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Belt and Road Initiative stokes India-China confrontation

First published: Nikkei Asian Review 27/02/18

Chinese warships recently entered the Indian Ocean, with some heading for the Maldives Islands, where a constitutional crisis has been playing out. China wants to keep India away from the islands, which New Delhi sees as within in its own sphere of influence. China has built port facilities in the Maldives as part of its “string of pearls” scheme — road and sea infrastructure projects that encircle India. Sino-Indian tensions intensified after the Maldives president signed up to China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Even in the BRI’s infancy, we are watching in real time how BRI is promoting as much confrontation as commerce. Read on ….