China has received two unexpected hits in a row

China faces unexpected blows in two areas with which Beijing has built deep ties.

SILENTLY "STRIPED" GRUZIA FROM BEIJING

Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar recently made a two-day visit to Georgia, a country that was part of the former Soviet Union. This is the first official visit by an Indian foreign minister to Georgia since the country became an independent country following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

For the "South Asian giant" India, Georgia is of strategic importance. The country could play an "incredible" role in helping India connect with Europe. In addition, the fact that New Delhi does not want to miss any opportunity to make other countries realize the danger of alignment with China becomes even more reason for them to hope to win Tbilisi's trust.

Notably, Georgia now has a particularly deep relationship with China. Beijing has become one of Georgia's top trading partners and a major source of foreign direct investments in the former Soviet Union.

Georgia welcomed China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and became a party, despite the fact that the BRI is seen as an international debt trap created by Beijing. To promote the BRI in Eurasia, the Georgian Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also launched the "Tbilisi Silk Road Forum with the support of the Government of China and the Asian Development Bank". .

India has promoted relations with Georgia in the context of deteriorating relations between Tbilisi and Beijing (Artwork)
India has promoted relations with Georgia in the context of deteriorating relations between Tbilisi and Beijing (Artwork)

Georgia is the only country in the region that has signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China. After the FTA was signed in 2019, Chinese investments in Georgia increased significantly. Beijing is particularly involved in the Georgian construction sector. About 90% of the total $600 million China invested in Georgia [since the first investment in 2002] is in the construction sector.

However, despite the deep economic ties, relations between Georgia and China are in flux. A growing sense of inequality is beginning to dominate Sino-Georgian relations.

According to Emil Avdaliani, an expert at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) based in Washington, "hopes for improvements in the trade sector [between China and Georgia] have yet to materialize".

Despite the overall steady increase, statistics show that Georgia mainly exports raw materials to China, such as copper and various chemicals. Similarly, there have been growing concerns about corrupt practices, especially regarding how Chinese companies are awarded contracts.

Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar presents a memento of Queen Ketevan to his Georgian counterpart David Zalkalani. Photo: PTI
Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar presents a memento of Queen Ketevan to his Georgian counterpart David Zalkalani. Photo: PTI

As relations between Georgia and China deteriorated, India took this opportunity to strengthen ties with Tbilisi. The Foreign Minister of India brought to Georgia a special gift, which is a memento of Queen Ketevan [the wife of the Kakheti king in Georgia in the 1600s. Some of her memorabilia were found in 2015 at the Holy Monastery. Augustine in Old Goa, India based on medieval Portuguese records].

"The presence of these memorabilia in India and Georgia is a bridge of faith between our two countries. I hope that in the years to come, the people of our two countries will cross that sacred bridge together." – Mr. Jaishankar said.

According to TFI news site, India is pressing the button to restart relations with Georgia. While Tbilisi is increasingly wary of its relationship with Beijing, India is poised to give it a shoulder to lean on.

By strengthening ties with Georgia, New Delhi is poised to burn away the fortunes that China has sought in another country. This is really uncomfortable for Beijing.

WILLING THE EFFECTS
OF CHINA IN BANGLADESH


According to recent reports, the Bangladesh government has decided to cut costs on a railway project funded under the Belt & Road program, causing the project to be delayed.

Realizing that the "debt trap" calculation for Bangladesh was no longer feasible, China was forced to withdraw from the project.

According to the TFI news site, Bangladesh may have taken this action to circumvent China's pressure tactics. However, the most surprising thing is, it seems that the country behind quietly pulling the strings for Bangladesh to do it is India.

Earlier, in 2020, the Bangladesh government officially canceled the Sonadia deep-water port project, which was supposed to further enhance China's economic and strategic ambitions.

India is actively working with Bangladesh to weaken China's influence (Artwork)
India is actively working with Bangladesh to weaken China's influence (Artwork)

Thay vì cảng Sonadia, Bangladesh đã đi trước một bước để phát triển cảng nước sâu tại Matarbari, cách Sonadia 25 km với sự giúp đỡ của Nhật Bản.

Đáng nói, Nhật Bản và Ấn Độ đang có mối quan hệ gần gũi. Ủng hộ sự can dự của Nhật Bản vào Bangladesh, New Delhi cũng từ đó tăng cường sự can dự của mình vào quốc gia Nam Á này nhằm làm suy yếu sự hiện diện của Trung Quốc.

Những bước đi âm thầm của Ấn Độ đã mang lại những cú sốc liên tiếp cho Trung Quốc bởi đây là hai địa bàn mà Bắc Kinh đã từng xây dựng được mối quan hệ sâu sắc. Dự đoán trong tương lai, New Delhi sẽ tiếp tục có những bước đi bất ngờ để làm suy yếu và phá vỡ tham vọng bành trướng của "con rồng giấy" trong khu vực.

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