In this podcast Jayant Prasad, Director General, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi discusses China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a combination of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road is an emblematic initiative, which China is promoting as its idea and the opportunity for nations across Asia and Eurasia, including Africa. Since unveiling the project in 2013, the Chinese government outlined its key components in March 2015. These include connectivity projects underpinned by infrastructure building, instituting partnerships among countries part of the Belt and Road networks, promoting investments, and enhancing people-to-people contacts. India views this as much as a geo-strategic initiative, as a geo-economic one in which India shall cooperate where it can, calibrating the sequencing according to its national priorities.India believes that the success of trans-regional connectivity projects will be predicated on accommodation of the interests and priorities of the participating countries and within a conducive framework of cooperative security.
Jayant Prasad is Director General, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. He was India’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, Algeria, Nepal, and the UN Conference on Disarmament, Geneva. At headquarters, in the Ministry of External Affairs, he served as Special Secretary (Public Diplomacy), and Head of the Americas and the Multilateral Economic Relations Divisions. He was Rapporteur of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, Geneva (1986-87), Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University (1998-99), member of U.N. Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (2005-07), and Visiting Scholar, Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania (2014-15). Before his 37-year public service career, he was lecturer in history, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, after completing his studies at Modern School, St. Stephen’s College, and Jawaharlal Nehru University.