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Debt Diplomacy in Action: An Overview of China's Loans and Investments in West Africa
Sep 15, 2023

Debt Diplomacy in Action: An Overview of China's Loans and Investments in West Africa

In recent years, China has increasingly invested in West Africa to further its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, diversify its supply chains, and acquire critical minerals and raw materials for its domestic industries. Indeed, China sees immense potential in West Africa for the region’s ability to provide a secure supply of critical minerals and energy resources insulated from the West. Beijing is now the region’s largest bilateral trading

Debt Diplomacy in Action: An Overview of China’s Loans and Investments in West Africa
Sep 15, 2023

Debt Diplomacy in Action: An Overview of China’s Loans and Investments in West Africa

In recent years, China has increasingly invested in West Africa to further its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, diversify its supply chains, and acquire critical minerals and raw materials for its domestic industries. Indeed, China sees immense potential in West Africa for the region’s ability to provide a secure supply of critical minerals and energy resources insulated from the West. Beijing is now the region’s largest bilateral trading

EAM Jaishankar’s visit to Bhutan and its political connotations
Jun 12, 2019

EAM Jaishankar’s visit to Bhutan and its political connotations

S. Jaishankar's visit to Bhutan is timely and hopes to check China’s growing influence in the region.

East meets West
Apr 29, 2022

East meets West

India’s ties with Europe have grown notwithstanding its stance on Russia over Ukraine

Environmental effects of Chinese projects in Myanmar
Apr 15, 2020

Environmental effects of Chinese projects in Myanmar

Since 2010, China has been casting its eyes on Myanmar’s rich natural resources for commercial exploitation.

Green Hydrogen: An Opportunity for India-Africa Cooperation
Jan 16, 2023

Green Hydrogen: An Opportunity for India-Africa Cooperation

Although India and Africa have long shared close ties, engagement between the two regions is yet to reach its full potential. However, amid the global green transition and attempts to enhance energy security, green hydrogen—increasingly seen as the ‘fuel of the future’—could provide a new avenue for cooperation between the regions. Such a partnership, focused on building a global value chain for the large-scale adoption of green h

Has China reset military equations?
Oct 09, 2019

Has China reset military equations?

China’s military modernisation has been striking both for its pace and ambition.

Headwinds after a hard-line approach
Dec 05, 2019

Headwinds after a hard-line approach

With Xi Jinping and the Communist Party facing various pressures, Beijing could be tempted to deflect the attention

How a changing global order will emerge in the post-Covid world
Apr 15, 2020

How a changing global order will emerge in the post-Covid world

A changing global economic order will make many nations focus on India as a preferred destination for investment over China.

India and China in Central Asia: Understanding the new rivalry in the heart of Eurasia
Feb 17, 2020

India and China in Central Asia: Understanding the new rivalry in the heart of Eurasia

After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, India established official ties with the five former Soviet Republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan; so did China. In recent years, both India and China have come up with different strategies to strengthen their respective ties with these resource-rich economies, collectively called the Central Asian Republics (CARs). China’s strategy is the ambitious Belt and Roa

India challenges China’s intentions on One Belt, One Road initiative
Jun 22, 2017

India challenges China’s intentions on One Belt, One Road initiative

Plans for the ambitious One Belt, One Road initiative should emphasize multilateral cooperation — or risk opposition.

India needs to drive an independent foreign policy to take on Colombo
May 29, 2017

India needs to drive an independent foreign policy to take on Colombo

Even while Sri Lanka doesn't figure as a major asset to India, New Delhi is reluctant to lose it entirely to China.

India should work with China on OBOR for its own economic benefit
May 18, 2017

India should work with China on OBOR for its own economic benefit

India should know that the OBOR scheme is not about CPEC and Pakistan; but in fact its primary goal is to integrate the rich European economy with that of China’s.

India-US cooperation in SA: Beyond what meets the eye
May 06, 2024

India-US cooperation in SA: Beyond what meets the eye

India, the world’s largest democracy, and the United States (US), the world’s oldest democracy, are heading to elections this year. The elections come when both democracies are increasing their cooperation in South Asia (SA) to maintain a ‘free and open’ Indo-Pacific and push back against an assertive and aggressive China.

Invest, Indebt, Incapacitate: Is China Replicating Its ‘Xinjiang Model’ In BRI Countries?
Aug 21, 2020

Invest, Indebt, Incapacitate: Is China Replicating Its ‘Xinjiang Model’ In BRI Countries?

