Category Archives: Navy

Success of Modi’s Act East Policy depends on India – Myanmar ties; By Jai Kumar Verma

CAS article no. 0145/2016 Courtesy: Aviation and Defence Universe  It was External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj first and Hitin Kyaw President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar next within a week, visiting each other’s country that raised eyebrows. It seemed that both the nations were trying to forge close relations with each other, motivated by a desire to counter China’s growing influence as a regional leader. For a… 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 →

U.S.A – India Relations and Imperatives for China; By Commodore R. S. Vasan IN (Retd.)

CAS article no. 0090/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies While reporting on the visit of Modi to U.S and the U.S-India relations which are on the upswing, the state run Global Times published an article on 08th June 2016[i] with the title “India’s vision cannot be realized by containing China”. It is very clear that observers in China and the leadership are concerned with the new trajectory in U.S-India relationship…. Read Article →

Kachchatheevu – Mixed Signals; By Prof. V. Suryanarayan

CAS article no. 0089/2016 Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group  The popular Tamil news channel Puthiya Thalamurai last week came out with the sensational news that Sri Lankan naval personnel are present in the Island of Kachchatheevu. Sri Lanka watchers who were interviewed were of the view that Sri Lankan Navy was supervising the reconstruction of St. Anthony’s Church. St Anthony is the guardian angel of fishermen who will rescue them… 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 →

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 →

National Maritime Day Celebration: Keynote Address; By Commodore R. S. Vasan IN (Retd.)

CAS article no. 0054/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies The National Maritime Day was celebrated in Chennai on 05 April 2016. The Full text of the address by Guest of Honour Commodore R. S. Vasan IN (Retd.), Former Regional Commander Coast Guard Region East, Director Chennai Centre for China Studies and Head Strategy and Security Studies, Center for Asia Studies is given below: Your Excellency, Governor of Tamil Nadu… Read Article →