In the second Modi term, New Delhi will have to do a better job than issuing statements on the BRI or ignoring it altogether and be willing to offer credible alternatives if it is retain any standing among its neighbours and further afield.
China is turning into a serious challenger to India in Bangladesh in the economic and military domains and is growing in strength in the political dimension, too.
The Indian Prime Minister’s visit to Bangladesh in June 2015 did not go unnoticed in China and Beijing is working on countering its effects.
China has begun to employ multifaceted approaches in South Asia and elsewhere, as evident in its new Silk Roads policy. New Delhi must craft its own creative responses.
Presentation made at the British High Commission, New Delhi, 22 August 2013
There are several lessons to be drawn from the implementation of physical connectivity infrastructure projects in the underdeveloped sub-region where the borders of Bangladesh, India, Myanmar and China meet
What institutions does BCIM need at the Track-1 level for achieving greater integration and coordination of mutually beneficial activities across borders? Is transnational governance is the ultimate goal? Will sub-national governments in the 4 countries be actively involved?
Despite the end of the Cold War and the rapid expansion of regionalism the world over, regional connectivity in the sub-region involving Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar (BCIM) has little to show by way of progress.
In an inter-dependent world, one country’s tragedy is just as much a tragedy for the world at large and an opportunity to come together to cooperate and move beyond the past. Yet, in the Asian context at least, competitive politics both between countries and within polities appear never to be far from the surface.