Md. Shafiqul Islam and Tang Qingye

Md. Safiqul Islam is PhD Research Fellow in Global Studies at the Department of World History, Shanghai University, China, and Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.  

Dr. Tang Qingye is Professor at the School of Foreign Languages, Centre for Global Studies, Shanghai University, China.

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Keywords: BRI, China, trade, Africa, Asia, bridge, Silk Road, Geo-strategy, Bangladesh, gateway, FDI,


Both a terrestrial economic belt and a sea trade route make up what Chinese President Xi Jinping first proposed in September 2013. Trade between Asia and other regions, such as Africa and Europe, is something this project hopes to improve. As a result of its strategic location, Bangladesh stands to benefit from the Belt and Road plan by serving as a hub connecting China and South Asia as well as connecting South Asia and Southeast Asia. The report will examine the potential benefits to Bangladesh’s economy and military that the Belt and Road programme could bring. Policymakers in Bangladesh and other countries along the Belt and Road corridor will benefit from the study’s findings on China’s Belt and Road programme. It makes the case for Bangladesh to pursue a policy toward China, Southeast Asia, and other South Asian countries that is proactive, smart, and constructive. China’s stance toward Bangladesh can also benefit from the study. In addition, it will serve as a blueprint for how Bangladesh and China may take advantage of emerging prospects.

First Published

June 25, 2016

How to Cite

Md. Shafiqul Islam and Tang Qingye, “China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Implications for Bangladesh,” Regional Studies 34, no.3 (Summer 2016): 54-74,


Volume 34, Issue 3