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China's one belt one road initiative: The impact of trade facilitation versus physical infrastructure on exports

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The One Belt One Road (OBOR) project is perhaps China's most significant international relations initiative in recent times. It is based on openness, harmony, inclusivity, mutual benefit and market operations and aims to connect the economically vibrant East Asia and the developed Europe by land and by sea, and in the process, it brings growth and development to tens of countries along the modern Silk routes. In this paper, we compare the impact of the main initiatives of OBOR, namely enhancements in physical infrastructure and improvements in border administration, on the trade of countries that have signed on to this project, especially countries along the six economic corridors. We find overwhelming evidence that shows improvements in border administration has the greatest impact on exports of corridor countries. Although physical infrastructure is important for trade, the Chinese government should place equal attention to improvements in trade facilitation to ensure trade routes operate seamlessly across the various corridors.

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[Ramasamy, Bala] China Europe Int Business Sch, Dept Econ & Decis Sci, Shanghai, Peoples R China

[Yeung, Matthew C. H.] Open Univ Hong Kong, Inst Int Business & Governance, Hong Kong, Peoples R China


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World Economy

ISSN:0378-5920

Year:2019

Issue:6

Volume:42

Page:1673-1694

ESI Discipline:ECONOMICS & BUSINESS;

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