Muhammad Saad Siddiqui

Muhammad Saad Siddiqui served as an intern in the Myanmar Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, during June-August 2020. He is an undergraduate student at the University of Cambridge (Class of 2021) and an incoming Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University (Class of 2022). 

Articles by Muhammad Saad Siddiqui (3)

Chinese workers building the first rail line linking China to Laos

Official Chinese Lending: Why the Easy Money is Drying Up

Muhammad Saad Siddiqui

A new study suggests that official Chinese lending has dropped in recent years. This stems from lessons learnt after a decade of mistakes in overseas lending. Despite the decline, the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative shows no signs of slowing.

A Chinese worker carries materials for the first rail line linking China to Laos

Seeing Through Smoke: Why the Debt-Trap Narrative Is a Distraction

Muhammad Saad Siddiqui

The Belt and Road Initiative is many things, but there is little evidence that it is a debt trap. Observers should dispense with this grand narrative and focus on how to engage with the nuances of Chinese lending.

India and China: Finding the Balance between Cooperation and Competition

Muhammad Saad Siddiqui

New Delhi wants to be a significant player in Myanmar. To achieve this, it needs to do more on its own and also consider working with others. One application of this would be leveraging on China’s BRI projects.