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Resolving the Malacca Dilemma: Malaysia’s Role in the Belt and Road Initiative

  • Guanie Lim
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Abstract

This chapter focuses on the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), one of China’s most prominent construction projects in Malaysia since the inception of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The chapter offers a balanced perspective on the ECRL by presenting its pros and cons as well as analyzing on-the-ground implementation issues. Despite its promise to alleviate the proverbial ‘Malacca Dilemma’ and to generate a win-win outcome for both Malaysia and China, the ECRL is hampered by several critical implementation issues, heightening its business and political risk, especially for the Malaysians. There remain significant hurdles to surmount before this undertaking transforms into the ‘game changer’ that resolves China’s over-reliance on the narrow Strait of Malacca and uplifts the living standards of the Malaysians.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guanie Lim
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  1. 1.Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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