Avinash Godbole

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  • Avinash Godbole was Research Assistant at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.

    China’s Victory Day Celebrations: Politics of War, Memory and Legitimacy

    China’s Victory Day Celebrations: Politics of War, Memory and Legitimacy

    Japan is in denial mode about its role during World War II while China is attempting to gain legitimacy for its regional ambitions by leveraging the memory of its suffering in that war.

    September 04, 2015

    Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping: Different yet Same?

    Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping: Different yet Same?

    Modi and Xi share several similarities: their rise to the top, the popular nationalism they ride, the power they wield, and their domestic as well as foreign policy priorities.

    May 13, 2015

    China’s Asia Strategy under President Xi Jinping

    China has reoriented its foreign policy strategy since Xi Jinping became president. This could significantly recast China’s relations with Asian countries. The process that began with Xi Jinping’s coming to power in 2012–2013 reached, in a sense, a definitive moment, with the Central Conference on Work Relating to Foreign Affairs held in Beijing in November 2014.

    May 2015

    Learning from Beijing; Tackling Delhi’s Air Pollution Challenge

    Learning from Beijing; Tackling Delhi’s Air Pollution Challenge

    India and China could and should cooperate on environmental issues and specifically on clean urbanization because there is scope to develop a shared understanding of the problems and solutions.

    April 27, 2015

    China and the Environment: The Green Revolution by Sam Geall (ed.)

    Propelled by its rapid economic growth, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is undergoing multitudes of transitions simultaneously. These transitions are substantially transforming state–society relations in China. The conventional wisdom about China in the reform era has been that the Communist Party of China’s (CPC’s) legitimacy to rule comes from its continued economic performance; in other words, the Chinese people will not bother with the kind of regime they have if they are well fed and their economic aspirations are taken care of.

    September 2014

    Hong Kong Protests: What it means for the Chinese leadership?

    Hong Kong Protests: What it means for the Chinese leadership?

    Beijing’s desire to manage the political process in Hong Kong stems from the ‘one country two systems’ model whereby it continues to retain its influence. It will not take much time for mainland to see a foreign hand in the islanders’ pro-democracy movements.

    October 10, 2014

    Did the Chinese Model of Growth Defeat Rajapaksa?

    Did the Chinese Model of Growth Defeat Rajapaksa?

    During the Rajapaksa years, Sri Lanka experienced jobless growth, similar to the experience of many African countries where Chinese investment had increased exponentially in the last decade.

    January 12, 2015

    Hong Kong Elections: Limits of One Country, Two Systems Model

    At its core is Beijing’s fear of having a chief executive in Hong Kong who is locally popular and vocally critical about Beijing's policies. Fear perhaps also emanate from Beijing’s concerns of spillover effects on the mainland if a full-fledged democracy in Hong Kong were to succeed since at home the CCP continues to grapple with the problems of corruption, inequality and inflation.

    March 28, 2014

    China's White Paper on Human Rights: Some Reflections

    The context and timing of this policy document is significant as it surveys the wide spectrum of social issues and the challenges facing China.

    May 28, 2013

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