Monthly Archives: December 2015

Myanmar’s Revival Poses Special Challenge for both Beijing and New Delhi; By Shastri Ramachandaran

CAS article no:  0046/2015 Courtesy: Global Times  After Myanmar’s elections, the world is watching what happens. How India and China play their political, economic and strategic cards matters greatly both for Myanmar and for India-China relations. As the most entrenched power in Myanmar, China is far ahead of India, and all other countries, in the emerging economic, political and strategic sweepstakes. There are over 5 million ethnic Chinese in Myanmar,… Read Article →

India-Pakistan talks: Modi gives cause for new hope; By Shastri Ramachandaran

CAS article no:  0045/2015 Courtesy: DNA At last, 18 months after he became Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has taken the most important step towards normalising relations with Pakistan. His sending External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Pakistan is a laudable step. More laudable is the way Swaraj — who in her August press conference tore into Pakistan and justified the talks being called off — conducted herself in Islamabad with… Read Article →

China: Is a Personality Cult Growing around Xi Jinping?; By D. S. Rajan

CAS article no:  0044/2015 As the end of the third year of China’s top leader Xi Jinping’s ascension to power approaches and a new year is to usher in, one does not fail to see the regularly appearing evidences pointing towards not so concealed efforts to boost the image of the already all powerful leader, touching all key fields like ideology, politics, economy and military. Some analysts think that these… Read Article →

Why Vietnam’s Foreign Policy Won’t Change After Its Party Congress; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no:  0043/2015 Courtesy: The Diplomat The Central Committee of the Vietnam Communist Party (VCP) is poised to hold its thirteenth plenary session this month. According to informed insiders, this will be crunch time for selecting candidates for Vietnam’s top leadership posts – party secretary general, state president, prime minister, and chair of the National Assembly. Once the plenum concludes, preparations for the twelfth national party congress, reportedly scheduled… Read Article →

Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-Jeou Meeting: Easy to understand but difficult to resolve Taiwan Issue!; By B. R. Deepak

CAS article no:  0042/2015 Last September when Prime Minister Modi visited Japan, India and Japan upgraded their bilateral relations to ‘special strategic and global partnership.’ The 56 point long Tokyo Declaration issued on 1 September, 2014 after the summit meeting could be regarded as a blue print for future collaboration between India and Japan. The Declaration incorporates areas such as infrastructure, investment, energy security, agriculture and food, regional connectivity, defense… Read Article →