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Title: One bridge, two towns and three countries: Anticipatory geopolitics in the greater Mekong Subregion
Authors: Lin, S.
Grundy-Warr, C. 
Issue Date: Oct-2012
Source: Lin, S., Grundy-Warr, C. (2012-10). One bridge, two towns and three countries: Anticipatory geopolitics in the greater Mekong Subregion. Geopolitics 17 (4) : 952-979. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The proposed bridge between Chiang Khong and Houay Xay will form the remaining crucial link of the Asian Highway 3, connecting Bangkok to Kunming, a project highly anticipated in the Greater Mekong Subregion's (GMS) development. With China funding half the cost of the bridge, it signifies a strong player in the economic borderland. The article seeks to uncover the locals' thoughts and feelings of the bridge to raise awareness of 'voices' from the Thai-Lao border in relation to the further destinations the bridge will serve. The local perceptions of the proposed bridge are used to provide a form of comprehension of anticipatory cross-border geopolitical relations between the Thai-Lao border and China. Drawing on the concepts of critical geopolitics, anti-geopolitics and geoeconomics, it concludes by underscoring the need to listen to local perceptions at the Thai-Lao border as they signal potential ill-feelings that could jeopardise future cross-border geopolitical ties and trade. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Source Title: Geopolitics
ISSN: 14650045
DOI: 10.1080/14650045.2012.662556
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