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Trends in Central Asia in 2020
The past 2020 is marked by Central Asia’s struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent socio-economic impacts. The pandemic turned out to be a litmus test for the already troubled economies of Central Asia. The year was also marked by significant integration activities and domestic political developments in these five post-Soviet republics.
तिब्बती बौद्धधर्म : भारत की सॉफ्ट पॉवर कूटनीति के स्रोत और शक्ति
तिब्बत, भारत और चीन के संबंध को क्लाउड एर्पी के शब्दों में बेहतर तरीके से व्याख्यायित किया गया है। क्लाउड एक ख्यात इतिहासकार और पत्रकार हैं, जिन्होंने धारवाहिक रूप से तिब्बत, भारत और चीन पर किताबें लिखी हैं। इनके अलावा, उन्होंने दि फेट ऑफ तिब्बत : व्हेन दि बिग इंसेक्ट्स इट्स स्मॉल इंसेक्ट्स। एर्पी लिखते हैं:- “यह दिलचस्प है कि तीनों देशों का इतिहास, जिनमें तिब्बत और चीन का संबंध हमेशा से ताकत और सत्ता पर आधारित था, जबकि तिब्बत और भारत में साझा आध्यात्मिक मूल्यों पर आधारित ज्यादा सांस्कृतिक और धार्मिक संबंध रहा है। ”
Myanmar 2020: Prospects and Challenges for 2021
Strategically located between the two giant neighbours, India and China; Myanmar has been working on its foreign policy and domestic interests since the beginning of the year 2020. The year 2020 also marked a significant breakthrough in Myanmar democratic transition process with the third general elections conducted in November 2020. The democratic transition was accompanied by efforts from all stakeholders’ side to conclude the Fourth Panglong Peace Conference.
Assessing Indo-Pacific in 2021: Indian Perspective
The year 2020 was a landmark event in and for the Indo-Pacific. The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed the regional perception of China. Until then the challenge from China was known but it had yet to manifest itself in its entirety. The major events during 2020 in the Indo-Pacific – which are essentially China- centric-that impacted India and are going to continue to impact in 2021 are listed below: - Multi-pronged Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic:
New US- China Cold War on Tibet and Take Aways for India
(The tone and temper of the two latest laws of the USA on Tibet and Xinjiang that US-China honeymoon is over and we should be ready to witness a new phase of US-China cold war. Extraordinary coordination between Republicans and Democrats in both houses of the US Congress to push these Bills through even during peak days of their animosity indicates that Joe Biden may not be as soft to China as believed. The Tibet Bill has many take aways for India too. )
Neighbourhood Year End Review 2020: Way Forward for 2021
South Asia presents a vivid tapestry of human diversity in all its glory. Across its eight countries, adherents of all the world’s religions live side-by-side, speaking hundreds of languages and dialects, sharing deep cultural similarities, and celebrating their differences. South Asia as a region has witnessed significant developments in the year 2020 in all spheres, i.e., economically, politically and at the international level.
China’s ‘Helmsman’ and the Game of Monopoly
China looms large on Indian public consciousness driven by cataclysmic COVID-19 virus that caused the global pandemic, aggression in 2020 and continued tense face-off in Eastern Ladakh. At the turn of the new decade three events stand out for mention. First, is the “Core Navigator and Helmsman” title bestowed on President Xi Jinping by the 5th Plenum of 370-odd-member 19th Central Committee of Communist Party of China (CCP) from 26 to 29 October 2020.
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