Studies’ social media Dr. Bhagya Senaratne, Senior Lecturer, Department of Strategic Studies was offered the position of Postdoctoral Fellow of Global Asia at New York University Shanghai (NYUSH), China commencing in Fall 2022. She makes history in being the first academic from the Faculty of Defence &…… Continue reading Postdoctoral Fellow of Global Asia

21st Century Maritime Silk Road · Belt & Road Initiative · China · Indian Ocean Region · Sri Lanka

China’s Engagement with Maritime Nations: A Case Study

In the recorded history of Sri Lanka and Malaysia, trade with Chinese merchants, transhipment of Chinese goods, embarking of Chinese ships and people were an ordinary occurrence. Malaysia and Sri Lanka were initial subscribers of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), when China launched BRI in 2013. Hence, the problem identified for this research is:…… Continue reading China’s Engagement with Maritime Nations: A Case Study

21st Century Maritime Silk Road · China · Foreign Policy · Geopolitics · Indian Ocean Region · International Relations · Sri Lanka

Geopolitical Importance of Sri Lanka in the 21st Century: The Case of the Belt & Road Initiative

Sri Lanka has established itself as an essential node in commercial and security activities in the Indian Ocean due to its central location and equidistance in the east-west maritime corridor. Sri Lanka has received greater attention since its subscription to China’s Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) and its preceding programmes in 2013. Therefore, this study…… Continue reading Geopolitical Importance of Sri Lanka in the 21st Century: The Case of the Belt & Road Initiative

21st Century Maritime Silk Road · China · Diplomacy · Indian Ocean Region · Preventive Diplomacy · Sri Lanka

21st Century Maritime Silk Route: Preventive Diplomacy as a Mechanism to Mitigate Future Security Implications

The Indian Ocean Region is one of the most sought after regions in the 21st century due to the abundance of resources and maritime trade. The region is witnessing the confluence of many regional and extra-regional powers, as it is increasingly being traversed by Chinese trade and supply of natural resources. The initiation of the…… Continue reading 21st Century Maritime Silk Route: Preventive Diplomacy as a Mechanism to Mitigate Future Security Implications

21st Century Maritime Silk Road · China · Diplomacy · Foreign Policy · Public Diplomacy · Sri Lanka

Enhancing China’s Overseas Investment Image through Public Diplomacy

The last decade showcased an increase in overseas investment by the People’s Republic of China and its private enterprises. This increased further with President Xi Jinping’s announcement of the Silk Route initiatives which is collectively known as the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’. The success of these initiatives and investments lie in being able to harness…… Continue reading Enhancing China’s Overseas Investment Image through Public Diplomacy