Instead of handwringing on Beijing's growing geopolitical footprint, New Delhi should exploit both the asset and liability side of such projects.
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Question by Raghav Aggarwal of BW Businessworld:
“What do you think will be the implications, for India, of the latest rail link opened by China which provides it access to the Indian Ocean via Myanmar? With the kind of government that is in Myanmar, in case of any security breach, will India have the power to make Myanmar take tough steps?”My reply:
Read Raghav Aggarwal’s report
“Whatever assets China is building in other countries are also liabilities. To the extent that such projects create a Chinese hegemony over Myanmar’s society, it will trigger a Bamar nationalist backlash. Furthermore, any future Myanmarese government can well use the infrastructure as a bargaining chip with Beijing. Finally, roads and railway lines are bidirectional. Instead of handwringing on Beijing’s growing geopolitical footprint, New Delhi should exploit both the asset and liability side of such projects.”
In earlier columns:
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