Sep 2020 – Dec 2021
This project examines Chinese security cooperation with Myanmar and the
Philippines. Many countries in Southeast Asia embrace China economically and the Belt and
Road Initiative (BRI) promises much needed investments. While the BRI primarily
focuses on infrastructure and trade, it is a key part of Xi Jinping’s foreign
policy design to increase China’s influence in its regional neighborhood.
China’s security assistance to the two countries ranges from military
capacity building to the provision of AI surveillance technology. Through a combination of
document analysis and interviews, the research team will explore the features
of such engagement and how it affects peace and security in the two countries,
as well as the development of strategically important BRI infrastructure
projects located in highly volatile regions.