As China Expands Its Ties in South Asia, It Faces a Familiar Rival: India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of the G20 Leaders Summit, Hangzhou, China, Sept. 4, 2016 (AP photo by Wang Zhao).
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of the G20 Leaders Summit, Hangzhou, China, Sept. 4, 2016 (AP photo by Wang Zhao).
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During a visit by Bhutan’s foreign minister to Beijing last month, China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, said that his government hoped to establish official diplomatic relations with its neighbor and work to solve their long-running border dispute. In an email interview, Tilak Jha, a doctoral student at Jawaharlal Nehru University, discusses China’s outreach to South Asia. WPR: How extensive are China’s ties across South Asia, and how does China’s South Asia outreach fit with its broader foreign policy? Tilak Jha: Beijing’s South Asia policy has two major aims, reinforced by the region’s role in China’s ambitious infrastructure and integration initiative […]

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