OBOR Initiative

Djibouti, Myanmar and Sri Lanka anchor China’s Maritime Silk Road

  1. Context: A military base in Djibouti along with major port development projects in Myanmar and Sri Lanka are defining the contours of China’s Maritime Silk Road
  2. Background: China’s Maritime Silk Road is an oceanic connectivity project, of which, the Indian Ocean is the core
  3. How significant? Djibouti, an ideal location for securing sea lanes, in the vicinity, which radiate from this area towards Africa’s Indian Ocean coastline and Arabian Sea
  4. China’s Plan: Establishing naval
  1. Context: A military base in Djibouti along with major port development projects in Myanmar and Sri Lanka are defining the contours of China’s Maritime Silk Road
  2. Background: China’s Maritime Silk Road is an oceanic connectivity project, of which, the Indian Ocean is the core
  3. How significant? Djibouti, an ideal location for securing sea lanes, in the vicinity, which radiate from this area towards Africa’s Indian Ocean coastline and Arabian Sea
  4. China’s Plan: Establishing naval “support facilities” in Djibouti, which has the ambition of emerging as another Singapore, leveraging its position at the intersection of busy shipping lanes
  5. Deal with Myanmar: To develop an Industrial Park and a deep water port in Kyaukphyu in Myanmar
  6. Revival in Sri Lanka: Stalled Colombo port city project under new conditions, and the establishment of a SEZ in Hambantota
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