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  • China: Two Decades after Tiananmen

    It is obvious today that realpolitik is shaping the relationship between the world powers and China. There was hardly any debate on the Tiananmen Square Incident barring a few newspaper articles. It appears is that the world order has accepted the way China behaves and is also ready to make concessions on the Human Rights issues as seen during the Tibetan Uprising last year. The question is why is the world ready to make so many compromises when it comes to China?

    June 19, 2009

    Evaluating the "Hybrid" Character of China's Communist Regime

    Event: 
    Fellows' Seminar
    June 12, 2009
    Time: 
    1030 to 1300 hrs

    Talking Heads: Why Manmohan Singh is in Yekaterinburg?

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is attending a slew of Russian hosted high profile meetings including those of the SCO and BRIC in Yekaterinburg which would be viewed keenly by most international watchers. The SCO, keenly nurtured by Russia and China as an exclusive nucleus, had hitherto excluded those with observer status from its core deliberations. The forum became popular as an embryonic counterpoise to the United States after 2005 when it bluntly issued a quit notice to the US from Central Asia and decided to salvage an assortment of autocrats being ostracized by the West.

    June 16, 2009

    Growing Chinese influence in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka has achieved military victory over Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). This fight against the LTTE has had different connotations for both India and China. In the current scenario India had to be neutral as this definitely would have had repercussions on Indian soil. The involvement of Tamil’s had put to test the Indian internal security. And thus the Indian government had to decide not to supply arms and ammunitions to the Sri Lankan government in its fight against the LTTE.

    June 08, 2009

    The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and Afghanistan

    Event: 
    Fellows' Seminar
    May 29, 2009
    Time: 
    1030 to 1300 hrs

    Sino-Japanese relations warming up following Aso’s Beijing Sojourn

    On the invitation of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso paid an official visit to China on April 29-30. This was Aso’s first official visit to China since he took office in September 2008. Aso’s visit is significant in more than one way. Being the first between leaders of the two countries in 2009, it was important as it came after a number of exchanges of high level visits in 2008. Aso’s visit was expected to advance China-Japan strategic relations further.

    May 22, 2009

    China’s Inroads into Nepal: India’s Concerns

    The political crisis that triggered off in Nepal with Prime Minster Prachanda’s resignation yet again indicates not only the trials and tribulations of a fledgling democratic process but also points to the geopolitical vulnerability of the country sandwiched as it is between the two Asian giants. While India considers Nepal a part of its sphere of influence, it is increasingly being challenged by China’s inroads into Nepal. In fact, the growing Nepal-China nexus should be seen in the context of India-China power competition in Asia.

    May 18, 2009

    Reports: Maoist curriculum still being taught in western district schools; China pledges increased aid to Nepal as well as help in other infrastructure projects; British minister pledges help in the integration of the Maoist combatants

    April 13-19, 2009
    Volume: 
    4
    Issue: 
    3

    Reports noted that despite the peace process and Maoists’ joining mainstream politics, subjects like warfare and weaponry were still being taught in Maoist-run schools in the Rukum, Rolpa and Salyan districts of Nepal. Students were also being taught about communist revolutions as well as the history of communist leaders like Mao Zedong, Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin.

    2009
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    Reviewing India’s Nuclear Doctrine

    There is a case for terminating any nuclear exchange at the lowest level possible and the nuclear doctrine needs to reflect this. A review of the doctrine a decade after it was first expounded is in order.

    April 24, 2009

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