The protracted border row between China and India could threaten Beijing’s ambitious trade and infrastructure outreach plan, the “Belt and Road Initiative,” experts have warned. Chinese and Indian troops have been locked in a stand-off for over 40 days in a desolate region of the Himalayas that is also claimed by India’s ally Bhutan. Macau-based military expert Antony Wong Dong warned that Beijing’s hardball politics are pushing New Delhi further away and could end up making it an enemy, the South China Morning Post reports. “China is playing psychological warfare… but it should realize that even if it defeated India in a war on land, it would be impossible for the PLA navy to break India’s maritime containment,” he said. China is heavily reliant on imported fuel and, according to figures published by state media, more than 80% of its oil imports travel via the Indian Ocean or Strait of Malacca.
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