AAGC CAN PARTLY BE INDIA’S RESPONSE TO CHINA’S OBOR
Published 14-08-2017 10:58 UTC
Did the latest India-Japan move to transform the road infrastructure in India’s north-eastern region make China try to hastily build a road through hitherto demilitarised Doklam plateau in the strategic India-Bhutan-China trijunction and its military standoff following India’s resistance? Incidentally, Japan’s joining hands with India to build ‘Asia-Africa Growth Corridor’ (AAGC) was first unveiled in May, 2017 at the 52nd annual meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB) at Gujarat’s Gandhinagar. The India-Japan initiative on the ambitious infrastructure project did not seem to have gone down well with China. This is despite the fact that China is engaged in undertaking massive, unilateral infrastructure initiatives under the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) project connecting it with Europe, parts of Asia, including China-Pakistan economic corridor, and Africa. Japan is already working with India to build infrastructure in Iran. Now, AAGC is a big initiative. It will serve as a great trade, commerce and strategic link among a large number of countries in the region.