Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dr. Kaho Yu is an assistant lecturer of the Global Studies Program at the CUHK and an Associate at Harvard Kennedy School (Geopolitics of Energy Project). He specializes in Chinese energy security, Eurasian geopolitics, “Belt and Road Initiative”, Sino-Russian energy cooperation and global energy governance. Dr. Yu also holds affiliated research positions at the Center for International Energy Security Studies at Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Science, European Center for Energy and Resources Security (EUCERS), London Asia Pacific Centre for Social Science at King’s College London and Asian Energy Studies Centre at Hong Kong Baptist University. From 2013 to 2014, Dr. Yu taught a master course on geopolitics of energy for the MGPE program at the CUHK. Besides, Dr. Yu observes Chinese energy policy and Eurasian energy geopolitics closely and provides policy advice and commentary on international energy security frequently.
This paper examines how energy port cities could facilitate regional integration under China’s “One Belt, One Road” Initiative (OBOR). OBOR is essentially a Chinese vision of the future integration of Eurasia. It aims to achieve China’s economic, foreign, and security policy interests through a series of smaller projects, making energy port a key investment priority. As a development initiative with strong geo-political and geo-economical dimension, OBOR promotes interconnectivity and cooperation in infrastructure, policy, trade, finance and culture among Eurasian countries. Considering its geographical coverage and investment scale, a successful OBOR foresees turning China’s engagement in the Eurasia into more of a regional and multilateral engagement strategy. The implementation of OBOR is expected to involve plenty of investments, infrastructure constructions and industrial integration, especially in the energy sectors. Due to the advancement of transnational energy projects in OBOR, the role of port cities as a major energy, financial and trade hub for the Eurasian region will be enhanced for interconnection. The functions of energy port cities are multidimensional and hence promote at least four of five areas of the interconnectivity in OBOR, including energy infrastructure, industrial integration, financial center, regional energy governance.
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