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India's trade diplomacy in South Asia
Mar 30, 2013

India's trade diplomacy in South Asia

India's exports would go down if economic sanctions are imposed on Sri Lanka as sought by some people in Tamil Nadu, affecting farmers, manufacturers and suppliers in the State, says former President of the India-ASEAN-Sri Lanka Chamber of Commerce.

India's Truck, China's Ferrari
Jun 07, 2011

India's Truck, China's Ferrari

While viewing China through the prism of economic rivalry is unhelpful, so is judging it based on relations with neighbouring countries. Doing so is distracting, and makes India look insecure, with a developing country mind-set rather than that of aspiring superpower.

India's UNSC aspirations: Is China on board?
Mar 05, 2015

India's UNSC aspirations: Is China on board?

Earlier this month, the RIC forum meeting in Beijing supported India's aspirations to play a greater role in the UN. Recently, the Chinese spokesperson Hua Chunying too made some small change in its stance on UNSC expansion and India's aspirations. But still, it is not clear whether it is a distinct shift in China's policy.

India's water management still plagued by British legacy
Oct 26, 2015

India's water management still plagued by British legacy

Despite the worldwide call for a change in water management paradigm in favour of demand management and ecosystem restoration (also known as Integrated Water Resource Management), India still adheres to its archaic notions of water resource development.

India, China - a new partnership
Jul 26, 2010

India, China - a new partnership

India and China will need each other's markets and labour in the future. With rising wages, India can become an important outsourcing partner for China and more Indian finished goods can be sent to China. It could mean faster poverty reduction in India if growth with equity is the chosen path.

India, China and the media
Feb 23, 2015

India, China and the media

Senior journalists from India and China discussed various important issues affecting the India-China relations and the role of media in both the countries in giving a right perspective to issues and help improve relations further. The platform was the India-China Media Exchange, organised by ORF in Delhi in association with the Global Times Foundation.

India, China have made no attempts to change border status quo: Foreign Secretary
Mar 19, 2009

India, China have made no attempts to change border status quo: Foreign Secretary

China is now India's single largest trading partner and a big growing export market for Indian goods

India, China need to institutionalize water resources sharing: Jairam Ramesh
Jul 03, 2014

India, China need to institutionalize water resources sharing: Jairam Ramesh

India and China should begin a full-fledged dialogue on water resources in order to address the suspicion that China is diverting river water away from India, according to former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh.

India, China still have big problems between them
Sep 20, 2014

India, China still have big problems between them

Notwithstanding the friendly rhetoric and promises of Chinese investment, India and China still have big problems between them. The biggest, as Narendra Modi's remarks at the press interaction noted, is the border.

India, Iran and the story of Chabahar
Oct 27, 2014

India, Iran and the story of Chabahar

After over a decade of declared intentions, India has finally decided to put money on the strategically important Chabahar project. It's a sad story of how bold intentions of leaders were stalled by the different perspectives in different ministries of the Government itself.

India, Iran and the US: The Problematic Triangle
Dec 22, 2007

India, Iran and the US: The Problematic Triangle

Dr P R Kumaraswamy, Associate Professor, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, initiated a discussion on ¿India, Iran and the US: The Problematic Triangle¿ at the ORF Chennai Chapter of the Observer Research Foundation on 22 December 2007.

India, Israel and the Gaza war
Jul 17, 2014

India, Israel and the Gaza war

India can leverage its traditional closeness to the Palestinians as well as its current friendly ties with Israel to help advance the peace process, even if in a small way. But this requires care and finesse, which is unlikely to be found in the parliamentary din.

India, Japan PMs to review China's assertive postures
May 16, 2013

India, Japan PMs to review China's assertive postures

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's forthcoming visit to Japan for the annual summit comes at a time when both countries are faced with serious territorial frictions with China. Mr Singh and his Japanese counterpart Mr. Shinzo Abe will review China's assertive maritime postures and other major developments in East Asia.

India, Japan should focus on the Asian strategic framework
Jan 16, 2014

India, Japan should focus on the Asian strategic framework

Both Tokyo and New Delhi want to create a stabler Asian order by redefining partnerships in the region. Can India and Japan take the lead in this regard and form a concert of nations that would bring about balance of power in the Asia-Pacific?

