Instruments of Influence? Chinese Financing in South Asia

The impact of China’s rise and economic influence can be felt across the world, and perhaps most prominently in South Asia. From historical linkages with neighboring countries to recent mega-development projects under the Belt and Road Initiative, China has has had a heavy economic presence in the region. Pakistan’s relations with China vis-à-vis the United States, the impact of strengthening China-Bangladesh ties on Indo-Bangla relations, and Nepal’s attempts to avoid political wrangling to sustain a conducive environment for Chinese investment underscore China’s growing role in the region.

In this series, SAV contributors examine the features, complications, and intentions behind China’s economic initiatives in South Asia. They discuss the effects of Chinese financing, loans, and investments on national debt cycles, socio-cultural ideals, regional security dynamics, and future relations with the United States.