1st Edition

South Asia and China
Engagement in the Twenty-First Century

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ISBN 9780367704247
September 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge India
190 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book brings together new perspectives on China’s engagement with South Asian countries. It examines emerging trends in the ties between China and South Asia in the geo-political, geo-strategic and geo-economics context and looks at opportunities for collaboration and connectivity between them.


Drawing on extensive case studies, the volume discusses issues such as China’s overarching Belt Road Initiative (BRI), regional responses and alternatives to BRI, the new politico-economic drivers in the region, India’s China puzzle, the Wuhan informal summit, Nepal and its security dilemma in the region, and China’s role in peace and stability in Afghanistan. It presents analysis, debates, and the way forward for a comprehensive South Asian regional understanding in the wake of the advancing Chinese presence in South Asia


An important contribution in the study of the developing pan China-South Asia vision,  this book will be of interest to scholars and researchers of international relations, Chinese studies, Asian studies, defence and strategic studies, regional cooperation, foreign policy, geopolitics, comparative politics, and political studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Part 1: South Asia and China: Opportunities  1. China and South Asia: New Drivers  2. China and South Asia: Future Scenario  Part 2: South Asia and China: Connectivity  3. BRI, Neo-Tribute System and International Financial Assistance: Perspectives for South Asia  4.   China’s Overarching BRI vis-à-vis India’s Predicament  5.  BRI: Regional Responses and Alternatives  6. BRI and BBIN: Asian Economic Growth Engines  Part 3: South Asian Countries and China  7. India and China in South Asia: Towards Trans-regional Politics  8. India-China Trade Linkages in the Context of Emerging Uncertain World Trading Environment  9. China’s Regional Role: Should India be Worried  10. Indian Media’s Perception of China: A Montage of National and Regional Dailies  11. Pearl in the String: Sri Lanka-China Relations in the 21st Century  12. China’s Deepening Engagement with Bangladesh  13. China's Engagement and Managing Security Dilemma in South Asia: A Nepali Perspective  14.   The Dragon’s Embrace: The Contours of China-Pakistan Strategic Relations  15. China’s Role in Peace and Stability in Afghanistan



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Adluri Subramanyam Raju is Professor and former Head of the UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Institute of South Asia Regional Cooperation (UMISARC) and Centre for South Asian Studies and coordinator of the UGC Centre for Maritime Studies, Pondicherry University, India. He is the recipient of the Mahbub Ul Haq Award (Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS), Colombo, Sri Lanka), the Scholar of Peace Award (WISCOMP, New Delhi, 2002) and the Kodikara Award (RCSS, Colombo, 1998). He was also a Salzburg Seminar Fellow (2006). He received the National Best Teacher Award (C.V.S. Krishnamurthy Theja Charities, Tirupati, 2017) and Best Teacher Award twice (Pondicherry University, 2013 and 2018). He is a member for Third Task Force on Blue Economy, FICCI, New Delhi, India. He was previously a visiting fellow at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is on the editorial boards of five journals.