Category Archives: Maritime security

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 →

“India’s Quest for Security of Maritime Energy Lifelines: Need for a Regional Maritime Security Construct”, Interview with Cmde. R. S. Vasan

CAS article no. 0010/2017 The following is text of the responses to interview questions posed by a research scholar working on the topic above to Commodore RS Vasan IN( Retd), Director-Chennai Centre for China Studies and Regional Director-National Maritime Foundation, Chennai Chapter.   Q: In your long-standing experience in matters maritime, in your views, what are the major problems that exists for India in the realm of Maritime Security especially… 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 →

President Obama Visits Vietnam- Objectives; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0080/2016 Courtesy: Thayer Consultancy Background Brief, May 23, 2016. Q1. What do you think is the primary goal of President Obama’s visit and the key deliverables he’s looking to achieve? ANSWER: President Obama is looking towards the future and ensuring that his policy of rebalance to Asia leaves a positive legacy. Vietnam is one of the success stories of Obama’s rebalance policy. Vietnam signed on to TPP… 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 →

Geopolitics and Maritime Security in the Straits of Malacca: Implications of China’s Maritime Silk Road and Indonesia’s Global Maritime Fulcrum; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0064/2016 Introduction This presentation compares and contrasts two major initiatives that will impact on the security of the maritime domain in the approaches to the Straits of Malacca in coming years: President Xi Jinping’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and President Joko Widodo’s Global Maritime Fulcrum. This presentation begins by summarising the key elements of each initiative. Both have a strong domestic economic focus. The presentation then… 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 →

After Natuna Incident, South China Sea Tensions Likely to Get Worse Before They Get Better; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0046/2016 Courtesy: The Diplomat  Indonesia is set to follow a passive and dependent policy in the region. A recent high-level visitor to China told The Diplomat that he detected a new sense of urgency in Beijing to complete its consolidation of control over the South China Sea before the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal hands down its decision on the claims made by the Philippines against China. At the… Read Article →

New Capability and Reach of PLA Navy- Strategic and Tactical Implications in South China Sea and the Indian Ocean Region; By Commodore R. S Vasan IN (Retd)

CAS article no. 0032/2016 Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group The PLA- Navy continues to be in the news as China is determined to add to its growing maritime capability to build a blue water navy of form and substance.  The addition of a new assets to the PLA on a regular basis provides a power projection capability not just within the confines of the South China Seawhere it has territorial… Read Article →