South Asia and Beyond

Xi’s Flagship BRI: “India Should Focus On More Influence In Neighbourhood, Then Look Outwards”

New Delhi: On ‘The Gist, Dr Jeremy A. Garlick, Director of the Jan Masaryk Centre of International Studies of Economics and Business and Associate Professor of China Studies at Prague University, Author, ‘Advantage China: Agent of Change in an Era of Global Disruption‘ and ‘Reconfiguring the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Geo-Economic Pipe Dreams Versus Geopolitical Realities‘ in conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi.

Dr Jeremy Garlick discusses a decade of China’s President Xi Jinping’s flagship Belt and Road Initiative(BRI), the Belt and Road Forum(BRF) held in Beijing, China saying it has signed more than 200 BRI cooperation agreements with over 150 countries and over 30 international organisations across five continents till June this year, world leaders attending(including Russia’s President Vladimir Putin making his first trip outside Russia and former Soviet countries post an International Criminal Court arrest warrant was issued against him), his assessment of the BRF in the context of China’s Global Development, Global Security, and Global Civilisation Initiatives, the Chinese Communist Party’s readjustments with Xi talking about small, smart and signature projects, how the Chinese economic slowdown and industry specific crises is affecting BRI, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor(CPEC) with Pakistan’s economy in the doldrums and attacks on Chinese personnel, the development and connectivity alternatives in times of U.S.-China confrontation, and India-China competition in the subcontinent’s neighbourhood and in the Global South.

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