Xi Jinping's vision of South Asia: An appraisal of problems and potentials for India
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Under the leadership of Xi Jinping, a paradigmatic shift has been witnessed in China's foreign policy goals from geopolitical interests to economic ones towards the international community in general and South Asia in particular. Concerning the South Asian region, China has expressed its willingness to adopt a trilateral approach, that is China, India, and other notable South Asian countries. In this complex geopolitical trilateralism, China will pose serious geopolitical and geoeconomic problems despite expanding economic engagements. India, being a close neighbour of China, figures prominently in China's South Asian policy objectives. However, China's strategic support to India's long-standing rival Pakistan and involvement in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) are being considered as major challenges for India. Apart from this, it is comprehensively engaged with the other neighbouring countries. On the other hand, its economic engagement with the region will open significant opportunities, not only for India but also for the entire South Asian region. In this backdrop, the primary focus of this chapter is to analyse China's new approach under the leadership of Xi Jinping vis--vis South Asia and India's overall position considering possible challenges and potential areas of cooperation. - 2018 selection and editorial matter, Geeta Kochhar; individual chapters, the contributors.
China's Foreign Relations and Security Dimensions