The MSRI, China, and India: Economic Perspectives and Political Impressions

  • Amitendu Palit
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Asia-Pacific Political Economy book series (PASTAPPE)


China’s ambitious connectivity plan of linking Asia and Europe through an integrated network of land and sea routes has significant economic and strategic implications for India. The chapter examines these in regards to China’s MSRI. It specifically analyzes the MSRI as an economic corridor, along with variations in its economic geography through regions that have varying abilities to exploit emerging opportunities, and contemplates the related impressions of Indian business and government. The chapter reviews the likely impact of regional frameworks on the MSRI and the concomitant influences on Chinese and Indian business perceptions arising from political-economic complexities in trade rules. It further examines the MSRI in the context of China–India bilateral economic relations and identifies the conditions necessary for India’s successful integration into the connectivity plan.


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  • Amitendu Palit
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  1. 1.Senior Research Fellow and Research Lead (Trade and Economic Policy)Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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