Chinese Infrastructure Development in Southeast Asia

Since the unveiling of the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013, Chinese rail infrastructure development has been crucial to Beijing’s approach to investment in Southeast Asia. In their recent book Rivers of Iron: Railroads and Chinese Power in Southeast Asia, Drs. Lampton, Kuik, and Ho dive into the motivations and implications of this Chinese infrastructure-led development, as well as the varied reactions across Southeast Asia.

Join East Asia Program Co-Director Yun Sun as she leads an in-depth discussion with the authors about their findings and what Chinese infrastructure means for Southeast Asia.


  • David M. Lampton, Professor Emeritus of China Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS
  • Dr. Cheng-Chwee Kuik, Head and Associate Professor, Centre for Asian Studies, National University of Malaysia
  • Dr. Selina Ho, Assistant Professor and Program Chair, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
  • Remarks by Brian Eyler, Director, Southeast Asia Program, Stimson Center.
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