Proceed with Caution: India’s Approach to China’s One Belt One Road and Other Cooperation Ideas in the Region



India’s approach to the Chinese One Belt One Road (OBOR), now called the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and other connectivity-related cooperation ideas in the region are not uniform despite the economic advantages some of these projects offer. India appears to view such projects to a significant extent through the prism of geostrategic and security interests. Economic considerations appear to sometimes play a secondary role. This understanding of India’s stance on such projects explains its reluctance to be part of the BRI, but supports among others the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor (BCIM), International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) and the Mekong Ganga Initiative.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Observer Research FoundationNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Central University of KeralaKasaragodIndia

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