Commentaries & Articles
Beijing’s New National Security Law: What it means for Hong Kong?
A resurgent China seeking a pie in every corner in the world has chosen to pursue a ruthless policy of expanding its global footprint by cajoling, coercion, policy of economic domination (read BRI), infringing on another country’s territorial sovereignty, intimidation and many more such means.
Bhutan China Border – Is Sakteng a New Front?
An attempt was made by China last month to stop Global Environment Facility [GEF] funding for the Sakteng Wildlife sanctuary in Bhutan. Since it did not press with its objection, it was clearly aimed at sending a strong political message to Bhutan that nothing is settled on the border issue until everything is stitched up and that it is in Bhutan’s interest to settle the border with China. The sub text was that such settlement will be on China’s own terms.
Myanmar Round Up: June 2020
The country reported 299 confirmed COVID-19 cases and six deaths as on 30 June 2020. Despite low numbers of cases, the COVID-19 pandemic has imposed economic and social challenges. The World Bank’s Myanmar Economic Monitor projected a decline in the economic growth from 6.8 percent in FY 2018/19 to 0.5 percent in FY 2019/20. The country faces immense challenges as the clashes between Tatmadaw and Arakan Army continues in Rakhine and Chin States, leading to a large number of displacement of villagers.
Eastern Ladakh: Studying the ‘Warning Shots’
The whys and wherefores of the Chinese aggression in Eastern Ladakh, cumulated with the larger peripheral belligerence in South China and East China Seas and the Taiwan Straits in 2020, have been debated ad infinitum. The events of Galwan Valley, Hot Springs-Gogra and Pangong Tso in the months from May 2020 onwards have currently reached the long drawn phase of verifiable disengagement and consequent de-escalation. The omnipresent question is what were the aims and the objectives of Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) in undertaking the aggression.
Professionals with Passion at the Helm: Key to Aatmanirbhar Bharat
Comparisons are often made between India and other countries on our slow project implementation, dilatory decision making and labyrinthine regulatory approval processes. Even when these systemic issues are well-entrenched and resist reforms there have been islands of success in an otherwise barren landscape of delays, cost overruns and sub-optimal outcomes.
China’s Strategy to Overcome the Virus Stigma is “Belligerence”
On June 15 2020, Col. B Santosh Babu probably didn’t expect to walk up to a Chinese observation post at the vertex of the bend in Galwan River. It was strange because the PLA themselves had dismantled the post after the talks few days back. A sense of curiosity may have dominated his mind when he decided to not leave it to “youngsters” and set out to enquire personally at 7 pm. After all he had the responsibility of controlling the border in which no shot has been fired for decades.
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