China’s Achilles’ Heel

The Belt and Road Initiative and Its Indian Discontents

  • Srikanth Thaliyakkattil

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About this book


This book analyses Chinese discourse on Indian attitudes towards the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI), and argues that the Indian discourse is becoming one of the biggest hurdles to China creating its own narrative about China’s rise in Asia and beyond. In doing so, it spans across the themes of the power struggle between China and US, China and India, the Chinese perception of India, China-South Asia relations, the China-US- India triangle of power and the success and failures of BRI. 

The first part of the book focuses on the Chinese thinking behind the launch of the BRI and addresses questions related to the purpose of this initiative and ways in which it will facilitate China’s rise as a superpower. Subsequently the book addresses how effective or ineffective India’s challenge is and how it is negatively affecting China’s BRI. 

Srikanth Thaliyakkattil is an independent scholar. He was previously a visiting research fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore. He holds a PhD and Master’s degree in International Relations from Peking University, China. 


The Belt and Road Initiative The Different Manifestations of BRI India and the Belt and Road Initiative India's rejection of the Belt and Road Initiative India & China relations Competing Discourses and the Fate of BRI Chinese Discourse analysis on Indian attitudes BRI’s impact on China’s Rise Indian Hurdle and the prospects of failure of the BRI

Authors and affiliations

  • Srikanth Thaliyakkattil
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  1. 1.Independent ScholarKeralaIndia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-8424-0
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-8425-7
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