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India: Project Mausam July 11, 2019

India: Project Mausam

Project Mausam is a foreign policy initiative of the Indian government under Narendra Modi. It envisions a new platform for cooperation in the vast area extending from the South Asian subcontinent to other parts of the Indian Ocean littoral, in which India will play the leading role.

Rooted in the history of trade between the littoral countries deeply influenced by Indian culture, the project pushes for renewed collaboration among these countries in the exploration of maritime resources, and trade. Initially proposed as a cultural program, Project Mausam is now evolving into a quasi-strategic initiative with diplomatic and economic reverberations.

India was a major staging post on the ancient Silk Road routes on the sea, and today it is an important partner of China in advancing the Belt and Road Initiative. There is no conflict between "Project Mausam" and China's initiative in either structure or nature; on the contrary the two can be readily aligned and even integrated.


“季风计划”是印度莫迪政府尝试“借古谋今”的一种外交战略新构想,设想在从南亚次大陆到整个环印度洋的广大区域内,打造以印度为主导的环印度洋地区互利合作新平台。“季风计划”以深受印度文化影响的环印度洋地区及该地区国家间悠久的贸易往来历史为依托,以印度为主力,推进环印度洋地区国家间在共同开发海洋资源、促进经贸往来等领域的合作。莫迪政府的“季风计划”已从最初的文化项目定位发展成为具有外交、经济功能的准战略规划。印度是古代“海上丝路”的重要驿站, 也是中国共建共享“一带一路”的重要伙伴。“季风计划”与“一带一路”在结构和本质上并不具有天然的对抗性,反而能实现相互对接甚至融合。