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Divided Asia
Jan 15, 2014

Divided Asia

The contest between China and Japan over tiny islands, Senkaku in Tokyo and Diaoyu in Beijing, has brought the militaries of the two nations face to face on a routine basis. Japan and South Korea and Japan and Russia are also squabbling over small islets in the Sea of Japan.

Does AUKUS Augment or Diminish the Quad?
Sep 23, 2021

Does AUKUS Augment or Diminish the Quad?

AUKUS fits into a growing network of minilaterials crisscrossing the Indo-Pacific and rooted in shared strategic interests.

East Asian trilateralism at a crossroads?
Dec 29, 2017

East Asian trilateralism at a crossroads?

Historical differences can threaten the optimism raised at APEC and East Asian Summit.

East Asia’s History Wars
Jan 20, 2021

East Asia’s History Wars

This brief examines the historical dimension of the tensions between Japan and South Korea and its implications on the current breakdown in their bilateral relationship. It argues that the battle over historical memory has led to lasting animosity between the two countries, contributing to serious problems in their defence ties and creating space for China to expand its influence in the region. The brief explores why efforts to overcome the histo

Evolving maritime geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific region
Jul 10, 2014

Evolving maritime geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific region

A four-day maritime conference on "Maritime Geo-Politics in the Indo-pacific" was organised in Chennai, Kochi and New Delhi recently. The conference saw speakers deliver perspectives from India, China, Japan, US, Australia and Indonesia.

Exploring New Trends in Development Finance through Private Capital
Jul 27, 2021

Exploring New Trends in Development Finance through Private Capital

This brief examines the efficacy of the inclusion of private capital in development finance, using the cases of certain countries that have met with success in utilising such a strategy. It underlines the experiences of institutions like the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and the United States International Development Finance Corporation (US-IDFC) that use innovative financial tools to support international financial institution

Facing an aggressive China: The US may be inching towards Asian alliance
Nov 08, 2017

Facing an aggressive China: The US may be inching towards Asian alliance

The United States, Japan, India, Australia – may emerge as guarantors of free trade and defense cooperation to check China

Forging China-Resistant Supplier Compacts
Aug 14, 2023

Forging China-Resistant Supplier Compacts

China’s approach to trade has stood impervious to change. It is time for a new geoeconomic approach to counter China. Like-minded nations can fashion rapid arrangements to grow the supply chains that matter most, such as for electric vehicles (EV). The US and India, plus Australia, Canada, Japan, Britain, Taiwan, Korea, and Mexico can form an EV supply chain compact to create a level playing field within the group and incentivise their

France is looking for new allies in Asia
Jul 20, 2019

France is looking for new allies in Asia

It would be worth France, India, and Japan beginning an institutionalised and wide-ranging dialogue to ensure that the three of them can better coordinate their activities in the Indo-Pacific — not necessarily to counter China, but to encourage it to cooperate.

Free Trade after RCEP: What next for India?
May 24, 2023

Free Trade after RCEP: What next for India?

India pulled out of the planned Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in 2018 after entering negotiations in 2013. India has a trade deficit with 11 out of the 15 RCEP countries and some analysts have theorised that India decided to opt out of the agreement because of such adverse trade balance.  Indeed, India has a trade deficit with most of its trade partners in past free trade agreements (FTAs). It is in this context that this br

Friends for the future
Aug 30, 2014

Friends for the future

Although Modi could not make Japan his first foreign destination as PM, he has kept the essence of his promise that he would attach special significance to ties with Tokyo. His trip to Japan is his first bilateral diplomatic engagement outside the subcontinent.

Fumio Kishida outperforms election expectations
Nov 02, 2021

Fumio Kishida outperforms election expectations

The Liberal Democratic Party defied expectations and managed to sweep 261 seats with Fumio Kishida at the helm.

G20 Summit 2019: Will it be just another gathering of world leaders?
Jun 24, 2019

G20 Summit 2019: Will it be just another gathering of world leaders?

The G20 has gradually transformed itself from a forum for economic crisis management — through international cooperation and discussion on specific

Geo-economics in East Asia: A word of caution on China
Sep 17, 2013

Geo-economics in East Asia: A word of caution on China

Can China slow down without imploding? No, says Mr. Osamu Tanaka, the Executive Vice President of the Policy Research Institute of the Ministry of Finance, Japan. He predicts that 2017/8 will be the beginning of a Chinese financial meltdown.

Greater Indian Visibility in its Neighbourhood
Nov 08, 2004

Greater Indian Visibility in its Neighbourhood

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government headed by Mr. A. B. Vajpayee had made India increasingly invisible in its neighbourhood. It was content to play second fiddle to the US in Nepal and Sri Lanka, let Norway, the European Union and Japan play a more active role in Sri Lanka, maintained a silence on the growing confrontation between President Abdul Gayoom of the Maldives and the pro-democracy activists

Hope on Abe and Modi to take relations to a new height
Jul 16, 2014

Hope on Abe and Modi to take relations to a new height

There is a strong sense in Japan today that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi would take India-Japan relations to a new height, say senior officials and scholars in japan.

