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Belt and Road vs the Indo-Pacific

  • Srikanth Thaliyakkattil
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Abstract

The events which followed since the China’s BRI proposal, such as Doklam standoff, substantially increased India’s threat perception towards China. However, India’s rejection and criticism of BRI and perceived bold stand against Chinese ambitions in Indian Ocean Region convinced U.S that India is a determined balancer of China. It triggered the renewed Indo-Pacific strategy with India-U.S partnership as its core. Chinese analysts believe that Indian opposition to the BRI triggered Indo-Pacific strategy, it is viewed as a counter strategy to BRI. Chinese argue that Indo-Pacific strategy will bring India into the Pacific Ocean. The initial Chinese skepticism that Trump will not partner with India was also disproved, Chinese believe that Trump only strengthened U.S partnership with India and its aspiration to become a great power. Chinese believe that they can “wait it out” Indo-Pacific strategy.

Keywords

Indo-Pacific United States Great power Malabar exercise Indian Ocean China India BRI 

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  • Srikanth Thaliyakkattil
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