The term “geostrategy” is widely used in the sphere of international relations, however, without a clear definition of the meaning that is attributed to it. For the purpose of this article, we will subscribe to the definition given by Grygiel (2006, p. 22), i.e., geostrategy can be described as the location(s) on which a country puts special emphasis and devotes political/diplomatic/military resources, illustrated in its foreign policy goals.
The location of the state is paramount in determining the best geostrategic approaches that can be pursued. It is also noticeable that in the past decades, there has been a shift in understanding geostrategic approaches, switching from a rather military framework to an economic one. This can be easily observed in the case of China today, where the main backbone of its geostrategic direction rests mainly on an economic pillar. The economic pillar is essential in framing any (geo)strategy as it provides the state with the necessary resources to...
KeywordsBelt and Road Initiative China Geostrategy
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