We have all heard from various quarters both within & outside the govt how china is trying to encircle india through its 'string of pearls' strategy.. But just have a look at the article below as it refutes that idea..... http://www.carnegieendowment.org/publications/index.cfm?fa=view&id=42332 Is China developing new port facilities along the Indian Oceanâ€”the so-called string of pearlsâ€”to strengthen its military presence in South Asia and contain India? The string of pearls argument is fraudulentâ€”itâ€™s simply false. This concept was developed in the West to explain Chinaâ€™s acquisition of strategic bases and construction of port facilities in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar, but when it was examined by the U.S. government and other scholars, the theory was found baseless. While Beijing has assisted governments and countries in developing ports with the help of Chinese companies, the assistance has primarily been designed to improve the abilities of these ports to operate as commercial entities and establish facilities where resourcesâ€”primarily energy suppliesâ€”can be shipped inland. There is littleâ€”if anyâ€”evidence that the Chinese military is involved. Itâ€™s a compelling idea that makes sense from afar, but a close look at the details reveals the flaws.