Chinese President Xi Jinping rolled out the ambitious Maritime Silk Road (MSR) plan in late 2013. The project, which aims to connect Southeast Asia with Europe through the Western Pacific and the Indian Oceans, is being founded on economic benefits for the entire region. There is no doubt that such a plan would strengthen the region’s connectivity and bolster Asia’s economic integration. However, the road map to realising this project has serious underlying strategic implications for India, which cannot be ignored.

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This piece was originally published in Emerging Trans-Regional Corridors: South and Southeast Asia.