Looking out at the port of Chabahar. Photo: Reuters / Raheb Homavandi
This shadow play is a heady vortex, churning with power projections, spheres of influence, security and commerce
The New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), will weave and interconnect six major economic corridors. At 12,000 kilometers, the Eurasia Land Bridge Economic Corridor is a rail network from eastern China to western Europe via Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus.
Then there is the China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor, while the China-Central Asia-West Asia Economic Corridor runs from Xinjiang to Istanbul. Nine new road links in the Greater Mekong help make up the China-Indochina Peninsula Economic Corridor. Continue reading →
India continues to view Pakistan as the “real threat” even though it is adjusting its military strategy to include the possibility of a limited two-front war with both Pakistan and China, the first Blue Book on India published by a Chinese think tank said.
Pakistan is India’s main “real threat” to maintain a high degree of vigilance and preparedness, the summary of the Blue Book released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, (CASS) said. Continue reading →
As a regional Asian bloc is already slowly, but surely forming under the SCO, one should anticipate India worrying less about its internal woes as it is likely to join the protectorate club within the foreseeable future.
India’s military is desperately low on supplies, the world learned today, in a major embarrassment for the country. In a leaked memo, the country’s military chief tells its prime minister that India’s tank fleet lacks ammunition, its elite forces are “woefully short” on essential weapons, and its air defenses are “97% obsolete.” The leak just happens to come as that military chief, General VK Singh, is locked in a public battle with the government over his impending mandatory retirement, the AFP reports.
“China wants to develop long-term friendship and cooperation with India.” So said the Chinese official who held border talks with Indian officials this week. He also predicted a “golden period for India-China relations” in the near future. What he did not say, but sceptics like me heard him say between the lines, is that all this is possible only if it is done on China’s terms.
What we heard between the lines is never uttered by China, but only demonstrated by its actions. So the real dichotomy lies between what China “says” and what China “does”.