China invites India to join its Maritime Silk Road initiative - Livemint Couple things to note here: 1. This plan is presented concurrent to the recently resumed Sino-Indian border talks. 2. My sources in a Chinese think tank indicate that the UPA's worsening electoral position has made them (and MMS in particular) anxious for a 'comprehensive' (ç»¼åˆæ€§) agreement with China before May 2014. 3. My sources also state that the BJP has privately urged China to 'stall' on their negotiations (analogous to what the Nixon campaign did with the North Vietnamese in 1968), hoping China gives 'credit' for any final agreement to the BJP (and Narendra Modi in particular). The BJP also threatened that 'any Sino-Indian agreement presented to the Lok Sabha while the UPA holds power will be nullified as soon as the BJP takes over' and 'the UPA's days are numbered'. 4. Concurrent to China's naval deployments in the Lombok Straits, China is also prepping a sweetened economic package for India - clear example of carrot and stick diplomacy. 5. Eventually, this agreement will link with RCEP (a trade region centered around ASEAN + China + India + possibly Aus/Japan). 6. This agreement will have a heavy 'anti-piracy' component that will create yearly joint naval drills. This is the 'security for IOR shipping lanes' deal I've hinted at on DFI for a while. Now, it is public.