Introduction: The BRI as Strategic Camouflage

  • Srikanth Thaliyakkattil


Belt and Road Initiative was proposed as a grand plan to link the global and regional economies to China through infrastructural projects. Indian objections and threat perceptions towards BRI initially centered around CPEC later strengthened by the Chinese taking control of the Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port and Pakistan’s Gwadar port, as well as the looming “debt trap” of other South Asian countries induced by the BRI. BRI was a narrative using which China wanted to weave a story over its many economic and strategic activities all over the world. Using BRI China wanted to tell a “good story” to the outside world about itself and its engagements with the world. Indian objections and resistance to BRI helped to reveal the strategic intentions concealed in the BRI narrative of China.


BRI India, Debt trap Narrative Threat perceptions South Asia 


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  • Srikanth Thaliyakkattil
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  1. 1.Independent ScholarKeralaIndia

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