China-India Relations After the NSG Plenary  

Few analysts following developments at the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) plenary in South Korea expected India’s membership bid to sail through. As the dust settles, what is clear is that Xi Jinping’s China differs considerably from Hu Jintao’s China. The latter did not want to stand alone; the former is on the path to establishing... Continue Reading →

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Reorienting India’s Foreign Policy: Neighborhood First

Signals may not speak as loudly as actions, but they go a long way in diplomacy. Narendra Modi’s decision to invite all South Asian heads of state to his inauguration signaled that the neighborhood would be central in his foreign policy. Elected on a mandate to boost India’s sagging growth numbers, Modi knows he has... Continue Reading →

Book review: Winning and wielding national power in Asia

  Strategic Asia 2015-16: Foundations of National Power in the Asia-Pacific Edited by Ashley J Tellis, with Alison Szalwinski and Michael Wills (The National Bureau of Asian Research, 2015, 272 pp).In its 15th iteration, “Strategic Asia,” the flagship publication of the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), revisits a topic that it took on in... Continue Reading →

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 →

IISS Regional Security Assessment 2015 – Chapter Five: China’s Regional Grand Strategy Paves the Way for Realising the China Dream

Bonnie Glaser & Deep PalChina’s policy towards its periphery seems paradoxical to many foreign observers. President Xi Jinping has attached top priority to maintaining good relations with China’s neighbours, elevating the importance of China’s periphery above its ties with the United States. At the same time, Xi stubbornly insists that China makes no concessions in... 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 →

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