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Why India Distrusts China’s One Belt One Road Initiative

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the G20 Summit, in Hangzhou, China on September 04, 2016. Photo: Press Information Bureau

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the G20 Summit, in Hangzhou, China on September 04, 2016. Photo: Press Information Bureau

At the heart of India’s reluctance to embrace Beijing’s promise of road building and connectivity is strategic mistrust. The country is wedged between two nuclear-armed neighbours and has fought wars against both in the last 60 years. The historical baggage of the 1962 war still looms large in India’s imagination. During the brief war, Beijing inflicted a crushing defeat on the unprepared Indian army.

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