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A map showing key elements of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Indian opposition to China’s New Silk Road

  • India is worried that China’s huge infrastructure program has geopolitical goals
  • Experiences in Sri Lanka and Pakistan seem to confirm this suspicion
  • China wants India on board, but New Delhi wants more leverage first

India has emerged as the most vocal opponent of China’s massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a set of interlocking cross-border infrastructure projects that New Delhi sees as a thinly veiled geopolitical power play by Beijing. India was conspicuously absent from the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, held in Beijing in mid-May. India’s Foreign Ministry said that while it supported such connectivity initiatives, it expected them to follow “accepted international norms” of transparency and financial responsibility. It warned against projects that created “unsustainable debt burdens.”

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 Pramit Pal Chaudhuri
India is likely to work hard to ensure that Chinese ports in Sri Lanka languish commercially.
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What's inside
  • India is worried that China’s huge infrastructure program has geopolitical goals
  • Experiences in Sri Lanka and Pakistan seem to confirm this suspicion
  • China wants India on board, but New Delhi wants more leverage first
Who will benefit?
  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
  • Also considered useful for the administrative university facilities, to better understand the possibe effects of current decisions.
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