All’s Not Well For Xi After Visiting Obama

The biggest open secret at the annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is that it is not about the UNGA. For world leaders travelling to the event held annually in the United States, this is often about finding photo-opportunities and meetings with senior members of the US administration — with the ones with the American... Continue Reading →

A Tale of Two Visits: Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping in Washington

Even for a city like Washington D.C., that is used to its regular influx of world leaders flying in and out, this week has been breathless. What might come as a surprise to many, most of the excitement is reserved neither for Chinese President Xi Jinping, nor for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but the... Continue Reading →

Why China Doesn’t Get Terrorism

After over a week of what must have been a harrowing experience, 20 foreign nationals arrested in China on July 10 on undisclosed terrorism charges – among them South Africans, Britons, and an Indian – were finally all sent home. At the same time, a sparse first official account of the matter appeared on state media. Unlike other... Continue Reading →

AIIB: An Opportunity for India to Assert Itself

  It is not a coincidence that the beginning of Narendra Modi’s term as Prime Minister corresponded with one of the most active periods in economic diplomacy for India. If the rest of India’s notoriously languid bureaucracy has been pushed into an overdrive, the effort has certainly been led by the South Block. It is... Continue Reading →

President Obama’s Visit to India: Beyond Symbolism

Barely four months after Indian prime minister Narendra Modi held a summit meeting with U.S. president Barack Obama during a five-day visit to the United States, the two leaders will meet again, this time in New Delhi. The September 2014 meeting was largely interpreted as a success, with collaborations announced in economic growth, energy and... Continue Reading →

Afghanistan-Pakistan: Building Peace, Ensuring Stability

Weeks before 2014 came to a close, a savage attack by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also called the Pakistan Taliban, at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, killed almost 150 people—over 130 of them children. The cold-bloodedness of the attack sickened the collective consciousness of the world. It demonstrated again how important 2015 is for the... Continue Reading →

Is China’s Charm Offensive Dead?

Bonnie Glaser & Deep PalThe following article appeared on China brief on July 31, 2014A series of seemingly unprovoked actions in the South and East China Sea has been described as an abandonment of the “second charm offensive” launched last year by Chinese President Xi Jinping. However, China has continued to pursue economic and diplomatic... Continue Reading →

How China May Still Win Despite Pulling Out its Rig

Deep Pal The following article appeared on cogitASIA on July 23, 2014 China’s decision to pull out deep water rig HYSY 981 from Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone last week was as sudden as the decision to deploy it near the Paracel Islands in the first place. The owner of the rig, China National Offshore Oil Corporation... Continue Reading →

How India’s Politicians are Talking Louder but Saying Less

Long before the campaigning for India's national elections ensued, Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial hopeful for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, used 3D holographic projection to simultaneously address voters in 53 locations in Gujarat, the northwestern state where he was seeking reelection as chief minister in 2012. The stunt, which earned Modi a spot in the Guinness... Continue Reading →

Decoding Narendra Modi’s foreign policy

For someone who has carefully avoided articulating concrete foreign policy stands, it was an unusual statement. Speaking in a public meeting in Arunachal Pradesh, the Indian state that China calls "southern Tibet" and claims as part of its territory, Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate of India’s principal opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), warned China against... Continue Reading →

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