This article looks at India’s response to China’s OBOR and the weaknesses of that response through two specific cases of Pakistan and the Indian Ocean.
China is using tourism and infrastructure development to reel the Maldives into its orbit of influence.
Has Beijing reached a stage where it is willing to face crisis and/or conflict instead of preventing these in the first place?
It makes sense for two countries the size and complexity of India and China for their cities and provinces to develop their own independent economic linkages with each other.
The so-called ‘sound historical basis’ that Chinese commentators seem to find for the Maritime Silk Road might not be all that sound. It might just as well be called the Maritime Spice Route.
Beijing is trying to keep ASEAN a divided house over the South China Sea issue by employing a mix of diplomacy and economic engagement.