China has been aggressively promoting its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) through massive investments in participating countries, as a means to further its strategic, economic and political goals. Such a strategy bears striking similarities to its policies in the Xinjiang province. This paper attempts a comparative study between Xinjiang and BRI countries in South and Central Asia to highlight the issues these states will likely face in the coming

Is Indo-Pacific a viable geostrategic project?
Jul 25, 2019

Is Indo-Pacific a viable geostrategic project?

The Belt and Road Initiative and the “free and open” Indo-Pacific are competing initiatives. However, the real choice will be made by developing s

Is it time for a stronger India-Brazil relationship?
Nov 22, 2019

Is it time for a stronger India-Brazil relationship?

Modi and Bolsonaro might be the leaders to transform this stagnant relationship.

Is turbulent the new normal in Sino-Indian relations?
Mar 02, 2024

Is turbulent the new normal in Sino-Indian relations?

On India’s part, it has stood up to the China challenge on several fronts.

Making sense of OBOR response
May 30, 2017

Making sense of OBOR response

Analysts may be right to suggest that India cornered itself by not attending the OBOR meet. But, the national identity considerations are important — sometimes, one has to suffer to uphold prestige.

Maldives’ Muizzu Throws in With China
Jan 19, 2024

Maldives’ Muizzu Throws in With China

Malé is playing India and China against each other and trying to get the best deal, but Muizzu appears to have gone a bit overboard this time.

Missing the OBOR a big mistake
May 20, 2017

Missing the OBOR a big mistake

Chinese and not Indian firms will become more prominent in the neighbourhood, cashing in on their willingness and urgency to join OBOR.

Nepal Distancing itself from India
Oct 14, 2019

Nepal Distancing itself from India

Nepal and India must work towards reducing their differences. Otherwise, the growing distance could prove counterproductive to the interests of both t

Nepal’s cautious deals with China
Oct 10, 2023

Nepal’s cautious deals with China

Although PM Dahal signed several agreements with China during his recent visit, critics at home are dismayed that Nepal is not gaining anything concre

One belt, one road, and now one circle
Feb 21, 2018

One belt, one road, and now one circle

The anticipated economic and strategic windfall from environmental change in the Arctic has spurred China to officially enunciate an Arctic policy. Ke

Post OBOR, should India relook its neighbourhood policy?
May 23, 2017

Post OBOR, should India relook its neighbourhood policy?

India needs to enhance its engagement with the neighbours to fulfil its vision for shared growth and prosperity – a key mantra of the nation’s neighbourhood policy.

Prachanda’s visit to Beijing- A tough balancing act?
Nov 07, 2023

Prachanda’s visit to Beijing- A tough balancing act?

Despite making headway in other aspects of its ties with China, Nepal’s inability to raise key concerns with the latter may prove costly in the long

Return of a new non-alignment?
Jun 25, 2020

Return of a new non-alignment?

The middle powers are taking the middle path to dealing with the US and China, which may lead to significant challenges if New Delhi chooses to build

Rising anti-Chinese sentiments in Kazakhstan
Oct 04, 2019

Rising anti-Chinese sentiments in Kazakhstan

How President Tokayev walks the tightrope in the coming months will determine the fate of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, to which, Cent

Seychelles’ calibrated approach towards maritime dependency
Jun 07, 2024

Seychelles’ calibrated approach towards maritime dependency

Given its location and its capabilities, Seychelles is well-placed to mitigate sea-borne challenges by cooperating with major players.

Shift towards geoeconomics: Connecting India with West Asia
May 13, 2023

Shift towards geoeconomics: Connecting India with West Asia

Doval’s Riyadh visit and I2U2’s steady progress demonstrate a nimble, pragmatic and business-like foreign policy.

Sino-Indian rivalry in rail connectivity in Nepal
Apr 17, 2024

Sino-Indian rivalry in rail connectivity in Nepal

The growing China-India rivalry in rail connectivity in Nepal can could potentially drive advancements in its linkages. Nevertheless, Nepal should app

South Asian nations get back to reality
Mar 17, 2023

South Asian nations get back to reality

The crises in Sri Lanka and Pakistan are raising questions about the relevance and the costs of their reliance on the alternative financial system provided by China’s Belt and Road Initiative

The ASEAN, PIF, and IORA drive the agenda of the Quad Leaders’ Meeting in Hiroshima
May 25, 2023

The ASEAN, PIF, and IORA drive the agenda of the Quad Leaders’ Meeting in Hiroshima

China’s growing footprint in Southeast Asia, the Pacific and Indian Ocean has prompted closer cooperation between the Quad and organisations such as