The political, social and security implications do not look pretty for countries participating in the BRI. New Delhi might, however, consider if absolute opposition to the BRI is ultimately doing either its relationship with China or its own global image any long-term good.
India’s democracy and its largely free and fair elections and the uncertainties they throw up, strongly challenge the ideas China’s communists have about order and stability, of ‘harmony’ in society and politics as represented by one-party rule.
For democracies to compete with the Chinese model, they will have to ensure both economic and social well-being and political accountability.
While India had good reasons to boycott China’s showcase event in Beijing, it might nevertheless have missed an opportunity to convey its concerns in a more forceful and public manner.
China’s operationalization of the Zangmu hydropower station on the Yarlung Tsangpo/Brahmaputra must be seen in the context of environmental developments elsewhere in the country.
India has ignored the possibilities that China offers as a pressure point on Pakistan
The persistent Sino-Indian boundary dispute needs to be seen within the framework of centre-periphery relations in China and India and well as of their different political systems.
China-Sri Lanka ties will continue to grow. New Delhi, meanwhile, needs to show greater purpose in its own dealings with its island neighbour
If India thinks it has a Tibet card, then it must play it more wisely, not engage in theatrics.