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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →