Tarique Niazi: China’s March on South Asia

From the Jamestown Foundation’s China Brief, via Asia Media:

In keeping with its economic expansion, China has deepened its strategic influence in the region, especially with India’s immediate neighbors – , , , and Sri Lanka. Beijing has long kept a close strategic partnership with Islamabad, but its overtures to the remaining countries were hobbled by the 1962 Sino-Indian war and its protracted pariah status as the “communist other,” which it endured until the early 1970s. China’s entr√©e in gained momentum only after its conversion to the market economy in the 1980s, which filled its coffers with trade and investment dollars. Its resultant economic strength opened the path into , beyond . China skillfully deployed economic incentives to draw Bangladesh, , Pakistan, and Sri Lanka into its strategic orbit.

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