India, China rivalry set to intensify in South Asia, say analysts

China's research and survey vessel Yuan Wang 5 docking in Sri Lanka on Aug 16, 2022. India and China had a heated exchange over the docking of the ship. PHOTO: AFP
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NEW DELHI - The India-China rivalry will intensify as New Delhi sees an opportunity to counter Beijing while helping its smaller South Asian neighbours suffering varying degrees of economic turmoil, say analysts.

A narrative has built up in the neighbourhood that Sri Lanka's economic crisis intensified due to Beijing's "debt trap diplomacy". Sri Lanka owes China US$8 billion (S$11 billion).

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