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  • North East in BCIM-EC: Problems and Prospects

    North East in BCIM-EC: Problems and Prospects

    Widespread problems have made the operating environment ‘dysfunctional and inefficient’. Some of this is on account of inscrutable issues like ‘integration of the services with the MoD’ or ‘civil-military relations’ but, in large part, the immediate problem lies with MoD’s inability to resolve more mundane issues.

    October 14, 2014

    Obama’s Visit and the Paradox of Countering Chinese Expansionism and Western Messianism

    Obama’s Visit and the Paradox of Countering Chinese Expansionism and Western Messianism

    The US will continue to do what it can for blocking rapprochement between India and China or Japan and China for it knows the danger of its loss of a dominant role in Asia. Despite all the distortions of time and space, the hard geographic reality of Asia will triumph just as it happened in Europe.

    February 04, 2015

    Indian Perceptions of China’s Maritime Silk Road Idea

    The Maritime Silk Road (MSR) idea is part of this wider attempt by China to construct multiple lines of communication to its economic heartland in eastern China since the early 2000s. The underlying aim of such a geostrategy is to also develop inner Chinese provinces and shape China’s regional periphery by exercising economic, political and cultural Influence.

    October 2014

    Xi’s Visit: Dawn of a New Era?

    Xi’s Visit: Dawn of a New Era?

    Modi should talk to Xi and seek an interim boundary solution at least by having some sort of Friendly Pillars, call them Shanti Stupas along the border (almost 500 kilometers) in the Western Sector.

    September 16, 2014

    Shashikanth asked: What is the fundamental difference in the Indian and the Chinese models of investment in Africa?

    Gunjan Singh replies: Africa with its huge resources of energy and various other raw materials has become the new destination for investments by the two emerging Asian powers; China and India. If one goes by the available trends, one would be compelled to conclude that China is way ahead of India when it comes to wooing the African nations. China in the past decade has given great prominence to its relations with Africa, while Indian diplomacy has been lagging on several fronts.

    Sifting Through the Himalayas

    Prime Minister Modi has to think beyond the immediate circle and leverage the Himalayas as a bridge for India reaching out to wider Eurasian space the access to which has blocked by Pakistan. A way out could be to promote a regional market across the border, woven by a web of spiritual and commercial interests.

    August 14, 2014

    Deepak asked: What is the difference between the Indian and the Chinese approach on issues of global environmental concern?

    Avinash Godbole replies: There are more commonalities than differences between the Indian and the Chinese approach on issues of global environmental concern, such as the debate on global climate change. A common approach on the issue of climate change brings the two countries together within the BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) framework. As large developing countries, their common concern is about the carbon space that they need in order to develop their economies and improve the living standards of their population.

    Pakkiresh B. asked: In the context of the recent commemoration of the signing of the Panchsheel in China, does idealism have any role in present day politics or has it become mere rhetoric?

    Rup Narayan Das replies: To answer the question one must first of all know what the five principles of Panchsheel are. They are mutual respect for territorial integrity, national sovereignty, mutual non-aggression, non- interference and mutual reciprocity, and peaceful co-existence. Since the ‘Peace of Westphalia,’ these principles have been the seat anchor of international politics regulating (or at least supposed to be regulating) the relations between and among states.

    China’s Maritime Silk Route: Implications for India

    China’s announcement of a 10 billion Yuan ($1.6 billion) fund to finance the “maritime silk road plan” is a clear sign that it is serious about moving ahead with its stated plans. For India, it is instructive that the sales pitch of shared economic gains does not conceal the MSR’s real purpose: ensuring the security of sea lines of communications (SLOCs) in the Indian and Pacific oceans.

    July 16, 2014

    The McMahon Line: A hundred years on

    On 3rd July 1914 nearly a hundred years ago at Simla, Tibet and India signed the Simla Convention that gave birth to the McMahon Line separating Tibet from India in the eastern sector. Much is made by some that the Simla Convention was not a legal document but from the time of the Convention till 23rd January 1959, the Chinese government never officially, in any document, ever challenged the McMahon Line.

    July 03, 2014