The 14th GCR Working Seminar: India and China's Belt and Road Initiative

By Prof. S. D. Muni | 27 November 2018 | The Chinese University of Hong Kong



Co-organized with the HKIAPS, the 14th Global China Research Programme Working Seminar was held on 27 November 2018. Prof. Lutz-Christian Wolff, Dean of CUHK Graduate School, moderated the seminar.



Prof. S. D. Muni has taught, conducted and supervised research in International Relations and South Asian Studies for 40 years. He was also India’s Ambassador to Lao People’s Democratic Republic (1997–99). Prof. Muni has authored and edited nearly 30 books and monographs and more than 200 research papers. He is also the founding editor of The South Asia Journal (renamed South Asian Survey launched by the Indian Council for South Asian Cooperation) and Indian Foreign Affairs Journal.



In the seminar, Prof. Muni examined that how India has publicly refused to endorse China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Firstly, it offends India’s sovereignty by operating in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, which China recognised as early as 1963, as a disputed area between India and Pakistan. Secondly, the BRI lacks transparency and is a unilateral initiative. Thirdly, it encroaches on India’s strategic space in its immediate neighbourhood. Thirty-five scholars, researchers, and students attended the seminar.