Category Archives: Strategic issues

Doklam Standoff and its Strategic Implications on Asia; By Sudhir Singh

CAS article no. 0042/2017 The ongoing Doklam issue which started on June 16 2017, concerns disputed area in Bhutan. Doklam is situated at the trijunction of India, Tibet and Bhutan. This area which is claimed by China is proximal to India and particularly overlooks the ‘chicken’s neck corridor’ which connects the Indian mainland to the Northeast states. China’s govenment made this move thinking that Bhutan would not oppose Beijing’s extension… Read Article →

South China Sea: From Turbidity to Semblance of Tranquility; By Cmde. R. S. Vasan

CAS article no. 0158/2016 Courtesy: National Maritime Foundation The unfolding events in the South China Sea (SCS) in the last one decade plus has been tumultuous to say the least. The year Code of Conduct (CoC).[1]was signed in Cambodia (2002) can be taken as the bench mark year when the members of the ASEAN and China agreed on prescribed methods for preventing escalation of conflict over territory and resources. It… Read Article →

China is a Bigger Threat to India than Pakistan; By Jai Kumar Verma

CAS article no. 0141/2016 Courtesy: South Asia Monitor  The Indian security planners have to analyze whether Pakistan is a bigger threat or China is a larger menace to the security of the country. There can also be a scenario of two-front war, when India has to face the combined might of China and Pakistan. India has had three full-fledged wars with Pakistan and one war with China. Besides these wars,… Read Article →

South China Sea Arbitration ruling: A chance for India to rev up its foreign policy; By Asma Masood

CAS article no. 0122/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies On July 12 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague delivered its verdict on the case brought by Philippines countering China’s claims in the South China Sea. The court ruled as follows[1]: China has no historic rights within the nine-dash line. Besides, land features in the Spratlys were judged to be mere rocks and not islands, thus… Read Article →

India and China Moving Towards Becoming Chindia; By Jai Kumar Verma

CAS article no. 0087/2016 Courtesy: Aviation and Defence Universe  From conflict to cooperation, the concept of Chindia seems to be the new mantra in the Sino-Indian relationship today. When leaders of India & China meet they represent more than one third world population, two fastest growing economies, having biggest militaries and leading consumers of energy, consequently their relations cordial or hostile effect not only the region but the whole world…. Read Article →

Assessing Obama’s Visit to Vietnam- The Way Forward; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0082/2016 Courtesy: Thayer Consultancy Background Brief, May 24 2016 We request your assessment on the outcome of President Obama’s visit to Vietnam with specific reference to the following issues: Q1- What is the future of Vietnam-US relations after Obama’s visit? Any changes? ANSWER: The presidents of Vietnam and the United States have committed themselves to increase cooperation across all areas of common interest included in the 2013… Read Article →

India – Myanmar – China Defense Relations; By Asma Masood

CAS article no. 0074/2016 Courtesy: Mizzima Weekly, Issue 20, Vol. 5, May 19 2016.  Myanmar holds immense strategic significance for both India and China. China seeks to establish a stronger presence in the Indian Ocean Region and Myanmar offers a promising base. The land of the Golden Pagoda also offers a golden opportunity for China to militarily encircle India. Beijing is not concerned only about the Indian factor when consolidating… Read Article →

The Unfolding Dimensions of Recent Developments in South China Sea; By Commodore R. S. Vasan IN (Retd.)

CAS article no. 0072/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies The initial reaction of the USA to review its invitation to China to participate in the forthcoming  Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC), conducted biennially, could be seen as a response to the turning away of the request to dock an aircraft carrier in Hong Kong earlier this month. However, USA has invited China to join in the forthcoming edition claimed… Read Article →

How China is gaining ground in Lanka with `pro-India’ Ranil govt; By Commodore R. S. Vasan IN (Retd.)

CAS article no. 0058/2016 Courtesy: Times of India  When Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe took over the government in Sri Lanka, their main claim was to undo the wrongs done by the previous Mahinda Rajapakse regime to the national economy and foreign policy. There was widespread apprehension in Sri Lanka that Mahinda was selling out the national interests of Sri Lanka to China on all counts. So when Sri Lankan… Read Article →

South China Sea: China’s Plans for Scarborough Shoal; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0057/2016 Courtesy: Thayer Consultancy Background Brief, April 13, 2016. Q1. Do you expect China to carry out land reclamation at Scarborough Shoal as it has in the Spratlys, and if so to serve what purpose (another airstrip or just a radar station and a lighthouse)? ANSWER: There are strong indications that China is going to act pre-emptively at Scarborough Shoal prior to the decision of the Arbitral… Read Article →