“Shining” or “Suffering” South Asia? China’s South Asian Footprints

  • Manzurul Mannan
Part of the Global Political Transitions book series (GLPOTR)


Due to its special geographical location, Bangladesh has increasingly become an area of major interest to some of the world’s preeminent economic powers. China, India, and the United States lead that list, emphasizing soft power strategies, such as investments in international infrastructure projects, like the Asian highways, trans-Asian railways, and deep-sea ports. Promoting Asian connectivity, they have also dragged Bangladesh into their security orbit, with both China and India particularly requiring Bangladeshi collaboration for their domestic developmental imperatives. The study finds Bangladesh’s ricocheting passage through China’s “String of Pearl” policy approach, India’s adversarial “Look/Act East Policy” drive, and the U.S. “Pivot to Asia” mindset demand more balanced navigation, but threaten the domestic calibration between governmental, business-based, and popular preferences.


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  1. 1.Independent University of BangladeshDhakaBangladesh

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