1st Edition

Belt and Road Initiative and South Asia

Edited By Kalyan Raj Sharma Copyright 2023
    282 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been an obscure concept, and it remains difficult to distinguish what BRI is and isn’t, making it difficult for many governments and global corporations to properly participate in it. I am delighted to present the opinions and perspectives of many eminent researchers, professors and experts from various countries on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

    The book contains 11 chapters which are written by distinguished researchers and practitioners from various parts of Asia. While these 11 chapters discuss the many characteristics of the BRI, including advantages and costs, they also convey the lessons that many other Southeast Asian countries have learned. Each chapter offers valueable lessons to the countries that have yet to participate in the initiatives.





    About the Contributors

    List of Tables, Figures and Maps

    List of Abbreviations

    1. Introduction

    Kalyan Raj Sharma

    Part I: Big Picture

    2. China’s Trade Imbalance with South Asian Nations: How Can the BRI Help?

    Yin Xiangshuo

    3. The BRI and SDGs Nexus: Cooperation or Confrontation?

    Bhoj Raj Poudel

    Part II: South Asia

    4. BRI for Trade and Connectivity in South Asia: A CPEC Model

    Hina Aslam

    5. BRI, Trade and Connectivity: Bangladesh’s Perspective

    Mahfuz Kabir and Nahian Reza Sabriet

    6. Strengthening International Cooperation and Building a Community of Shared Future between Nepal and China

    Yang Yabo and Zhang Jianghong

    7. On Countermeasures and Suggestions to Further Economic Cooperation between China and Nepal

    Di Fangyao, Cui Hongye and Yang Fan

    8. Evidence and Lessons from BRI: The Case of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

    Vaqar Ahmed

    9. The COVID-19 Pandemic and BRI 2.0

    Partha S Banerjee

    Part III: Lessons from Southeast Asia

    10. Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Sustainable Development in Lao PDR

    Vanxay Sayavong

    11. Malaysia’s Response towards China’s Belt and Road Initiative under Mahathir 2.0

    Nur Shahadah Jamil

    12. Win-Win Cooperation through the BRI: What Constitutes a “Win” for the Philippines?

    Darlene V. Estrada


    • Conference Agenda I (2018)

    • Conference Agenda II (2019)



    Kalyan Raj Sharma graduated from Fudan University with a doctoral degree in economics in 2011. He is now the Chair of Nepal China Friendship Forum(NCFF), visiting scholar at Kathmandu University and the Managing Director of Adventure Outdoor Group of Companies. During his doctoral studies at Fudan, Sharma published a number of academic papers in both Chinese and English on the economy and tourism of China and Nepal.