Monthly Archives: February 2016

China’s Selective Approach towards Multilateralism; By D. S. Rajan

CAS article no. 0036/2016 Abstract On solving territorial issues like the one concerning sovereignty over islands in South China Sea (SCS), the People’s Republic of China (PRC) opposes giving any role to a multilateral framework and instead stands for direct talks between it and other contesting nations.  Firmly reflecting this stand is the PRC’s position that the ASEAN Foreign Ministers meetings cannot be the platform to discuss SCS issues and… Read Article →

Keeping radicalism at bay: Muslim grievances need to be addressed; By Jai Kumar Verma

CAS article no. 0035/2016 Courtesy: South Asia Monitor On the guard after the Pathankot airbase attack and with numerous reports hinting at the possibility of terror strikes targeting India, the Indian security forces have launched massive anti-terror operations to stem the growing reach of  Islamic State (IS) in the country, apart from combing out the rogue elements belonging to the ISI backed terrorist outfits, including Al-Qaeda. According to news reports,… Read Article →

Upcoming Event: “Deepening Crisis in Tea Plantation Sector in Sri Lanka” by Dr. Chandra Bose.

Greetings from Center for Asia Studies (CAS) (!   We cordially invite you to a lecture-discussion on “Deepening Crisis in Tea Plantation Sector in Sri Lanka” by Dr. Chandra Bose, Associate Professor, Open University, Sri Lanka. On February 27 2016 at 10:30 hrs. The venue for the event is Chennai Centre for China Studies (C3S), Jai Matadee Building, No. 14, Rutland Gate 4th Street, Chennai- 600006.   The event will… Read Article →

China’s Stock Market Conundrum and Implications for World; By K. Subramanian

CAS article no. 0034/2016 The following is text of a presentation made by the author at Observer Research Foundation, Chennai on February 13 2016. Established in 1991, China’s stock market is the youngest in the world. The London Exchange dates back to the sixteenth century and the New York Exchange to the late eighteenth.Our own BSE dates back to 1875. Though the youngest, since its opening in Shanghai and Shenzhen,… Read Article →

A Fallen Angel; By K. Subramanian

CAS article no. 0033/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies This is the story of the fall of Mr. Xiao Gang, Chairman, China Securities Regulatory Commission (SCRC). Official Xinhua News Agency announced on Saturday (20thFebruary) that he has been forced out of the office as China’s chief regulator. It was reported to be a criticism of his role in amplifying the country’s stock market turbulence. In authoritarian regimes such as… Read Article →

New Capability and Reach of PLA Navy- Strategic and Tactical Implications in South China Sea and the Indian Ocean Region; By Commodore R. S Vasan IN (Retd)

CAS article no. 0032/2016 Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group The PLA- Navy continues to be in the news as China is determined to add to its growing maritime capability to build a blue water navy of form and substance.  The addition of a new assets to the PLA on a regular basis provides a power projection capability not just within the confines of the South China Seawhere it has territorial… Read Article →

Bangladesh Politics And  U.S. Intel’s  Questionable Position; By Bhaskar Roy

CAS article no. 0031/2016 Deposing (Feb.9,2016) before the U.S.Armed Services Committee and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, National Intelligence Director James R. Clapper said in a written statement that Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s,“continuing efforts to undermine the political opposition will probably provide openings for transnational terrorist groups to expand their presence in the country”. Clapper went on to say that Sheikh Hasina and other government officials have maintained publicly that the… Read Article →

Influential Chinese Scholar: “China should be More Assertive, Build Military Alliances.”; By D. S. Rajan

CAS article no. 0030/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies China continues to be aggressive on territorial issues (e.g construction of artificial islands in South China Sea with airport facilities, building base in Djibouti, located in the Horn of Africa); this approach seems to be  at variance with Xi Jinping’s declared stand to treat “development and security interests in a balanced way”. Being noticed at such a time, are opinions… Read Article →

China -The New Lawrence of Arabia?; By Asma Masood

CAS article no. 0029/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies The first container train service between China and Iran was launched on January 28 2016. A train departed from Yiwu for Tehran carrying ‘small commodities’. The 10,399 km journey via Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan is scheduled to take 14 days, around half the journey time by sea. Not long before, on January 20, reports stated that an MOU for cooperation in… Read Article →

Collective Leadership System in CCP may Resume after Xi Jinping’s Ten-Year Term; By Shartsong Tenzin Dhetan and Rinzin Dorjee

CAS article no. 0028/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies This paper deals with the likely scenario of a shift in political leadership system of the Communist Party of China (CCP) and China after Xi Jinping. This paper does not discuss whether China and its leadership system will collapse or emerge as a leading and powerful state in the coming years. Questions raised in this argument attempt to answer: Why… Read Article →