The Indian Ocean region is a key recipient of China’s investment in foreign commercial ports.
The challenge for China is to address the strong international concern caused by these activities in many countries, and especially in India. Sun Degang perceives India as a disruptive factor China must face. At the same time, China also faces varying degrees of interference created by the U.S. Sun Degang therefore foresees that China will be increasingly competing to invest in and operate port projects in the Indian Ocean region. This is indeed the case. Currently, Sri Lanka is about to sign an agreement with India and Japan to develop a deep-sea container terminal at the port of Colombo, next to a Chinese terminal.