Nepal’s decision to join the Belt and Road highlights the ongoing Sino-Indian competition for strategic space in South Asia, veiled under the guise of connectivity routes and infrastructure development.
By deepening its political, economic and military engagement in Afghanistan, and by formally signing a Memorandum of Understanding in 2016, China seems to be emerging as a long-term player in the region’s new Great Game.
Indian and China would both benefit from regional connectivity. But New Delhi should debate the terms of each project, rather than saying “Yes” or “No” to the Belt and Road Initiative as a whole.
Because the Indo-Pacific region promises to become the new center of gravity in global politics, its security problems intimately affect the safety, prosperity, and international position of the United States, as well as the wellbeing of its allies.
Because the rise of China implicated American and Indian strategic interests, U.S.-India relations at least since the Bush Administration have been very robust and very promising.
Buddhism’s principles and values transcend borders to bind people across Asia within a common cultural heritage.
India and China need a lot of wisdom to limit their differences and carefully manage them.
The first diplomatic encounter between Trump and Xi is bound to set the tone for Asian geopolitics in the near term.
India must find a way to maximize gains and avoid any pitfalls that might emerge as a result of collusion or confrontation between the China and the United States.
The Chinese defense profile is expanding beyond Pakistan to cover India’s other neighbors in South Asia and the Indian Ocean.