Monthly Archives: October 2015

 China: Party Stresses ‘legitimacy’ aspect for the first time- Identity crisis before it? By D. S. Rajan

CAS article no:  0030/2015 Personalities, authorities and the media in the US have of late given indications on the possible   dispatch soon under the country’s “freedom of navigation” (FON) operations,  of one or more US surface ships to  within 12 nautical miles of the artificial islands in South China Sea (SCS) created by the People’s Republic of China (PRC). China’s reaction to such indications so far remains mixed; officially it… Read Article →

China-US:  Naval Confrontation Imminent in South China Sea?; By D. S. Rajan

 CAS article no:  0029/2015 Personalities, authorities and the media in the US have of late given indications on the possible   dispatch soon under the country’s “freedom of navigation” (FON) operations,  of one or more US surface ships to  within 12 nautical miles of the artificial islands in South China Sea (SCS) created by the People’s Republic of China (PRC). China’s reaction to such indications so far remains mixed; officially it… Read Article →

Brutal repression by Pakistani forces in PoK; By Jai Kumar Verma

CAS article no:  0028/2015 Islamabad is treating areas of Kashmir illegally occupied by them as a colony. Pakistan has not developed infrastructure in the area with an ulterior motive and the residents continue to lead their lives without the basic privileges the modern world of today can afford. There are no highways, no good roads, less educational institutions and age-old medical facilities. The areas of Kashmir illegitimately taken from India consist… Read Article →

Book Review: China: Confucius in the Shadows – Poonam Surie; By D. S. Rajan

CAS article no:  0027/2015 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies China: Confucius in the Shadows – Poonam Surie (KW Publishers Pvt Ltd, New Delhi, India; Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi, India, 2015, pp 262, Rs 980/-) When the reviewer was reading this admirable book on China’s greatest sage and philosopher Confucius (Called Kongzi in Chinese, 551-479 BC), who was born around the same time as Buddha, an imagination… Read Article →

Rising Terrorism can Derail Bangladesh; By Bhaskar Roy

  CAS article no:  0026/2015 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies While the World Bank raised the status of Bangladesh to a lower middle – income country and World Bank President,Jim Yong Kim lauded Bangladesh’s role in empowering women,terming the country a model in women’s progress,rising terrorism has cast a shadow on the nation.In the last six years,since the Awami League– led progressive and secular coalition government under Prime Minister… Read Article →

Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold: A Vietnamese Perspective on China-U.S. Relations; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no:  0025/2015 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies  The article is text of a paper presented by the author to an International Conference on ‘China-US Relations in Global Perspective’ sponsored by the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand October 8-9, 2015.  Introduction Vietnam pursues a declaratory foreign policy of ‘independence, self-reliance, multilateralization and diversification of international relations, [and] proactive international integration and cooperation’. Within this foreign… 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 →

China: Military Modernization in Xi Jinping Era- Implications for Foreign Policy; By D. S. Rajan

CAS article no:  0023/2015 “Nations like Russia and China have been pursuing military modernization programs to close the technology gap with the United States. They’re developing platforms designed to thwart our traditional advantages of power projection and freedom of movement.”- US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter (Washington, September 16, 2015)[1]. Coming soon after the September 3, 2015 military parade in Beijing when China exhibited advanced missiles and fighter aircraft and prior… Read Article →

Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP): Responses from China and options for India; By Prof. B. R. Deepak

CAS article no:  0022/2015 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies  TPP is a trade agreement with 12 Pacific Rim countries that has been signed on 5 October 2015 in secrecy after 5 years marathon negotiations but still subject to ratification by the member states. If we trace the history of the TPP, it was in July 2005 when Chile, New Zealand, Singapore and Brunei (also known as P4) signed an… Read Article →

BSF-Pak Rangers Talks End on a Cordial Note; By J. K. Verma

CAS article no:  0021/2015 Courtesy: India Strategic Defence Magazine, October 2015 issue A 16 member Pakistani delegation led by Major General Umar Farooq Burki, Director General Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) reached New Delhi September 9 to hold talks with D K Pathak, Director General Border Security Force (BSF). The delegations of both the countries included respective officials of home ministry, foreign affairs, narcotics control and survey departments. The last DG level talks were held at Lahore in December 2013 and the next meeting… Read Article →