Logistics Strategy as a Weapon for Territorial Conquest: The Obor Initiative Example

Gilles Paché


With the launching of its OBOR (One Belt, One Road) initiative since 2013, China has chosen to invest in massive logistical infrastructures with the aim of asserting its economic power and becoming the world’s leading power by 2049. Already at the heart of many global value chains, as the coronavirus crisis of 2020 has shown, China is going to give itself the means to sell its products on a large scale. The research note offers a socio-political reading of the logistical stakes of the OBOR initiative, indicating that economic balances are likely to be profoundly disrupted. The case of the Maghreb countries, which have long been in Europe’s area of influence, is particularly evoked to illustrate how the logistics strategy can be analyzed as a weapon for territorial conquest.


China, Globalization, Maghreb area, OBOR initiative, Socio-political analysis, Supply chain

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