A few days ago, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the “churn” of his country.
The first two days, his announcement went viral and his administration was quick to announce an “Indian strategy” to counter the rising influence of the “neighbourhoods” in the region.
“India will continue to promote its role as a leader in the Asia-Pacific region, and to work towards building a healthy relationship between India and its neighbours,” the prime minister said in his speech.
In the two days since, the two nations have faced off in a series of confrontations, including the disputed territory of Arunachal Pradesh, the disputed Himalayan region, the ongoing crisis in Myanmar, and the disputed border between India-administered Kashmir and Pakistan.
“We are in the midst of a new period,” Indian Foreign Secretary Ravi Shankar Prasad told a press conference last week.
“It is a period of turbulence in the world and the world is watching India’s decision-making process.”
India has also come under increasing pressure from the US and its allies to act.
“If there is any good news, it is that India is not letting go of the idea that India and Pakistan are neighbours, that they are friends,” American National Security Advisor Tom Donilon said last week in an interview with the Financial Times.
“They are trying to make a play for regional influence and influence.”
But the Modi government is taking a different tack, announcing on Monday that it will seek to bolster its security, with new military bases to bolster the border, and building new airfields in the disputed region.
As the world watched, the India-Pakistan border became a political hot potato, with the US warning that India was “engaging in provocative actions and rhetoric.”
“We think that there is a risk of an escalation of tensions, and we have a responsibility to take it seriously,” a US State Department official told reporters.
“The United States is prepared to help the government of India address these concerns and address them diplomatically.”
On Monday, Modi’s government also announced that it had “bilateral relations” with China.
It is the second time India has made this move in the last month, after the Indian government last week announced it would be moving to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a new financial institution designed to finance infrastructure projects in the South Asia region.
This was a huge win for China, which had been wary of the AIIB after India joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) last year.
The Modi government’s announcement was seen as a win for the AISB, which is currently set to become the largest bank in the global economy, with investments of $6.7 trillion.
“As we have said before, the AIMB is a new entity, it has the power to build and expand economic infrastructure and support India’s development,” the Indian finance minister said on Monday.
“And we will use that power to work with our Chinese partners to provide them the necessary facilities to enable them to do this.”
In the face of these concerns, India has responded by building a new strategic partnership with China, known as “Bharat-China” (BCP).
The BCP was launched last month with the support of India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and includes a $20 billion investment package for infrastructure projects.
According to the Indian media, the Chinese premier had been asked to be a member of the BCP.
The prime minister’s office did not respond to The Verge’s request for comment.
However, the BSP, India’s premier trade body, is also reportedly joining the BCR.
The BSP was founded by Indian Prime Ministers Manmav Singh Rathore and Pranab Mukherjee, and it is expected to be more inclusive of Indian companies.
The new strategic alliance with China will also give India a platform to push for its own interests in the Indian Ocean region, according to analysts.
“This will help India in the Pacific region to build its own infrastructure,” said Rajendra Chaudhary, senior fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
“In the next five to 10 years, we will see a rise in China’s influence in the Indo-Pacific, particularly in the West Pacific.
We have a very large amount of infrastructure that China is investing in.”
India’s strategic partnership will also make it easier for China to expand its influence in Southeast Asia, as China has already invested heavily in the country’s military, and now has its own aircraft carrier and missile carrier, as well as its own submarine fleet.
India has been steadily increasing its military presence in the Southeast Asian region, particularly after its own military involvement in the 1965 Indo-Pakistani war that ended in a bloody ceasefire.
In 2016, the Indian Navy deployed an amphibious assault ship in the Paracel Islands in the Spratly Islands, and in 2017, the country