Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

China’s Increased Trade and Investment in South Asia (Spoiler Alert: It’s The Economy)

This report examines China's increased economic activity in South Asia to determine if normal economic interests can explain the increases. Econometric analysis by the authors reveals a pattern of activity consistent with the predictions of economic models and consistent with China's trade and investment on a global scale; a qualitative analysis of large projects suggests a similar conclusion. The authors offer conclusions on implications for China's relationship with India as well as trends to monitor going forward. Presentation slides

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: Workshop in International Public Affairs, Public Affairs 860, taught by Melanie Manion in Spring 2013
  • Author(s): Emily Brunjes, Nicholas Levine, Miriam Palmer, and Addison Smith
  • Client Name: the U.S. Government Office of South Asia Policy