India, Japan, US trilateral meeting later this year, says Japanese Ambassador
Jun 29, 2011

India, Japan, US trilateral meeting later this year, says Japanese Ambassador

India, Japan and the United States are planning to conduct their first trilateral meeting in New Delhi later this year to discuss issues of strategic interests, according to Japan's Ambassador to India, Mr. Akitaka Saiki.

India, Kazakhstan need to look beyond economic cooperation
Apr 29, 2011

India, Kazakhstan need to look beyond economic cooperation

While the bilateral relation between India and Kazakhstan has strengthened in the past few years, accessibility remains a major obstacle to our economic cooperation. Given the present problems, India, in the immediate future, needs to focus on the Iranian route and the North-South Corridor.

India, Pakistan need to shift focus towards CBMs
Jun 24, 2014

India, Pakistan need to shift focus towards CBMs

India and Pakistan need to begin a dialogue on economic and military relations. It will be a challenge for both countries to balance the provision of security for its populations with the need to create the enabling environment for economic and social development and growth.

India, Pakistan: Friends again?
Dec 08, 2015

India, Pakistan: Friends again?

The Modi government came to power in New Delhi pledging a muscular approach to relations with Islamabad. But now, the government has realised that while it can control the narrative at home, it cannot do so abroad. Most countries saw New Delhi's actions as somewhat over the top.

India, Russia cannot  give up on each other
Dec 28, 2012

India, Russia cannot give up on each other

If Putin and Manmohan Singh want to capture some of the magic of the past, it is imperative to look beyond government-to-government ties and engage the private sector as well as civil society. The India-Russia relationship is not only about defence or nuclear issues but about people.

India, Russia need to think strategically about Central Asia
Mar 04, 2013

India, Russia need to think strategically about Central Asia

Both India and Russia need to start thinking strategically about the Central Asian region, not letting emotions guide their foreign policy decisions. This was the consensus reached at a conference organised recently in Delhi.

India, Russia, here and now
Dec 10, 2014

India, Russia, here and now

As hard-boiled realists, Modi and Putin must acknowledge the new dynamic around them, find ways to limit its impact on the bilateral relationship and move quickly towards expanding the scope of their commercial ties and revitalising their cooperation in energy, defence and high-technology sectors.

India, Sri Lanka and the UNHRC
Mar 08, 2012

India, Sri Lanka and the UNHRC

''The Centre will consider the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka and the overall relationship between India and its island-neighbour while formulating its stand on the US-backed resolution against Sri Lanka in the UNHRC,''.

India, Sri Lanka Working on Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement: Sri Lanka Minister
Dec 17, 2007

India, Sri Lanka Working on Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement: Sri Lanka Minister

India and Sri Lanka are now working on a comprehensive economic agreement following the success of the Free Trade Agreement of 1999. This was stated by Sri Lanka's Minister for Export Promotion and International Trade,

India, US drivers of globalisation: Strobe Talbott
Feb 10, 2005

India, US drivers of globalisation: Strobe Talbott

Mr. Strobe Talbott, President of Brookings Institution and former US deputy secretary of state, said that the improvement in Indo-US relations is not as real as it should be. Mr. Talbott was delivering a talk at the ORF Mumbai University on February 10, 2005.

India, US must go beyond geopolitics
Oct 01, 2014

India, US must go beyond geopolitics

Whatever Modi may want to do in the coming years is circumscribed by the fact that India does not have too many cards in its hands. It is not an oil-rich country, or one with some ideology to export. It is a poor country whose primary goal is to transform the lives of its people.

India- Bangladesh Joint Communiqué 2010: A Review
Feb 02, 2011

India- Bangladesh Joint Communiqué 2010: A Review

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India in January 2010 and the Joint Communiqué issued jointly by both the countries infused a renewed vigour in the bilateral relationship which, till then, was floundering.

India-Afghanistan engagement: New Beginnings
May 23, 2011

India-Afghanistan engagement: New Beginnings

PM Manmohan Singh's recent visit to Kabul and India's initiative to develop long-term strategic partnership will redefine India's relations with Afghanistan by giving it leverage in Kabul that it has not enjoyed in the past.

India-Africa cooperation in S & T capacity building
Oct 26, 2015

India-Africa cooperation in S & T capacity building

India-Africa science and technology cooperation offers a unique opportunity for agricultural growth in Africa. The case for greater agricultural cooperation between India and Africa is stronger because of the similar agro-climatic conditions in India and Africa. African agriculture suffers from low productivity and limited use of technology.

