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Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Indian Prime Minister Modi's strategy deserves our reflection

Question: In May 2017, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi rejected the invitation of the Chinese government and decided not to participate in the Belt and Road summit talks. This has caused a great uproar in the media and among the public at home and abroad. At the same time, Modi greatly appreciates the economic effects driven by the Chinese model. Modi's large-scale construction of infrastructure in India and the launch of the Indo-Pacific strategy have received strong support from the Trump administration. Since Modi was successfully elected as the Indian Prime Minister in 2014, he has a dual approach to the Indian and foreign politics. This has earned him a prominent international status.

If we consider properly, it is not difficult to find that India's current Prime Minister Modi has made remarkable achievements in political and economic reforms. Although some reforms have caused social unrest in India, the final results are also prominent. At the same time, India and China have long-standing territorial disputes on the southern Tibet border. We can't help but ask, in the era where our eyes are focused on the Indian Congress Party, what is the impact of Modi, the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, on China (especially on the Belt and Road issue)?

Chan Kung: For a long time, China pays strong focus on the Indian National Congress in China-India relations. Because the Indian National Congress is a prestigious, nationalistic, pan-Indian political party, such focus is a mistake. This is because Modi has adopted a series of reform measures after winning the election, and this has won him an image of a reformer. In the future, Modi and his party will have to deal with China for a long time.
Modi has his own strategy, and China is largely unfamiliar with this strategy. In fact, India doesn't even have a clear idea of what itself is up to. This is what China needs to pay attention to in the future. My concern is that Modi's strategy clearly poses competition and major challenges to China's Belt and Road Initiative. Geopolitics and geostrategy play an important role in today's era. As long as you go abroad, whether it's finance, projects or planning, you need to possess some geopolitical knowledge. Otherwise, it will be too risky.

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