Category Archives: Indian Ocean

South China Sea: From Turbidity to Semblance of Tranquility; By Cmde. R. S. Vasan

CAS article no. 0158/2016 Courtesy: National Maritime Foundation The unfolding events in the South China Sea (SCS) in the last one decade plus has been tumultuous to say the least. The year Code of Conduct (CoC).[1]was signed in Cambodia (2002) can be taken as the bench mark year when the members of the ASEAN and China agreed on prescribed methods for preventing escalation of conflict over territory and resources. It… 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 →

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 →

How China is gaining ground in Lanka with `pro-India’ Ranil govt; By Commodore R. S. Vasan IN (Retd.)

CAS article no. 0058/2016 Courtesy: Times of India  When Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe took over the government in Sri Lanka, their main claim was to undo the wrongs done by the previous Mahinda Rajapakse regime to the national economy and foreign policy. There was widespread apprehension in Sri Lanka that Mahinda was selling out the national interests of Sri Lanka to China on all counts. So when Sri Lankan… 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 →

Myanmar – Aung San Suu Kyi’s China Options; By Bhaskar Roy

CAS article no. 0040/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies As Myanmar nears a historic political transition, the incoming National League for Democracy (NLD) will have a lot on their plate. They will face the enormous challenge of steering the country according to their plans. Having struggled for two and a half decades against a hardline military rule, they will have a clearer understanding of challenges  in the domestic field…. 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 →

Report of UGC Centre for Indian Ocean Studies national symposium on ‘India – China Relations: Recent Developments’

CAS article no:  0003/2016 Courtesy: The Hindu  UGC Centre for Indian Ocean Studies conducted a national symposium on ‘India – China Relations: Recent Developments’ on December 28 and 29, 2015. R. Sidda Goud, Director, UGC Centre for Indian Ocean Studies welcomed the participants from different parts of the country and explained the importance of the symposium to the audience in the inaugural session. Tirupathi Rao, Former Vice-Chancellor, Osmania University was… Read Article →

‘Protecting Coasts Imperative’: R. S. Vasan; A Report

CAS article no:  0024/2015 Courtesy: The New Indian Express  “Blue economy is going to be the catchword in the next 10  years as we can benefit by protecting our sea coasts in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR),” said retired commodore R S Vasan, director of the Chennai Centre for China Studies and Center for Asia Studies in Chennai, at Vellore on Friday, October 9 2015. Addressing students of Defence Studies… Read Article →