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India and East Asia in 2010
2010 marks two decades of India’s engagement with East Asia in the current phase under the rubric the Look East policy that was launched in 1990. It came about in the wake of the end of the cold war, on one hand, and one of the severest crises the Indian economy ever faced, on the other. It has since come a long way to symbolise one of the most important foreign policy initiatives of India has embarked upon in the recent past.
India-China Relations: A Year-end Review
India-China relations have been going through a rough phase for some time now. In fact, over the past year they have become even more complex than they normally have been over the past five decades as a result of new Chinese diplomatic and military assertiveness. A clear sign of the fraying nature of the ties came from the Chinese Ambassador in New Delhi in an interview just before the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s December 15-17 visit to India, when he characterized them as being in a “fragile” state that needed care.
Best Wishes - India should build on the gains from the recent P5 visits
Much has been made of the fact that leaders of all the permanent five member countries of the United Nations security council have visited India in 2010 in quick succession. This degree of bilateral attention to India within a short span of time may be unprecedented, but its significance should not be overstated. India’s international stature has no doubt grown in recent years, largely on account of its economic performance.
On the right track
President Dmitry Medvedev’s recent visit to India has given fresh lustre to a relationship that had begun to lose its sheen. Indian political and economic circles, as well as the media, have been too obsessed with our developing ties with the US. The ties with Moscow received much less attention, even though Indian policy-makers and the public view Russia as a genuinely friendly country with which we have a stable relationship, good political understanding and a broad similarity of views on a range of international issues.
Shaky Hand at Mars External Drive
India’s core foreign policy challenges in 2011 will be no different than in 2010, but we enter the New Year with a somewhat strengthened diplomatic hand. Coincidentally, leaders of all P-5 countries visited India in 2010 in quick succession and all, barring China, gave us political support in varying degrees on Pakistan related terrorism issues, UNSC permanent membership and our inclusion in various non-proliferation regimes, in recognition of our growing international stature on the back of our economic performance.
India Right in Standing Up to China's Bullying
China has been strikingly inept in its international diplomacy over the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Chinese dissident Lui Xiaobo. China’s global stature today is formidable. Its economic growth in the last three decades has been spectacular: millions have been moved out of poverty, the country has a world class infrastructure, foreign investment continues to pour in, its exports flood the global market, it is itself investing heavily in natural resources in various continents and rapidly spreading its political influence there on the back of its huge financial capacity.
Little for India on Chinese Platter
Chinese PM Wen Jiabao’s visit has hardly done much to allay India’s fears about its hostile, powerful neighbour
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