The current shake-up in the Sri Lankan system is unlikely to ruffle the Chinese too much. Across the board, no matter what their personal views on China, Sri Lanka’s politicians have learnt to do business with Beijing.
When complaints are raised against BRI, Beijing is quick to publicly offer to renegotiate terms. India, meanwhile, is known in South Asia more for its big brotherly attitude and the lack of synergy and capacity to implement its promises.
China-Sri Lanka ties will continue to grow. New Delhi, meanwhile, needs to show greater purpose in its own dealings with its island neighbour
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.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made the right decision not to go to Sri Lanka
The Asian century might not be so much about China and India as their neighbours who get these giants to behave themselves.
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.
Current Indian foreign policy is informed by a realization that a combination of economic reforms and the end of the Cold War has steered India into a position of some considerable influence in the post-9/11 world. What then are the patterns of Indian foreign policy behavior in the new century?
This presentation focuses on one particular aspect of centre-province relations in India – the nature of influence that Indian provinces (or States) exercise on national foreign policymaking.