Monthly Archives: September 2015

President Xi Jinping’s U.S Visit: What India Can Learn; By Prof. B. R. Deepak

CAS article no:  0018/2015 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies Xi Jinping, the most powerful Chinese leader since Deng Xiaoping, will pay his first state visit to the US from September 22-25 2015. Besides, he will also attend summits marking the 70th anniversary of the UN between September 26 and 28. Xi is no stranger to the US and the US President Barack Obama, for he has been to the US 6… Read Article →

North Korea: Time for a Re-Think?; By Dr. Sridhar Krishnaswami

CAS article no:  0017/2015 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies The visit to the North Korean Embassy by a Minister of State of the Modi government has naturally started a debate on whether indeed it is a good time to re-start to what has been referred to a frosty  relations between India and North Korea. In fact academics and analysts of the Korean peninsula have been making the point that… Read Article →

Border Violations: Respond in Language Pak Army Understands; By J. K. Verma

CAS article no:  0016/2015 Courtesy: South Asia Monitor  The relations between India and Pakistan are generally tense and both countries do not miss any opportunity to slander the other although several times the accusations and counter accusations are for the consumption of hardliners in their own state. The border violations by India’s hostile neighbor Pakistan has increased manifold since the last few months. Pakistani security forces have violated the ceasefire… Read Article →

Religion in Diplomacy Makes South Block Uneasy; By Shastri Ramachandaran

CAS article no:  0015/2015 Courtesy: DNA It is a strange coincidence that around the time Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ministers were briefing the Hindutva parent, RSS, on the policies and performance of his government, he was also seeking to make Buddhism central to Indian diplomacy. Thus, to his controversial espousal of Hindu religiosity at home is now added the surprising embrace of Buddhism on the foreign front. Although… Read Article →

Comments on Sri Lanka-India PMs’ Talks; By Col. R. Hariharan

CAS article no:  0014/2015 (This article is based on the notes used in a TV panel discussion on the talks between the visiting Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 15, 2015. It touches upon three issues that figured in their statements at a press meet on the same day.) Question: It is rather strange that when Sri Lanka government has not reduced the… Read Article →

Vietnam’s Transition: Old to The New; By Shastri Ramachandaran

CAS article no:  0013/2015 Courtesy: The Citizen Senior Journalist Shastri Ramachandaran was recently in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.  Transitions are easy to recognise, difficult to define and describe. Vietnam’s transition is no different: easily experienced by the visitor but hard to express adequately in words. New Vietnam is most visible at the historical sites of Old Vietnam, such as the Ho Chi Minh complex in Hanoi and the Cu Chi… Read Article →

Anaemic Global Recovery: What has not been Right with Public Policy; By V. K. Sharma

CAS article no:  0012/2015 Courtesy: Business Standard It is both common and easy to pontificate on what has been wrong, and not right, with public policy after the fact with the benefit of hindsight. But moral legitimacy imperatives demand that foresight be demonstrated at the time of rollout of public policy and not several years later by which time actual outcomes, as opposed to intended policy outcomes, become widely known…. Read Article →

Vietnam: Armed to the Teeth to Deter China; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no:  0011/2015 Courtesy: LIMES: Rivista Italiana Di Geopolitica, no. 8, September 2015 Introduction This article examines how the South China Sea dispute between Vietnam and China has resulted in the unprecedented modernization of Vietnam’s naval and air forces. This development is placed within the historical development of Sino-Vietnamese relations from enmity during the Cambodian conflict to amity. Although the South China Sea territorial dispute is the major irritant in bilateral relations, it has… Read Article →

Vietnam’s 12th National Party Congress – The China Factor; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no:  0010/2015 The Vietnam Communist Party (VCP) is scheduled to hold its next national party congress reportedly in early 2016. There are signs, however, that consensus has not been reached on a number of issues including the South China Sea and relations with China and the selection of Vietnam’s future leadership. This could result in a rescheduling of the congress until a later date. Vietnam holds national party… Read Article →

Visas are Not Forever; By. K. Subramanian

CAS article no:  0009/2015 In the U.S., debates over immigration policy are recurrent and also vitriolic. There is an ongoing debate on the current policy and system of issue of H-1B visas, in particular, about their use or abuse by  companies. Most papers in the Bay area have covered sob stories narrating how U.S. employees are being replaced by foreigners (read, Indian!) holding H-1B visas and those who are under… Read Article →