Aashna Agarwal

Aashna Agarwal

Former Researcher & Manager, Website and Publications

Aashna Agarwal was Researcher; Manager, Website and Publications at Gateway House. She graduated from The London School of Economics with an MSc degree in International Political Economy, prior to which she completed her Bachelor's of Arts with a major in Economics from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. She has interned with KPMG, The International Center for Research on Women and Global Relations Forum. She has an interest in macroeconomics, data analysis and Chinese foreign policy.  

Recent projects

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9 March 2020 Gateway House

Chinese investments in India

Over the last five years, China has quietly created a significant place for itself in India – in the technology domain. While India has refused to sign on to China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), this report shows India's positioning in the virtual BRI to be strategically invaluable for China. Nearly $4 billion in venture investments in start-ups, the online ecosystem and apps have been made by Chinese entities. This is just the beginning; there is more to come.
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27 February 2020 Gateway House

India in the virtual Belt and Road

Over the last five years, China has quietly created a significant place for itself in India – in the technology domain. While India has refused to sign on to China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), this map shows India's positioning in the virtual BRI to be strategically invaluable for China. Nearly $4 billion in venture investments in start-ups, the online ecosystem and apps have been made by Chinese entities. This is just the beginning; there is much more to come.

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14 November 2019 Gateway House

China’s strategic tech depth in India

In India, China’s tech giant companies and venture capital funds have become the primary vehicle for investments in the country – largely in tech start-ups. This is different from other emerging markets where Chinese investments are mostly in physical infrastructure. Chinese FDI into India is small at $6.2 billion, but its impact is already outsized, given the increasing penetration of tech in India
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27 June 2019 Gateway House

Decoding Hong Kong’s extradition bill

The extradition bill for Hong Kong, which drew massive protests, has been put into suspension. The bill is not just a matter of concern for the island state, but a global signal too. The people of Hong Kong want it to withdrawn completely and are pushing for the issue to be raised at the G20 Osaka summit on 28-29 June 2019
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2 April 2019 Gateway House

India & the influential SCO Energy Club

The main objective of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s (SCO) Energy Club, when Russia formed it, was to market its member states’ substantial oil and natural gas reserves. This map shows some of the important natural gas pipelines, originating from Russia and its neighbouring countries that are not members of the SCO. What can India do to secure supplies from these abundant but currently inaccessible natural gas reserves?
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12 July 2018 Gateway House

China’s focus on stability

Yuan Peng, Vice President, and Dr. HU Shisheng, director, respectively of the Institute of South & Southeast Asian and Oceanian Studies, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, Beijing, spoke to Gateway House about working towards ‘the final goal of denuclearisation’, India-China relations since the Doklam stand-off and addressing security concerns raised by the Belt and Road Initiative
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14 May 2018 Gateway House

Gwadar: trade hub or military asset?

China’s ostensible intentions are to turn Gwadar port into a focal point of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. But the geography of the region is a major stumbling block in the realisation of these ambitions and raises questions about the project’s underlying motives
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13 March 2018 Gateway House

Understanding financialisation

Claude Lopez, Director, International Finance and Macroeconomics Research, Milken Institute, spoke to Gateway House on how innovation in the financial sector does not come from finance, but from technology, and the private sector ought to take the lead in regulating the instruments of tomorrow