Category Archives: Maritime Silk Route

Leveraging Heritage – China’s Role Within and Across the World By Archana Jayaraman

CAS article no. 0003/2017 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies (C3S)  There has been a lot of discussion about China’s ‘Soft Power Push’[1]. From culture, political values, innovation to education, China has been seen as reshaping its image to emerge as a power center in the region and steadily crawling outwards at the same time. Culture, specifically, has seen a major boost under President Xi Jinping’s leadership. At a session… Read Article →

Perspectives on Emerging India-China strategic dynamics: Understanding OBOR; By Col. R. Hariharan VSM

CAS article no. 0001/2017 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies  Role of President Xi Jinping in reshaping China China’s desire to dominate global environment and play an increasing role in international affairs to complement its growth as global economic power is linked to its hope to create a “moderately prosperous society.”[1] The fall in China’s growth rate in the last five years has increased its urgency, not only to carry… Read Article →

Chinese President to Probe Bangladesh; By Bhaskar Roy

CAS article no. 0151/2016 Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group (SAAG) Courtesy South Asia Analysis Group Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to pay an official visit to Bangladesh on October 14.  Obviously the red carpet will be rolled out for him in Dhaka. The two countries have maintained stable and sustained relationship over the decades.  Bangladesh Prime Minister Sk. Hasina visited China twice since she returned to power in 2009. Whichever… 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 →

Will China Merrily Row Its Boat on Myanmar’s Stream? – Prospects of Restarting Myitsone Dam Project (Part I); By Asma Masood

CAS article no. 0050/2016 Courtesy: Myanmar Business Today  (Vol 4 Issue 13)  China expressed its desire on March 17 to restart the suspended Myitsone Dam Project in Myanmar, saying the contract was still valid. The statement has come a few days after the announcement of Myanmar’s new president-elect U Htin Kyaw. He is a close aide of Aung San Suu Kyi and a member of the ruling National League for Democracy… 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 →

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 →