Sourabh Gupta discusses the Xi Jinping-Narendra Modi talks and why India is not a fan of BRI or CPEC. He explains India’s role in the Indo-Pacific which seeks to become not a ‘balancing power’ but a leading power in the region, yet wishes to remain friendly with both the U.S. and China.
*Support/Donate to Geopolitics & Empire:
Restoring maritime commons https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/restoring-maritime-commons/article29717186.ece
About the Guest
Sourabh Gupta is a senior Asia-Pacific international relations policy specialist with 15 years of Washington, D.C.-based experience in a think tank and political risk research and advisory capacity.
His areas of specialization include: analysis of key major power relationships in the Asia-Pacific region (China-U.S, China-Japan, China-India, U.S.-Japan, U.S.-India, Japan-India relations); political, security, and economic risk evaluation of key states in the Asia-Pacific region; territorial disputes and maritime law-related developments in the Asia-Pacific region; and analysis of developments in Asian economic regionalism, and World Trade Organization and Asia-Pacific-related trade policy, politics and negotiations.
He is a member of the United States Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (USCSCAP) and was a 2012 East Asia Forum Distinguished Fellow. Prior to joining ICAS, he was a Senior Research Associate at Samuels International Associates, Inc, a diversified international consulting firm specializing in government relations, business, and trade and investment matters.
He holds master’s degrees in international security studies and international relations from Georgetown University and Syracuse University, respectively, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mumbai.
*Podcast intro music is from the song “The Queens Jig” by “Musicke & Mirth” from their album “Music for Two Lyra Viols”: http://musicke-mirth.de/en/recordings.html (available on iTunes or Amazon)