How China strengthens the Quad
Sep 04, 2020

How China strengthens the Quad

Chinese belligerence further strengthens the motivation for Australia, India, Japan, and the United States to keep the Quad together.

How the crisis in Sudan accentuated the strategic importance of Djibouti
Apr 25, 2023

How the crisis in Sudan accentuated the strategic importance of Djibouti

As the security situation in Sudan worsens, the importance of having a military base at Djibouti has been further underscored

India - A counterweight to the rise of China
Sep 17, 2014

India - A counterweight to the rise of China

China has a somewhat limited aim to keep India as a neutral in their real battle that for pre-eminence in East Asia, where they are pitted against the Japan-US combine. India has no real stakes in the conflict, and it is not as if Japan supports the Indian position on our borders with China or Jammu & Kashmir. Yet, New Delhi needs to handle the issue with a great deal of care.

India and a new Asian order
May 21, 2022

India and a new Asian order

India should join hands with Japan, South Korea, and Australia to collaborate on shared geopolitical and security interests so that it can counterbala

India and the Malacca conundrum
Aug 14, 2020

India and the Malacca conundrum

Delhi sides with the U.S. and Japan vis a vis China in this strategic strait. But it needs substantial improvements.

India and US: Friends with benefits
Jan 21, 2015

India and US: Friends with benefits

Narendra Modi has emphatically indicated that good and close relations with the US will form the core of his global policy. In the short time he has been in power, Modi has met Obama thrice. An indication of his thrust are the close ties that the Modi government is building with Japan and Australia.

India as the regional leader in maintaining security in the Indo-Pacific
Nov 13, 2017

India as the regional leader in maintaining security in the Indo-Pacific

There is mounting interest in reviving the US-India-Australia-Japan Quad strategic dialogue.

India can't be at sea over China
Aug 30, 2016

India can't be at sea over China

India and Japan have had a long relationship, which was never really a factor in their relationship with China.

India has failed to cash in on its relationship with America
Feb 04, 2014

India has failed to cash in on its relationship with America

There is a significant difference between the texture of the relationship that the US enjoys with other democracies like UK, Germany, France and Japan, and the one it has with India. And neither are we able to cash in on it to the extent the Chinese and the Pakistanis managed.

India Inc. in ASEAN: Reclaiming its receding footprint
May 23, 2023

India Inc. in ASEAN: Reclaiming its receding footprint

Has India’s free trade agreement with the 10-member Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) spurred India Inc.’s globalising drive eastwards? This region, after all, has recently emerged as a major destination for investments from Japan – which is widening its options due to its conflicts with China – and the US, with its so-called ‘pivot to Asia’. India’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with ASEAN, which kicked off in January 20

India must adjust to the rise of China
Nov 25, 2014

India must adjust to the rise of China

India's best course is the one that Prime Minister Modi is setting. This seeks to position India as a "swing state". On one hand, India has joined the New Development Bank, the AIIB and resisted American-led efforts to condemn Russia over Ukraine. On the other, it is actively wooing the US and its allies, Japan and Australia, in the Asia Pacific region.

India must make the most of its geopolitical sweet spot
Sep 16, 2022

India must make the most of its geopolitical sweet spot

Never before has India story looked more credible than it does today with the world in turmoil and India standing out as a beacon of hope.

India wants a Quad to counteract China's expanding influence
Jan 25, 2018

India wants a Quad to counteract China's expanding influence

The Quad's real problem is the absence of a plan to counter China's smart-strategy in South Asia that combines economic activity with benign naval presence.

India-Australia strategic ties should stand alone, say experts
May 27, 2013

India-Australia strategic ties should stand alone, say experts

Experts at a seminar in Chennai felt that 'rogue Sates' like North Korea could alter the security architecture as well as the geo-strategic approach in Asia. And, in light of this uncertainty, evolving ties between nations like India, Japan, South Korea and Australia gain significance. It also stressed the need for Australia-India ties to be treated as a stand-alone development.

India-China Relations: Economics Is Not All
Sep 03, 2010

India-China Relations: Economics Is Not All

India and China do differ radically on the kind of Asian layout for the future. India work at an inclusive approach as opposed to China's exclusivist approach which appears directed against India, US and Japan.

India-France Agree on Space Security Dialogue
Sep 07, 2021

India-France Agree on Space Security Dialogue

India has held such dialogues with the U.S. and Japan in the past.

India-South Korea partnership on an impressive trajectory
Mar 29, 2012

India-South Korea partnership on an impressive trajectory

India's Look East policy, launched in 1991, has made steady progress in widening its economic and strategic reach to Japan and South Korea. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's recent visit to South Korea should be seen in the expanding context of India's Look East Policy.

