China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Response of Smaller South Asian States

With the second edition of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation being held recently, all eyes were on whether China had learnt any lessons from implementing the project for five years and how it would adjust its plans to address member states’ concerns. But what have the smaller states in South Asia such as Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh learnt from their experience with the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)? How has their engagement with BRI evolved over time and where is it headed in the future? These are some of the questions that SAV contributors Abdullah Rafee, Kamal Dev Bhattarai, and Priyanka Moonesinghe explore in out latest series.