Category Archives: Energy

Green Trends: OBOR and Environmental Implications ; By Preethi Amaresh

CAS article no. 0038/2017 Courtesy: Chennai Center for China Studies “OBOR is a 21st century big idea – probably the biggest idea floated in the last 10 years and it is being implemented in a Chinese manner. You cross the river by feeling the stones”. – Jean-Guy Carrier The One Belt One Road (OBOR) is a Sinocentric vision that harks back to the ancient Silk Roads but this time on… Read Article →

Book Review: India and China in Africa: A Comparative Perspective of the Oil Industry; By K. Subramanian

CAS article no. 0026/2017   Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies (C3S) The rise of China as the fasted growing economy attracted global attention. Its expansion through trade and investment with other parts of the world such as Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa has excited many scholars and triggered much research work. India has also risen as an economic power and is included in the list of economies categorised… Read Article →

China’s Northeast Revival Key Test of Supply-Side Reform; By Shastri Ramachandaran

CAS article no. 0011/2017 Courtesy: China.org.cn  China’s northeast, home to the old industrial bases for long, is on the brink of a major economic transformation. The once robust industrialized region which, over the decades, has declined to a “rust belt” is now being revived anew. And, the rejuvenation is making rapid strides as scripted in the plan for revitalization of these industrial bases. A policy document released on April 26,… Read Article →

Environmental and Energy Security: Dams, Water Wars and Dependence on Fossil Fuels; By Raakhee Suryaprakash

CAS article no. 0150/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies (C3S) Energy and the environment are two important issues of the day. The future of mankind depends on whether we make them symbiotic or competitive. We are imperilled by extreme weather patterns, terrorism, civil war, etc. and much of it is ruled by mankind’s thirst for crude oil. With the clarion cry against poverty the mad scramble towards development has… 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 →

Getting Around the U.S.’s Persian Block; By K. Subramanian

CAS article no. 0100/2016 Courtesy: The Hindu  Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Iran a month ago was significant on all counts. As he himself said: “…[the] visit was fruitful” and it is sure to have had a positive impact. The discussions signaled an eagerness by India and Iran to promote bilateral ties. Twelve agreements were signed, the most strategic of them being the one for the development of Iran’s… Read Article →

Will China Merrily Row Its Boat on Myanmar’s Stream? – Prospects of Restarting Myitsone Dam Project (Part II); By Asma Masood

CAS article no. 0055/2016 Courtesy: Myanmar Business Today  (Vol 4 Issue 14) This is the second and the final part of this article. The first part was published in Myanmar Business Today’s last week’s edition (Vol. 4, Issue 13). Which way will the tide turn? Suu Kyi is responding in a two-pronged manner to China’s overtures. On one hand she strongly objected to the Myitsone project, saying that it poses… Read Article →

Will China Merrily Row Its Boat on Myanmar’s Stream? – Prospects of Restarting Myitsone Dam Project (Part I); By Asma Masood

CAS article no. 0050/2016 Courtesy: Myanmar Business Today  (Vol 4 Issue 13)  China expressed its desire on March 17 to restart the suspended Myitsone Dam Project in Myanmar, saying the contract was still valid. The statement has come a few days after the announcement of Myanmar’s new president-elect U Htin Kyaw. He is a close aide of Aung San Suu Kyi and a member of the ruling National League for Democracy… Read Article →

China -The New Lawrence of Arabia?; By Asma Masood

CAS article no. 0029/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies The first container train service between China and Iran was launched on January 28 2016. A train departed from Yiwu for Tehran carrying ‘small commodities’. The 10,399 km journey via Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan is scheduled to take 14 days, around half the journey time by sea. Not long before, on January 20, reports stated that an MOU for cooperation in… Read Article →