Category Archives: Russia

China’s Increasing Role in World Affairs; By Mr. M. R. Sivaraman

CAS article no. 0030/2017 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies China is once again in the limelight with the US government bent on forcing North Korea into submission and disabling it to an extent that it does not flex its muscles against its neighbours and periodically threaten the US with a nuclear strike. China for its own reasons has fostered and nurtured North Korea perhaps as a bulwark against the… 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 →

Is India Legitimately Worried Of Growing Russia-Pakistan Ties?; By JK Verma

CAS article no. 0005/2017 Courtesy: Aviation & Defence Universe  Post cold-war years and disintegration of erstwhile USSR have resulted into changed equations between many past friendships and India-Russia relations is one of them. Both have each other but have also found new friends in the region and beyond. The two nations since India’s independence remained on a strong footing, although defence cooperation was the fulcrum of the rapport.  But the… Read Article →

Xi in LatAm: China Expands Footprints in the Region; By Shastri Ramachandaran

CAS article no. 0163/2016 Courtesy: Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ongoing visit to Latin America – from November 17 to 23 – comes at an opportune juncture, with the U.S. and other powers caught in domestic situations and global uncertainties that preclude their proactive engagement abroad. And President Xi, who is on course for state visits to Ecuador, Peru and Chile, can be expected to make the most of extending… Read Article →

The Public and Nuclear Power in China; By L. V. Krishnan

CAS article no. 0139/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies (C3S) August 6 is a reminder of the first use of a nuclear weapon in war 71 years ago. The imagery of the instantaneous destruction it caused has come to be used as an argument against all things nuclear. On that same day this year, the Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Division of China National Nuclear Corporation, CNNC chose to issue a… Read Article →

Sino-Russian relations: Higher, Stronger; By Shastri Ramachandaran

CAS article no. 0110/2016 Courtesy: In the last week of June, Tashkent and Seoul were both in the news for events which may have set in motion changes with far-reaching consequences for power equations in Asia and the Asia-Pacific. Hence, the two cities may well be remembered as the trigger-point of developments on which Sino-Russian strategic partnership may have an impact. Seoul was the venue for the Nuclear Suppliers… 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 →

China’s 21st Century Emperor and its Implications for India; By Dr. Subhash Kapila

CAS article no. 0067/2016 Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group  China’s 21st Century Emperor emerges in the persona of President Xi Jinping who unprecedentedly in a short time-span has assumed total control of all Chinese military organs which create implications for Indian security. Historically, an essential tenet of a nation’s threat assessments emanating from its military adversary was an estimation of the character and personality traits of its Commander-in-Chief controlling the… Read Article →

Vietnam: Relations with the U.S. After the 12th Party Congress; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article No. 0012/2016 Courtesy: Thayer Consultancy Background Brief, January 9, 2016 Background Briefing: We request your comments on the likely outcome of Vietnam’s 12th National Party Congress with respect to the following three questions: Q1. Would you expect Vietnam’s party congress and new leadership to further strengthen the hands of those advocating closer relationship with the US to counter China? ANSWER: It is likely that the next Secretary General of the Vietnam Communist Party could… Read Article →

Vietnamese Diplomacy, 1975-2015: From Member of the Socialist Camp to Proactive International Integration; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no:  0004/2016 Courtesy: Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 1(3), 2015. 194-214. Introduction This paper presents a broad overview of the evolution of Vietnamese diplomacy from national reunification in 1975 to the present. This forty-year timeframe is sub-divided into three parts. The first part studies Vietnam’s shift from a member of the socialist community led by the Soviet Union to a member of the international community from 1975-91. This… Read Article →