What China Wants in South Asia

Published in: Observer Research Foundation, Issue Brief No. 368 (June 2020)

Posted on RAND.org on June 12, 2020

by Derek Grossman

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China claims to have purely benign intentions in South Asia. A closer look, however, at Beijing's actions in the region strongly suggests that it is assiduously securing its national interests, which are likely detrimental to most if not all South Asian nations. In the future, all South Asian countries should be clear-eyed about what precisely Beijing is attempting to achieve in their region, and the potential long-term consequences.

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