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The China-funded "Colombo Port City" project, whose development is suspended, is seen in Colombo October 19, 2015. Sri Lanka would consider allowing Chinese naval ships to visit again but no request has been forthcoming yet, the country's defence secretary said on Sunday. Sri Lanka's previous government had caused concern in India with its close ties to Beijing, including allowing Chinese submarines to dock. New Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has unnerved China though with his re-examination of relations, including a $1.5-billion Chinese-invested "port city" project in the capital Colombo.  REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte - GF10000251065

The U.S., China, and India balancing act in the Indo-Pacific

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In this episode, Tanvi Madan, fellow and director of the India Project, guest-hosted a conversation between Distinguished Fellow Shivshankar Menon and Nonresident Fellow Joshua White on how China’s deepening economic investments across South and Southeast Asia and India’s own expanding presence are affecting the regional balance of economic and political cooperation and competition.

Menon, former Indian ambassador to China, and White, former senior advisor on South Asia in the Obama administration, present viewpoints from New Delhi and Washington on local sovereignty and what it means to have a “free and open Indo-Pacific.”

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With thanks to audio producer Gaston Reboredo, Chris McKenna, Brennan Hoban, and Fred Dews for additional support.

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