The Belt and Road Initiative Still Afloat in South Asia

Author
Sudha Ramachandran
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
China Brief
Volume
19
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
January 2019
Institution
The Jamestown Foundation
Abstract
South Asian governments are becoming increasingly discontent with Belt and Road Initiative projects. In August, Pakistan’s new government expressed interest in reviewing the CPEC contracts that they perceive to be over-priced, unnecessary, or excessively in the favor of PRC companies (Dawn, September 11). Similar sentiments have been expressed by the new Maldivian government, which is reviewing BRI contracts signed during the rule of former President Abdulla Yameen (Economic Times, November 26). Such actions raise questions as to whether South Asian states might scale down or even cancel BRI projects.
Topic
Development, International Trade and Finance, Treaties and Agreements, Infrastructure, Soft Power
Political Geography
Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, South Asia, India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives