Category Archives: Asia

Modi’s Interlocutor Will Talk With Position Of Strength; By J.K Verma

CAS article no. 0048/2017 Courtesy: Aviation and Defence Universe No prizes for guessing the top news which set a lot of minds pondering in the month gone by. The news that the Central government has appointed former Intelligence Bureau Director Dineshwar Sharma as interlocutor on Kashmir when terrorists are on run and losing ground in the state, indicates that the government wants to settle Kashmir issue once for all. As large numbers of… Read Article →

Rohingya Refugees: A Security Threat To India; By J.K Verma

CAS article no. 0045/2017 Courtesy: Aviation and Defence Universe Ethnic cleansing hits headlines in the western world media but little realisation is that mass migration of the  result of this in the neighbouring nations through porous borders triggers a crisis which might reflect in more than one serious forms. The global media currently has a news peg and Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims exodus just refuses to become a number two headline…. Read Article →

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 →

Leveraging Heritage – China’s Role Within and Across the World By Archana Jayaraman

CAS article no. 0003/2017 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies (C3S)  There has been a lot of discussion about China’s ‘Soft Power Push’[1]. From culture, political values, innovation to education, China has been seen as reshaping its image to emerge as a power center in the region and steadily crawling outwards at the same time. Culture, specifically, has seen a major boost under President Xi Jinping’s leadership. At a session… Read Article →

Chinese President to Probe Bangladesh; By Bhaskar Roy

CAS article no. 0151/2016 Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group (SAAG) Courtesy South Asia Analysis Group Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to pay an official visit to Bangladesh on October 14.  Obviously the red carpet will be rolled out for him in Dhaka. The two countries have maintained stable and sustained relationship over the decades.  Bangladesh Prime Minister Sk. Hasina visited China twice since she returned to power in 2009. Whichever… Read Article →

ASEM, Connectivity and Media; By Shastri Ramachandaran

CAS article no. 0083/2016 Courtesy: China.org Twenty years of striving to strengthen understanding, trust and cooperation between two continents through political dialogue, economic cooperation and socio-cultural exchange is a remarkable effort. In the course of these two decades, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), as the pre-eminent trans-regional forum in this part of the world, has come a long way for its modest beginnings in Bangkok in 1996 attended by 25 Asian… 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 →

Why is OBOR Not at All a Good Idea for India?; By Commodore R. S. Vasan IN (Retd.)

CAS article no. 0077/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies From the time the OBOR was conceptualized towards end of 2013, there have been plenty of discussions on the usefulness of this project to Asia, Africa and beyond.  It is also being made out that it will bring about greater connectivity, prosperity and regional economic integration.  Many countries across continents have joined the initiative.  India the regional super power in… Read Article →

China’s Silk Road Project can Benefit India; By Shastri Ramachandaran

CAS article no. 0073/2016 Courtesy: DNA India The following article was written after the author attended the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Media Dialogue on Connectivity held in Guangzhou last week. It is hard to figure out why the Government of India (GoI) has steeled itself against accepting any part in China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. Sections seeking to influence policy have more than once reiterated that it is in… Read Article →

South China Sea: United States Stiffens its Stances on China’s Conflict Escalation; By Dr. Subhash Kapila

CAS article no. 0069/2016 Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group  China seems to be woefully oblivious to major lessons of United States belated entry in two Global wars of 20th Century to ensure global security, as it pursues incessant conflict escalation in the South China Sea. The major lessons of United States belated military interventions against Germany’s aggression and conflict escalation preceding World War I and World War II were that… Read Article →