INSTC vs. BRI: The India-China Competition Over the Port of Chabahar and Infrastructure in Asia

Author
Syed Fazl-e Haider
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
China Brief
Volume
19
Issue Number
21
Publication Date
Winter 2019
Institution
The Jamestown Foundation
Abstract
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the central component of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in South Asia, has been a source of significant attention and controversy (China Brief, January 12, 2018; China Brief, February 15). Parts of South Asia, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Europe, however, are also host to another ambitious infrastructure program: the “International North-South Transport Corridor” (INSTC), a transportation development plan first established in 2000 by Iran, Russia and India. The INSTC envisions a network to connect Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf ports and rail centers to the Caspian Sea, and then onwards through the Russian Federation to St. Petersburg and northern Europe.
Topic
Development, International Trade and Finance, Infrastructure, Economy
Political Geography
Russia, China, Iran, Middle East, India, Asia