The Significance of China's 'String of Pearls Strategy'

29 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2017

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Anthony Sterioti

University of San Diego School of Law

Date Written: April 9, 2017


This article examines China’s strategy pertaining to their ‘String of Pearls’. China has strengthened their relationships through financial support and construction of infrastructure within countries that have a history of political instability. The focus is on maritime superiority with each ‘pearl’ can serve as both an economic and military hub for China. China has caught the attention of the United States with their increased military spending, increased support of local governments, and increased influence in Africa with the aid to dictators undoing the progress of democracy attempts.

Keywords: international business transactions, String of Pearls, One Belt One Road, China, China trade policy, China foreign policy

JEL Classification: A00, A10, F00, F10, F50

Suggested Citation

Sterioti, Anthony, The Significance of China's 'String of Pearls Strategy' (April 9, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

Anthony Sterioti (Contact Author)

University of San Diego School of Law ( email )

San Diego, CA
United States

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