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At the root of the present Doklam crisis is China’s intrusion into Bhutanese territory for its road building projects. These connectivity projects are integral to President Xi Jinping’s dream project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). India and Bhutan were the only two countries that did not participate in the first forum on BRI held in Beijing in May this year.

 

The inevitable is now slowly coming to pass. Costs that were not originally part of the tariffs granted to CPEC power projects are being passed to consumers, starting with the added cost of security.

 

China and Sri Lanka recently signed the Hambantota Port deal which is being called a “win-win situation” for both.But what is really behind China’s purchase of a port in Sri Lanka?

 

As Aadhaar becomes the norm in India, and gets skewered for the involuntary nature of its imposition, our northern neighbours, as is their wont, want to do a number that will make this appear benign.

 

I wish to thank the Insitute of Chinese Studies, its Director, Ambassador Ashok Kantha and the India International Centre and its Director Air Vice Marshal Naresh Verma, for inviting me to deliver the Inaugural Lecture in their new Lecture Series.

 

For many of us in India — and, indeed, in the rest of the world — the Chinese economic story has been seen for what it is: a country determined by its leadership’s sheer will to lift its people first out of paddy fields

 

The lesser mandarins in Beijing have been hard at work through 2017, scrubbing the Chinese internet of all references to the dissident Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who has died in custody.

 

 

The Indian government effectively offered to engage with China over the Doklam plateau dispute through its foreign secretary’s speech in Singapore.

 

China is following a well-calibrated sinister design to occupy areas in Doka La. This devious stratagem is being followed by China in all the areas being illegally claimed by it in its periphery with the intention of establishing its hegemony.

 


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