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Taiwan, India advised to counter Chinese expansion

By Jonathan Chin  /  Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwan and India should boost their cooperation on maritime strategy to counter Chinese hegemonic expansion, Taiwanese and Indian international relations experts said at a seminar on Wednesday in Delhi.

The remarks were made by academics including seminar presenter Chang Chi-shin (張棋炘), an assistant research fellow at Taiwan’s National Tsin Hua University Center for Asia Policy, and Alka Acharya, the director of the Institute of Chinese Studies at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Chang said Beijing’s rhetoric of harboring no hegemonic ambitions was belied by its buildup in military hardware and its efforts to augment the capabilities of its naval fleets.

Beijing has been extending its reach in the Indian Ocean for the time being by protecting its lines of maritime trade and navigation, securing economic objectives and establishing its presence, he said.

However, in China’s relations with Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, it has followed a pattern of cajoling foreign governments with economic investments before making hard geostrategic demands, Chang added.

This diplomatic strategy differed from other hegemonic powers in that Beijing usually concealed its agenda from its partners, and nations intending to do business with China must remain vigilant if they do not wish to be caught by surprise when China transitions its goals from the economic to the geostrategic, Chang said.

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