Revitalization of INSTC and Prospects of the Greater Eurasian Connectivity
Dr Pravesh Kumar Gupta, Associate Fellow, VIF

The geostrategic significance of Central Asia is very much important from India’s foreign policy and domestic policy points of view. Central Asia shares a border with China in the East, Caspian in the West, Russia in the North, and Iran and Afghanistan in the south. Its geostrategic location makes it vulnerable to the geopolitical power play. In order to balance major powers, Central Asian republics adopted a multi-vector foreign policy in the post-Soviet period. They welcomed China to balance the Russian and Western influence. Now that China has penetrated the region, India could be a balancing force vis-à-vis China for Central Asia. However, connectivity has been a serious impediment in India-Central Asia Relations. In order to bridge the gap of connectivity, India invested in Chabahar port in Iran and has launched International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) along with Russia and Iran.

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