Monthly Archives: March 2016

India bristles as China woos Himalayan neighbour; By Shastri Ramachandaran

CAS article no. 0051/2016 Courtesy: DNA Yet another South Asian country, Nepal, is falling for the charms of China. The language of this new dalliance, regardless of where it may lead, is causing unease in India. Arriving in Beijing on March 20 for a week-long visit, Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said that his country’s relationship with China was “as high as the Himalayas”, which he said symbolised friendship…. 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 →

Politics of China’s Military Reorganization; By Bhaskar Roy

CAS article no. 0049/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies China’s President Xi Jinping, who is also the general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) chaired a path  – breaking meeting of the CMC from November 24 to 26, 2015 which brought about wide ranging structural changes in the country’s defense doctrine. The doctrinal changes have not been spelt out,… Read Article →

Book Review: Nash equilibrium and India; By K. Subramanian

CAS article no. 0048/2016 Courtesy: The Hindu Kaushik Basu, An Economist in the Real World: The Art of Policymaking in India, Penquin Viking Books, Rs. 599. A great theoretician bends abstractions to suit real-world needs. Kaushik Basu’s academic credentials are impeccable. His first love is teaching and researching. He has taught at several universities in India and abroad. He has published more than 160 articles in scholarly journals and newspapers. Currently,… Read Article →

Book Review: The Other Tamils of Sri Lanka; By Prof. V. Suryanarayan

CAS article no. 0047/2016 Courtesy: The Book Review, VOLUME XL NUMBER 3 March 2016 Kumari Jayawardena and Rachel Kurian, Class, Patriarchy and Ethnicity on Sri Lankan Plantations: Two Centuries of Power and Protest (Orient Black Swan, Hyderabad, 2015), Price not mentioned.  The book traces two centuries old history of plantations in Sri Lanka from its inception in the early 19th century to the present. In so doing the book highlights the complex… Read Article →

After Natuna Incident, South China Sea Tensions Likely to Get Worse Before They Get Better; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0046/2016 Courtesy: The Diplomat  Indonesia is set to follow a passive and dependent policy in the region. A recent high-level visitor to China told The Diplomat that he detected a new sense of urgency in Beijing to complete its consolidation of control over the South China Sea before the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal hands down its decision on the claims made by the Philippines against China. At the… Read Article →

China Opens Door Wider for Private Investors; By Shastri Ramachandaran

CAS article no. 0045/2016 Courtesy: DNA India The legislature sessions of a state controlled by the Communist Party is doing more to encourage private capital than parliamentary democracy in the neighbourhood. This is in contrast to the situation in India, where Parliament is stalled, and the government is unable to deliver promised reforms (GST, for example) that would bring forth investments into the market and for infrastructure development. This is… Read Article →

China’s Defence Budget 2016 – What it Spells; By Bhaskar Roy

CAS article no. 0044/2016 Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group On March 5, China declared one of its lowest increase in defence budget since it started modernization under Revolution in Military Affairs (RFA).  The increase of 7.6 percent, taking defence spending for 2016 to approximately US $ 146 billion, is the first single digit increase in the last six years. Analysts are asking why this drop in the budget given the fact… Read Article →

New Model of Major Power Relations: China-U.S. Global Cooperation and Regional Contention; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0043/2016 The following article is text of a presentation made by the author to an International Conference on ‘ASEAN and China–US Relations: New Security Dynamics and Regional Implications’ co-sponsored by the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Sheraton Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam on March 10, 2016.  Introduction China’s rise and how the United States manages China’s rise are the two most important strategic developments that will shape global… Read Article →

Too Old to Die Young; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0042/2016 Courtesy: Russian International Affairs Council The Vietnam Communist Party (VCP) held its 12th National Congress in Hanoi from 20-28 January. The foreign news media devoted the lion’s share of attention on the contestation for the post of VCP Secretary General between incumbent Nguyen Phu Trong and challenger Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. The real issue was not about ideological differences but about collective leadership by the… Read Article →