Modi’s Japan Visit: Need for a Paradigm Shift in Strategic Ties

Brig Vinod Anand, Senior Fellow, VIF
After evaluating the emerging strategic environment in the neighbourhood and beyond, Prime Minister Narendra Modi preferred to visit Bhutan first and thereafter Japan. While the visit to Bhutan underscored his understanding of the crucial strategic
International Relations and Diplomacy, Indo-Pacific

The Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands Dispute: A Preliminary Analysis

Shikha Aggarwal, Research Associate, VIF
In his seminal work, ‘The War Puzzle’ John Vaquez establishes that territorial issues constitute the fundamental cause of interstate wars in the modern global system since 1495. Elaborating further upon his thesis, Vasquez argues that territorial
International Relations and Diplomacy, Neighbourhood Studies, Indo-Pacific, China

BCIM Economic Corridor: Prospects and Issues

Brig Vinod Anand, Senior Fellow, VIF
Introduction One of the cornerstones of India’s strategy has been to develop India economically and technologically. Another facet of India’s policy has been to seek partnerships on the strategic, economic and technological fronts to wi
International Relations and Diplomacy, Neighbourhood Studies, Indo-Pacific, Bangladesh, China, Myanmar

Time for Intense India-Japan-Vietnam Strategic Partnership

Maj Gen (Retd.) P K Chakravorty
Introduction The 24th ASEAN Summit was held for the first time in Naypyitaw, the capital of Myanmar. At the commencement of the summit on May 10, there were serious concerns raised by Vietnam on the recent drilling of an oil rig
International Relations and Diplomacy, Neighbourhood Studies, Indo-Pacific, China

Recent Trends in Vietnam-Japan Ties and Implications for India

Maj Gen (Retd.) P K Chakravorty
Introduction Japan has been an important trading partner of Vietnam from the 16th century. The port of Hoi An close to Danang in Central Vietnam was an important trading port and Japanese ships visited this location frequently to undertake
International Relations and Diplomacy, Indo-Pacific

China's maritime 'Silk Road' Proposal: India must Tread Cautiously

Amb Kanwal Sibal (Member, VIF Advisory Council)
China's proposition of a maritime Silk Route connecting the Pacific and Indian Oceans is part of its propaganda drive to convince the world about its peaceful rise. Its actions do not match its protestations, but that does not deter China from pro
International Relations and Diplomacy, Neighbourhood Studies, Indo-Pacific, China

Shinzo Abe’s India Visit – Hits and Misses

Amb Kanwal Sibal (Member, VIF Advisory Council)
Much has been achieved during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s current visit to India and much has not. In reiterating a clear intention to strengthen bilateral ties, the visit has been a success, though in breaking new strategic ground concret
International Relations and Diplomacy, Indo-Pacific

Japan’s New Defence Guidelines and India

Brig Vinod Anand, Senior Fellow, VIF
As part of ongoing efforts to further strengthen Indo-Japan relations, Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera visited India in early January to discuss cementing of military ties. The visit comes close on the heels of China’s declaration of a n
International Relations and Diplomacy, Indo-Pacific

China’s New ADIZ over East China Sea: Implications for India

Brig Vinod Anand, Senior Fellow, VIF
Declaration by China of a new overlapping Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) over contested islands of Diaoyu/Senkaku besides raising tensions between Tokyo and Beijing have caused reverberations in the strategic firmament of the entire Asia-Pac
International Relations and Diplomacy, Neighbourhood Studies, Indo-Pacific, China

India must Solidify Ties with Japan for Growth, Moderating China

Amb Kanwal Sibal (Member, VIF Advisory Council)
The visit of Japan’s royal couple to India, the first in the history of India-Japan relations, deserved greater attention by our media. The government did make special gestures to underline the visit’s importance, with the Prime Minister receivin
International Relations and Diplomacy, Indo-Pacific