Navigating the Currents of Belt and Road Initiative: Perspectives on Least Developed Countries

Global Trade & Customs Journal, 14(5) 2019, 259

17 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2019 Last revised: 1 Aug 2019

Date Written: February 21, 2019

Abstract

This paper aims to discuss the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) from the lenses of LDCs and bring attention to some of the issues which may require profound thought. Most developing countries around the globe, especially the least developed ones, today face significant development funding gaps and a pressing need for infrastructure development. The BRI has given rise to new global geopolitical and geostrategic dynamics and fuelled intense debates around China's increasing assertiveness in the conduct of its international relations. As far as countries with financing needs are concerned, while adjusting sails according to the changing geopolitical winds to propel growth momentum might seem like a lucrative position to exploit, it is often far from easy to maintain such a delicate balance, as we will see, analysing Nepal as an example in this paper.

Keywords: BRI, LDCs, Debt, Development, Geopolitics, Nepal, Financial Institutions

Suggested Citation

Bhattarai, Tejeshwi Nath and Upreti, Pratyush Nath, Navigating the Currents of Belt and Road Initiative: Perspectives on Least Developed Countries (February 21, 2019). Global Trade & Customs Journal, 14(5) 2019, 259. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3339290 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3339290

Tejeshwi Nath Bhattarai (Contact Author)

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Pratyush Nath Upreti

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