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To Push Back China's Growing Belt And Road Initiative Will Be India's Main Challenge

India is far from being isolated, but to push China back will need a symphony of strategic tasks, writes Michael Kugelman MICHAEL KUGELMAN  China's recent provocations in Ladakh mark the latest manifestation of Beijing’s growing clout in India’s backyard. The current border crisis, which has plunged India-China relations to their lowest point in decades, will sharpen New Delhi’s desire to push back against Beijing’s deepening footprint in South Asia. Mustering the capacity to do so, however, will not be easy. The main accelerant of Beijing’s growing presence in South Asia is its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)—a mammoth transport corridor project that uses infrastructure investments to gain influence and access to markets and strategic spaces. In South Asia, BRI is most visible in Pakistan, where the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has become the project’s most operationalised component. New Delhi opposes CPEC because it ent­renches one bitter rival on the

China, Pak sign deal over hydel power project under CPEC worth $2.4 billion in PoK

ANI | Updated: Jun 26, 2020 16:05 IST Islamabad [Pakistan], June 26 (ANI): A tripartite agreement was signed between a Chinese company and the governments of Pakistan and China on Thursday for construction of a 1,124-megawatt hydropower project at Kohala on the Jhelum river at a cost of USD 2.4 billion. Prime Minister Imran Khan, who witnessed the signing ceremony at his office, termed the agreement "the country's biggest-ever foreign investment". Pakistan-occupied Kashmir's prime minister was also present on the occasion, Dawn reported. The accord represents the largest power sector investment by an independent power producer (IPP) under Beijing's multi-billion dollars' worth China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), including the Gwadar Master Plan. Speaking on the occasion, the prime minister said the government had resolved to focus on a "green and clean power generation" through hydroelectricity in order to reduce dependence on imported fuel. Kha

China, Pak signal offer around hydel electricity project under CPEC really worth $2.4 billion in PoK

    Felix Nathan     46 mins ago    3 min read Representational picture. ISLAMABAD: A tripartite agreement was signed involving a Chinese company and the governments of Pakistan and China on Thursday for construction of a 1,124-megawatt hydropower venture at Kohala on the Jhelum river at a expense of $2.4 billion. Key Minister Imran Khan, who witnessed the signing ceremony at his business office, termed the settlement “the country’s greatest-ever international financial commitment”. Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’s primary minister was also current on the situation, Dawn documented. The accord signifies the largest energy sector investment by an unbiased electricity producer (IPP) underneath Beijing’s multi-billion dollars’ truly worth China-Pakistan Financial Corridor (CPEC), which include the Gwadar Grasp Approach. Talking on the occasion, the key minister mentioned the governing administration had fixed to aim on a “inexperienced and cleanse power generation” through hydroelectricity in