2016 has proven to be a busy year thus far for diplomats of the major world powers as they flew into South Asia’s capitals to cut deals and cooperate in combating terrorism as well as extending areas of cooperation with geopolitical implications.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 3 years in office has repeatedly urged the Indian states to contribute to the country’s growth story, and to also play their rightful role in strengthening ties with the outside world.
In the two years since Chinese President Xi Jinping’s official announcement of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor during his state visit to Pakistan on April 20, 2015, the first slate of “early harvest” CPEC projects are poised to be completed.
It has just been over a year since Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) during his inaugural state visit to Pakistan in April 2015. The Pakistani port of Gwadar will commence full operations by the end of 2016. Gwadar is essential to CPEC as it will connect CPEC with shipping on the Arabian Sea.
A large country may not necessarily generate more soft power if it emphasizes hard power and does not take advantage of its potential soft power resources. The different political systems between China and India lead to distinct outcomes in their use of soft power.
The Brussels attack and last year’s terrorist attacks in Paris have the potential to sway the shocked governments of Western Europe to offer greater support for China’s ongoing struggle against Uighur jihadists in Xinjiang.