China’s interventions in the Indian subcontinent: Challenges for Modi’s foreign policy


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The Indian subcontinent is a vast area located in the southern region of Asia. Being situated at the centre of the sub-continent, India has become the naturally dominating regional actor. It is able to project power through its economic and diplomatic superiority over neighbouring countries. During the subcontinent’s de-colonisation process India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Nepal all became independent and free to form their own domestic and international policies. Subsequently, China started asserting its regional influence in economic, diplomatic and political matters: examples include the development of Gwadar port and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC); the strengthening of political and economic relations with Nepal and Bhutan; investment in the Hambantota port of Sri Lanka and the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge. All these Chinese initiatives have challenged India’s historical relationship with its neighbouring countries. They were further augmented in its new Asian connectivity project through the Silk Road “Belt and Road” vision.

Document type: Book
Publisher: SADF - South Asia Democratic Forum
Place of Publication: Brussels
Date: 2018
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2021
Number of Pages: 22
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Political science
Commerce, communications, transport
Controlled Keywords: China, Indien, One-Belt-One-Road-Initiative, Wirtschaftskooperation
Uncontrolled Keywords: China, Südasien, Einfluss / China, South Asia, Impact
Subject (classification): Politics
Countries/Regions: China
South Asia
Series: Themen > SADF Working Papers
Volume: 12