Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka showcase the diversity of China’s engagement strategies in a very multidimensional region but also make clear that influencers across South Asia are learning from each other’s experiences with Chinese money and power. The complete paper is available on the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace website here.
August 2020: A conversation with Saubhik Ghosh of Time of India group's Bangla daily Ei Samay for his daily news podcast. I talk about the genesis of the current India-China standoff and the way ahead. Available here.
After more than two months of high decibel sabre-rattling, the standoff between India and China in the Himalayas entered a process of phased deescalation in late July. This by no means suggests that the current crisis is coming to an end — merely that it is moving into the next stage of what is likely... Continue Reading →
In June, Chinese and Indian soldiers clashed in the Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh. The close-combat skirmish at high altitude, which resulted in twenty deaths on the Indian side and an unknown number of Chinese casualties, was the bloodiest fight along the disputed Sino-Indian boundary in over four decades. John S. Van Oudenaren interviewed NBR... Continue Reading →
Shortly after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that “neither had China entered our territory, nor occupied our posts,” on June 19, in reference to the tragic incident in Eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released their version of events. China turned Modi’s statement around to accuse India of transgressing and trying... Continue Reading →
June 2020: Analysis of the future of the India-China relationships in view of the standoff in the Line of Actual Control and clashes in Galwan valley in June 2020. For webinar organized by Delhi based think tank Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI). Available here.
The news of the terrible tragedy in the Galwan Valley on June 15, expectedly, evoked anger, sadness, and loathing in all of us. Within hours, however, the tragedy of the moment was sullied by a tragic-comedy of errors. In one instance, television anchors struggled to read an imagined list of Chinese casualties circulating on WhatsApp;... Continue Reading →
June 2020: Explainer on the implication of the BRI and the Health Silk Road as a part of the initiative for the world, particularly South Asia for Carnegie India. Available here.
China’s foreign minister Wang Yi finally admitted late last month that the Covid-19 pandemic has severely slowed down Beijing’s flagship foreign policy project, the Belt and Road Initiative. He, however, asserted that the impact was temporary, and the BRI will be back, stronger than ever. Yi’s comment follows some creative policymaking from China as the pandemic spread across the... Continue Reading →
As the coronavirus pandemic advanced in South Asia in late March, the Chinese ambassador in Kathmandu tweeted about medical aid to Nepal, promising, “You will never be alone.” Gathering many retweets and messages of thanks, the message reflected the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) attempt to garner global appreciation for its healthcare aid and medical assistance efforts.... Continue Reading →