India’s Malabar Dilemma
May 10, 2023

India’s Malabar Dilemma

Speculations are rife about India possibly inviting Australia for the next Malabar naval exercise—which COVID-19 has caused to be moved to 2021.[1] If true, this would represent a break from the past and signal a change in the Asian strategic environment. Over the past few years, India has consistently resisted including Australia in the exercise, despite the latter’s willingness. The only other time that Australia was included in the Malabar

India’s management of global fluidity
Dec 07, 2018

India’s management of global fluidity

The Indo-Pacific construct is now at the centre of strategic jockeying in the region and the three nations — Japan, America and India — have been trying to define the exact scope of their engagement.

India’s Northeast: Gateway to Connectivity with Eastern Neighbours
Mar 29, 2023

India’s Northeast: Gateway to Connectivity with Eastern Neighbours

India’s Northeast Region (NER) can serve as a pivotal connecting space between India and its neighbours to the east in South Asia, as well as to East and Southeast Asia and beyond, enhancing the country’s diplomatic, infrastructural, and commercial engagements. This paper makes an assessment of NER’s cross-border land connectivity initiatives with Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, and Bhutan—all members of the Bay of Bengal Initiative f

India’s South China Sea policy has not changed. Now, as before, there’s no appetite to challenge China
Sep 16, 2019

India’s South China Sea policy has not changed. Now, as before, there’s no appetite to challenge China

India’s back-to-back moves to boost relations with Japan and Russia, particularly in security matters, appear to indicate it wants a bigger naval role in the contested South China Sea to counter a rising China. The reality is far different

India’s ‘Look Far East’: The Vladivostok moment in Indo-Russian relations
May 26, 2020

India’s ‘Look Far East’: The Vladivostok moment in Indo-Russian relations

This paper explains Russian co-option of India into the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) at a high level of participation in September 2019 and the range of agreements involved. It argues that the co-option was the result of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s dissatisfaction with the economic outcomes so far for the Russian Far East of “northeast Asian regional cooperation.” Moscow related this behaviour to skewed priorities of East Asia’s �

Is India firmly aligned with the US now?
Jan 30, 2015

Is India firmly aligned with the US now?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, within eight months of coming to power, has gone about strengthening India's relations with Japan, Australia and the US, in what seems to be a well laid out plan with a clear agenda.

Is the US retreating from Asia, giving way to China?
Dec 07, 2017

Is the US retreating from Asia, giving way to China?

Trump’s “toned down” stance on the South China Sea issue, his emphasis on “America first” policy and his soft attitude towards China have made many Japanese leaders suspect that the US is retreating from Asia.

Li's India visit may be a memorable one
May 17, 2013

Li's India visit may be a memorable one

China's Blue Book sees the US as a pivot to Asia and strengthening of alliances in the region is viewed by the Chinese analyst as being directed to contain China. The Blue Book also notes that India's defence cooperation with the US, Japan, Vietnam and Australia has strengthened it. India has to act with maturity while dealing with the resurgent China.

Make China India's natural ally for development
May 13, 2015

Make China India's natural ally for development

The key challenge PM Modi would face in China is to completely debunk the hypothesis, which some people suspect, that a key objective of Modi's 'Act East' policy is to contain China, in covert or overt support with the U.S., Japan and other affected nations. This task is not surely going to be easy.

Malabar Exercise: A concert of democracies on the high seas
Oct 23, 2015

Malabar Exercise: A concert of democracies on the high seas

Exercise Malabar and the trilateral dialogue have assumed significance in the backdrop of the US' rebalance to Asia and India's Act East Policy. The growing convergence of interests among the US, Japan and India on issues such as the Indian Ocean, maritime security, respect for international law and a stable Asian security order has driven the trilateral dialogue.

Manmohan Singh's last summit meeting with Shinzo Abe
Jan 23, 2014

Manmohan Singh's last summit meeting with Shinzo Abe

From all reports, it is quite clear that the Japanese PM's Delhi visit would mainly be devoted to consolidate the partnership and draw up a fresh road map for future developments. The much anticipated agreement on civil nuclear cooperation is not likely to happen during the current visit.

Maritime Diplomacy is Vital for the Quad’s Success
Sep 24, 2021

Maritime Diplomacy is Vital for the Quad’s Success

Growing maritime competition in the Indian ocean has compelled India to engage in maritime diplomacy with the Quad countries to upkeep its commitment

Middle Powers are driving sustainable development in the Indo-Pacific
Sep 26, 2023

Middle Powers are driving sustainable development in the Indo-Pacific

In today’s world, the role of major and middle powers is more critical than ever in ensuring that wider developmental concerns are addressed

Modi and CHOGM 2018: Reimagining the Commonwealth HARSH V. PANTAKSHAY RANADE
Aug 20, 2023

Modi and CHOGM 2018: Reimagining the Commonwealth HARSH V. PANTAKSHAY RANADE

Ties between India and Japan are historical and enduring. In the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC), the leaders of the two countries have married their respective countries’ “Act East” Policy and “Free and Open Indo Pacific” aspirations. The AAGC is envisioned to provide a renewed opportunity for partnership where both regions can complement each other’s development and growth.  The AAGC will bring out the economic gains for Afr