Making Sense of China’s Dream

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 →

Interview with NBR: India-China Relations after Clashes in Ladakh – Looking for a New Modus Vivendi

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 →

Multilateralism With Chinese Characteristics: Bringing in the Hub-and-Spoke

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 →

IMPRI India Webinar: Border Disputes in Sino-Indian Relations – Past, Present and Prospects

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.

Playing the long game with China

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 →

Carnegie Insights: Tracking China’s BRI during the Coronavirus Pandemic

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.

Health Silk Road — How China plans to make BRI essential in Covid-hit South Asia

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 →

The BRI in Post-Coronavirus South Asia

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 →

Bridge India Webinar: BRI, CPEC and other Chinese initiatives – Where next after COVID-19?

May 2020: Analysis of the future trajectory of the world order in a post-COVID-19 world, and the role that China, India, and others will play in it. For webinar organized by London based think tank Bridge India. Available here.

Podcast – States of Anarchy: A Tale of two Kingdoms

October 2019: A conversation with Hamsini Hariharan of States of Anarchy about India's foreign policy towards Sikkim and Bhutan in the early years after Independence, and what led to a divergence in the approach towards the two. Available here.

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