OBOR and South Asian Sub-Regional Trade and Connectivity

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Dr. J. Jeganaathan


Assistant Professor, Central University of Jammu, India



The OBOR project is likely to have far reaching implications on South Asian politics, economy and security. China has been engaging in the region through various economic and development projects for last two decades. But, OBOR touches one of the sensitive issues between India and Pakistan - Kashmir. This has irked India.

Growing bilateral trade investments and development related connectivity projects in India’s neighbourhood have been popularly dubbed as China’s ‘String of Pearl Strategy’ aimed to contract India’s sphere of influence in the region. There is a deficit of trust between emerging India and rising China about their interests and intentions.

Many observers however, view OBOR as a game changer at least in South Asia, where this would necessitate re-alignment and re-balancing. But, how does India perceive this project is a matter of serious concern that would shape the nature of implications on South Asia? China can play a constructive role by reconciling its grand strategy with national interests of South Asian countries in order to minimise the adverse impact of OBOR on the peace and security of the region. 

This seminar reviews two empirical cases of Indo-Pak border trade in Jammu and Kashmir region and would strongly advocates Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) as the only way forward for India and China.

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