Project MAUSAM: China shows willingness to cooperate

Date: April 06, 2015

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China is ready to link Maritime Silk Route plans with India’s ‘Mausam’ project

China has expressed its readiness to work with India to link its ambitious Maritime Silk Route plans with India's "Mausam" project in a bid to address New Delhi's strategic concerns and derive "common benefits". 

Project ‘Mausam’:

Project Mausam is a Project under which the Government of India has proposed to establish cross cultural linkages and to revive historic maritime cultural and economic ties with 39 Indian Ocean countries. Project Mausam purposes to determine the versatile Indian Ocean “world” — expanding from East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, the Indian subcontinent and Sri Lanka to the Southeast Asian archipelago. India government will try to pull on its ancient connections with nations in this region as it proposes an alternative, which could counter-balance the maritime silk route of China.

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It is a Ministry of Culture project with Archaeological Society of India (ASI) as the nodal agency and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) as its Research Unit. The endeavour of Project ‘Mausam’ is to position itself at two levels-

  - at the broad level it aims to reconnect and re-establish communications between countries of the Indian Ocean world,

  - at the micro level the focus is on understanding national cultures in their regional maritime milieu.