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Securing critical undersea infrastructure
Defence and Security | Maritime Infrastructure Jun 13, 2024

Securing critical undersea infrastructure

The challenges of disruption of critical undersea infrastructure loom large. Thus, significant emphasis needs to be placed on the security and protection of such assets. ...

Africa’s delicate diplomacy in the South China Sea dispute
International Affairs Jun 13, 2024

Africa’s delicate diplomacy in the South China Sea dispute

The ongoing skirmishes in the South China Sea between China and regional states represent another severe threat to the world economy, directly affecting Africa. ...

President Lai Ching-te’s inaugural speech: Implications for Cross-Strait relations
International Affairs Jun 12, 2024

President Lai Ching-te’s inaugural speech: Implications for Cross-Strait relations

Adopting a firmer stance than his predecessors, President Lai reaffirmed in his speech that the ROC is separate from the PRC, reflecting the will of Taiwan's people ...

Shrinking Chinese demand, loan volumes weaken Africa’s growth prospects
International Affairs | Developing and Emerging Economies Jun 12, 2024

Shrinking Chinese demand, loan volumes weaken Africa’s growth prospects

Africa's economic dependence on China means the latter’s slowdown and shift to green and high-tech sectors harm Africa's economic prospect ...

The case for militarising the Quad just got nudged
International Affairs Jun 12, 2024

The case for militarising the Quad just got nudged

With the emergence of Squad, a new Pacific multilateral, the question whether the Quad should be militarised has resurfaced ...

Investigating the ecological decline in the Sundarbans
Climate, Food and Environment | Climate Change Jun 11, 2024

Investigating the ecological decline in the Sundarbans

Despite efforts by New Delhi and Dhaka to conserve the Sundarbans, institutional safeguards do not effectively translate into on-the-ground protection. ...

The AI “black box” conundrum
Cyber and Technology | Artificial Intelligence Jun 11, 2024

The AI “black box” conundrum

It is difficult and highly impractical for any AI regulation to be effective if the technology in question is hidden behind black boxes, be it training data or the algorithm itself. ...

Arab states and China tighten partnership at a time of turmoil
International Affairs | International Trade and Investment Jun 10, 2024

Arab states and China tighten partnership at a time of turmoil

China’s primary chase in West Asia remains economic and it will continue to push for economic integration despite the region’s challenges. ...

How a tiny country competes with China in honey exports
Climate, Food and Environment | International Trade and Investment Jun 10, 2024

How a tiny country competes with China in honey exports

In a world dominated by cheap and adulterated honey, New Zealand exports high-value honey. This strategy has helped them compete with China. ...

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Ayjaz Wani

Ayjaz Wani

Ayjaz Wani (Phd) is a Fellow in the Strategic Studies Programme at ORF. Based out of Mumbai, he tracks China’s relations with Central Asia, Pakistan and the Uyghur Muslim minorities of China’s Xinjiang province. In addition, Dr Wani tracks India-Central Asia ...

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Ivan Shchedrov

Ivan Shchedrov is presently a Visiting Fellow at Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. He is also a research fellow at the Center of Indo-Pacific Region of the IMEMO RAS. An alumnus of MGIMO University he previously worked in the technological ...

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