Defending China in the Xi Jinping Era

China’s White Paper on defence titled ‘China’s National Defense in New Era’ of 2019, coming after a gap of four years, bears a strong imprint of President Xi Jinping on Beijing’s defence and security policies and strategies. Though this new

A Perspective on China Myanmar Economic Corridor and Internal Dynamics

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, as a mark of support for China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) had attended both the first and second BRI Forums held in May 2017 and April 2019 in Beijing. Undoubtedly, there were political and economic ramifications of this

India and SCO Summit at Bishkek and Beyond

India has completed two years as a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), and therefore it would be useful to assess the worth and utility of being a member of such an organization. There is no gainsaying in the fact that it is

Vietnam Continues to be Wary of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)

The second BRI Forum of China held in April 2019 has received as much attention, if not more, as the first one held in May 2017. The fundamental objectives of the BRI remain the same, i.e., shoring up of domestic economy by exporting surplus industr

Myanmar: Challenges before Aung San Suu Kyi in 2019

Myanmar’s quasi democratic government has completed over half of its constitutionally mandated term but has to yet make a major progress in a number of areas, especially those related to political and economic reforms. While the peace and reconcili

Status of India-China Relations: Report from a Field Visit to Chinese Think Tanks

A multi-think tank scholars’ delegation from India visited China in the end of November, 2018. During the seven day visit, the delegates extensively interacted with a number of premier Chinese think thanks in Beijing, Haikou, and Guangzhou, discuss

Decoding China’s Stance on South China Sea

China has been looking into formalizing of a Code of Conduct (COC) for the South China Sea (SCS) and seeks a possible long lasting solution to the maritime territorial dispute that persists with its other claimant countries. There have been consultat

India’s Act East Policy and Chinese Perceptions

Last month, a multi-think tank delegation visited China to interact with Chinese think tanks on the current state of India-China relations and the way forward. Among many other issues the Chinese experts and scholars were very keen to discuss and ana

Is BIMSTEC Finding due Attention?

Conceived and formed in 1997 at Bangkok initially as a grouping of Bay of Bengal littoral countries, the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) grouping has expanded to include hinterland countries li

Emerging Strategic Dynamics in Indo-Pacific and India-Vietnam Cooperation

International order is undergoing profound and rapid changes, which compel all powers to continually adapt their foreign and security policies, in order to protect their national interests to the extent possible. The term Indo-Pacific though over a d

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