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WWII parade: Ambitious China, divided Asia, uncertain India
C. Raja Mohan
04 September 2015
New Delhi knew Beijing's commemoration was about a political effort to isolate Japan. India had no reason to endorse that. At the same time, New Delhi could not turn down Beijing's invitation. its neat compromise reflects India's genuine desire to have good relations with both China and Japan.
Is China emerging as an obvious challenger to US globally
Vikram Sood
07 August 2015
To be a world leader, China will first have to be supreme in Asia, which has 10 of the world's largest countries. To be supreme in Asia, it will have to deal with Japan and India.
China's Taliban
C. Raja Mohan
31 July 2015
If New Delhi lets domestic political passions overwhelm the need for a carefully crafted strategy towards Pakistan, it will find the Afghan dynamic will soon make matters a lot more difficult for India.
Abe's defence
C. Raja Mohan
21 July 2015
It's not often that one sees leaders take risks in the pursuit of a political conviction. Abe, a rare exception, has been steadfast in his determination to remove the extraordinary restraints on Japan's military imposed by its post-war constitution. Abe wants Japan to be a "normal" power, 70 years after World War II.
Civil society and internal security in China
Mahalakshmi Ganapathy
20 July 2015
In China, we see a situation emerging in the form of "mass incidents" (a term used by the Chinese State to define civil unrest). These mass incidents have been steadily rising. A 2001 CCP report has identified a spreading pattern of protests and group incidents arising from economic, environmental, ethnic and religious conflicts in China.
Will the Chinese anti-corruption campaign succeed?
Mahalakshmi G
08 July 2015
For over a year, China is running a huge anti-corruption campaign. More than 1,82,000 officials have been punished, including high ranking military officials, four national leaders and senior executives of state companies. However, this type of arbitrary and high-handed posture could backfire and become a catalyst for political crisis if it continues in the present way.
Chinese submarines
C. Raja Mohan
01 July 2015
India paid a high price for failing to anticipate the Sino-Pak nuclear nexus in the 1970s and 1980s. It is erring again by neglecting the potential for a maritime alliance between China and Pakistan that could severely constrain India's freedom of action in the Indian Ocean.
China's Belt & Road diplomacy
Rakhahari Chatterji
25 June 2015
To draw lines on the map along the ancient trade routes of China and to claim that they marked an exclusive zone of trade and dense economic relationship centering around and led by China will beg a number of questions. Does it mean that countries within the zone will sever their trade and economic relations with countries outside the zone?
Pakistan, China's new frontline state
H K Dua
22 June 2015
India cannot ignore what is happening in its North-West. It is not clear what is going to be Indian policy to protect its political, strategic and economic interests in Afghanistan. May be the Indian policy-makers will have to sit back and think of ways to ensure that India's role in Af-Pak region doesn't become minimal.
Xi-Putin bonhomie fails Western policy towards Russia
Uma Purushothaman
16 June 2015
The Western policy of isolating Russia has only served to push Russia deeper into Chinese arms. Russia and China are planning to increase their engagement in Central Asia and will coordinate their policies in the former Soviet territories in Eurasia.
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