Category Archives: Military

North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Over Japan; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0043/2017 A major development has just taken place today and we request your urgent assessment. North Korea fired a ballistic missile that passed over Japan, around 5:57 a.m. local time on Tuesday, August 29. A South Korean military official told NBC News that the missile flew for about 2,700 kilometers (1,678 miles), reaching a maximum altitude of 550 kilometers (342 miles). According to Itsunori Onodera, Japan’s defense… Read Article →

Sukma once again, LWE is single biggest threat to India’s internal security ; By JK Verma

CAS article no. 0029/2017 Courtesy: The India Saga As many as 26 valiant Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were mercilessly killed by well-armed Naxalites in one of the deadliest attack in Sukma district in Chhattisgarh on April 24.  More than 300 Maoists armed with lethal weapons attacked CRPF contingent of 99 personnel of 74th Battalion. These CRPF men were safeguarding the construction of a road which connects Burkapal and… Read Article →

Vietnam and the South China Sea’s Roiled Waters; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0015/2017 Courtesy: Policy Forum Shining a spotlight on Vietnam’s militarisation in the Spratlys Vietnam’s military activities in the South China Sea, while not on the same scale as China’s, pre-date them considerably and are squarely aimed at maintaining a balance of power in the region. On 11 January US Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson sparked a media storm in China during his confirmation hearing when he responded… Read Article →

Military Modernization and Capacity Building in the Philippines and Vietnam; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0014/2017 Courtesy: Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Introduction This paper focuses on force modernization and capacity building in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) from the 1990s to the present. This paper is divided into five parts. Part one provides a historical background to force modernization in both countries during the period from the 1990s to around 2010 and… Read Article →

Myanmar and China – Is Daw Suu Kyi the Pivot?; By Bhaskar Roy

CAS article no. 0144/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies Myanmar’s State Counsellor and head of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has just concluded a five-day (Aug 17-21) official visit to China at the invitation of Chinese premier Li Keqiang. She was accorded the protocol of a visiting prime minister of a country that the Chinese leaders see not only as being of economic… 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 →

Managing Security Tensions in the South China Sea: The Role of ASEAN; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0133/2016 Courtesy: David Brewster ed., Indo-Pacific Maritime Security: Challenges and Cooperation (Canberra: National Security College, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of the Asia & the Pacific, The Australian National University, July 2016), 25-30. This paper reviews current diplomatic and political efforts to manage security tensions in the South China Sea with a focus on interactions between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), China and the… Read Article →

India-China Engagement: Disturbing Divergence; By Bhaskar Roy

CAS article no. 0131/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies Indian prime minister Narendra  Modi started  his tenure just over two years ago with a message of goodwill and partnership in development with India’s neighbours ,including China. Soon after, Chinese president XI Jinping made his maiden visit to India. The red-carpet welcome to Xi in Modi’s home state of Gujarat was unprecedented in warmth –  photographs of the two of… Read Article →

Indian defence vying to sell despite maximum purchase; By Jai Kumar Verma

CAS article no. 0125/2016 Courtesy: Aviation & Defence Universe Defence import to export is too long a bridge to cross for any nation, and more so for India. A nation which is at the top of the list of nations defence importers due to a strategically turbulent neighbourhood and nowhere in the top twenty list of exporters, India has in the last two years started exploring a market for defence exports…. Read Article →

South China Sea Arbitration – Likely Fallouts; By Bhaskar Roy

CAS article no. 0121/2016 Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group  The much awaited ruling of the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration on the South China Sea (SCS) case brought by the Philippines against China over disputed maritime claims finally came on July 12, at The Hague. Manila had taken the case to the tribunal in 2013, following Beijing’s overbearing and aggressive attitude in its territorial waters.  China declined to contest… Read Article →