India-Africa Forum Summit May 24-25, 2011
May 30, 2011

India-Africa Forum Summit May 24-25, 2011

At the second Africa-India Forum Summit held in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa on May 24-25, notable points for cooperation were established with hopes of further strengthening the longstanding relationship between India and African nations.

India-Africa Forum Summit: A landmark in boosting ties with Africa
Oct 26, 2015

India-Africa Forum Summit: A landmark in boosting ties with Africa

In an increasingly multi-polar world, Africa is an important partner for India on all global strategic issues. Africa is one of the fastest growing regions with huge natural resources. It offers not only resources to India's increasing needs but also a huge market for Indian firms for trade and investment.

India-Africa Forum Summit: A new twist to Modi's foreign policy?
Oct 20, 2015

India-Africa Forum Summit: A new twist to Modi's foreign policy?

With the upcoming 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS-III) this month, Prime Minister Modi is set to prove a point to the country that he indeed follows a proactive foreign policy with exuberance and austerity. IAFS-III seems to be critical for reshaping and nourishing historical India-Africa ties and is considered as not just another diplomatic event.

India-Africa Forum Summit: A new vision and a new strategy?
Nov 06, 2015

India-Africa Forum Summit: A new vision and a new strategy?

It has been a cliché to refer to India and Africa as natural partners. With the recent India-Africa Summit in Delhi, there is a chance to make it a reality. But for this, concerted action is needed on the parts of the governments, private sectors, civil societies, think tanks, academics and the media on both sides.

India-ASEAN FTA in services: Beneficial for both
Jul 16, 2013

India-ASEAN FTA in services: Beneficial for both

With both the goods FTA and services FTA in place, India is well set on the path of a comprehensive economic partnership with ASEAN. India, whose services sector contributes about 55% to the country's GDP, has been keen to sign the services FTA with ASEAN as it will help the Indian companies tap the ASEAN markets easily.

India-ASEAN FTA in services: Good for the region, very good for India
Jul 31, 2013

India-ASEAN FTA in services: Good for the region, very good for India

The potential welfare gains arising from the services agreement appear to be in India's favour as well as for member economies of ASEAN. The policy focus of both ASEAN and the individual member nations has been on merchandise trade liberalisation, and on inducing foreign investment-led transfer of technology, which has so far resulted in low regional integration in services.

India-ASEAN FTA in Services: Leading to enhanced trade prospects
Oct 14, 2014

India-ASEAN FTA in Services: Leading to enhanced trade prospects

Amidst the challenges like less liberalised service sector of certain ASEAN members, there exists an opportunity for India to harness the gains from trade in services in the wake of the comparative advantage that it enjoys in certain services.

India-ASEAN naval cooperation: An important strategy
Jul 06, 2013

India-ASEAN naval cooperation: An important strategy

India holds a primary interest in the Freedom of Navigation through the South China Sea. It also has an economic interest in exploring hydrocarbon resources in the area. But how effective are India's role as the balancing actor that the ASEAN nations seek?

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-Bangladesh connectivity: Possibilities and challenges
Sep 19, 2014

India-Bangladesh connectivity: Possibilities and challenges

Participants at a Consultative International Workshop on India-Bangladesh Connectivity: Possibilities and Challenges, organised in Kolkata, emphasised the need for a common transport policy for the entire region.

India-Bangladesh Cross-border Connectivity
Feb 06, 2015

India-Bangladesh Cross-border Connectivity

At the release event of the report on India-Bangladesh Connectivity: Possibilities and Challenges, participants stressed the need for leveraging the positive political climate and emphasised pro-active role of state governments in cross-border connectivity.

India-Bangladesh Dialogue on Security
Dec 06, 2009

India-Bangladesh Dialogue on Security

The main objective of the Dialogue was to explore the security perspectives of India and Bangladesh, with special focus on the threat of terrorism in the region

India-Bangladesh Energy Non-Cooperation
Sep 29, 2003

India-Bangladesh Energy Non-Cooperation

Indian diplomacy seems to be drawing a blank when it comes to regional cooperation involving fine diplomacy and seasoned statecraft. The recent events relating to India's attempts towards getting natural gas from Bangladesh and Myanmar and the negative response from Bangladesh suggest that it is unlikely to obtain any gesture of