The committee called on the UK to support India's drive for pre-eminence in the Indian Ocean, as a “stable fellow democracy, with which the UK shares most security interests”. However, it would seem the China conundrum has been hindering this very important aspect of the relationship. India is concerned about China's growing influence in the region, including its investments in ports through the Belt and Road (infrastructure) Initiative (BRI). New Delhi has called for connectivity initiatives to maintain standards of transparency, good governance, and respect for sovereignty. It is developing alternative initiatives to meet the region's infrastructure needs, including a joint proposal with Japan for an Asia-Africa Growth Corridor, and forging a deeper relationship with neighbours. India has joined Japan, Australia, and the US in a revival of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or “Quad”, an informal grouping that aims to defend a “free and open Indo-Pacific”-widely seen as a response to growing Chinese influence.