1st Edition

The China Factor Beijing’s Expanding Engagement in Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh, and Myanmar

By Shantanu Roy-Chaudhury Copyright 2023
    392 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    India’s relations with China are at a crossroads. Apart from examining the complex and dynamic bilateral relations, it is equally important to highlight the nuances of China’s engagement with the countries in India’s neighbourhood and understand the strategic implications that arise for New Delhi.

    Shantanu Roy-Chaudhury’s The China Factor explores Beijing’s political, economic, and defence relations with Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh, and Myanmar, and weighs the dividends of the bilateral relationships to better comprehend the geopolitical subtleties in the region. The book subsequently draws out the implications for India, illuminates New Delhi’s engagement with its neighbours, and suggests policy recommendations for a way forward.

    Drawing from diverse sources, including government documents and literature from India, China, and the countries being studied, along with interviews with serving and former officials, The China Factor offers a detailed investigation into China’s engagement with India’s neighbourhood, which necessitates a deeper understanding as New Delhi manoeuvres the tectonic shifts in its external environment.

    Print edition not for sale in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Bhutan).

    Overview  1. THE MIDDLE KINGDOM: China’s Aspirations and the Importance of History  2. THE BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE  3. SRI LANKA: China’s Increasing Influence in Sri Lanka  4. MALDIVES: China’s Wider Ambitions in the Maldives  5. BANGLADESH: China’s Balanced and Cautious Engagement with Bangladesh  6. MYANMAR: China’s Multi-Faceted Relations with Myanmar 


    Shantanu Roy-Chaudhury is a Research Associate at the Centre for Air Power Studies in New Delhi, an autonomous defence and security think tank affiliated with the Indian Air Force. His work has been published in India and abroad. He has an M.Phil from the University of Oxford (St. Antony’s College) where he focused on the International Relations of South Asia, and a Bachelor’s degree in History from Hindu College, University of Delhi. Shantanu has lived in Mexico, Australia, the United Kingdom, and India. Apart from English and Hindi, he speaks Spanish and a little Mandarin.