Monthly Archives: April 2016

Think West In India’s Foreign Policy; By Ambassador (Retd) M. Ganapathi

CAS article no. 0063/2016 (The following speech on ‘Think West In India’s Foreign Policy’ was delivered by Ambassador (Retd) M. Ganapathi at the Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod on April 11, 2016 in the lecture organised under the Distinguished Lecture Series of the PD Division of the Ministry External Affairs, Government of India.) Good afternoon, friends! May I begin by offering my sincere, heartfelt condolences to the families of the bereaved due to the… Read Article →

Why Katchatheevu is non-issue for fishermen, good for politics; By Cmde. R. S. Vasan    

CAS article no. 0062/2016 Courtesy: Times Of India While MK, Jaya Spar Over Ceding Of The Island, They Ignore Problems Of Trawling In the run-up to the state elections, both the AIADMK and the DMK have been bringing up the issue of ceding of Katchatheevu in 1974 and blaming each other for the woes of fishermen in Palk Bay.While the AIADMK accuses the DMK of remaining silent and not acting against… Read Article →

China: Is Xi Jinping losing his hold on Power?; By D. S. Rajan

CAS article no. 0061/2016   A series of politically significant events have taken place in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) since the end of February 2016. Prima facie, they seem to mark the beginning of a movement spearheaded by some elements within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and sections of  social elites in the country like the business circles  and intelligentsia against certain  policies and style of functioning of Xi… Read Article →

China in the Indian Ocean; By D. S. Rajan

CAS article no. 0060/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies Note: The paper “China in the Indian Ocean” was presented by D. S. Rajan at Asian Studies Department, Kean university, New Jersey, USA on April 07-08, 2016. Abstract The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has not so far come out with a codified Indian Ocean Region (IOR) strategy. The country however has a maritime vision involving the IOR in particular…. Read Article →

Christians are at the receiving end in Pakistan; By Jai Kumar Verma

CAS article no. 0059/2016 Courtesy: The India Saga The suicide bomber of Jamat-ul-Ahrar, a breakaway faction of Pakistani Taliban, carried out bomb blasts in a park in Lahore on March 27 where Christians were celebrating Easter. The powerful bomb explosion in which more than 20 kgs of explosives was used killed more than 72 persons and caused injuries to about 340 others, mainly Christians. The spokesman of the terrorist outfit… Read Article →

How China is gaining ground in Lanka with `pro-India’ Ranil govt; By Commodore R. S. Vasan IN (Retd.)

CAS article no. 0058/2016 Courtesy: Times of India  When Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe took over the government in Sri Lanka, their main claim was to undo the wrongs done by the previous Mahinda Rajapakse regime to the national economy and foreign policy. There was widespread apprehension in Sri Lanka that Mahinda was selling out the national interests of Sri Lanka to China on all counts. So when Sri Lankan… Read Article →

South China Sea: China’s Plans for Scarborough Shoal; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0057/2016 Courtesy: Thayer Consultancy Background Brief, April 13, 2016. Q1. Do you expect China to carry out land reclamation at Scarborough Shoal as it has in the Spratlys, and if so to serve what purpose (another airstrip or just a radar station and a lighthouse)? ANSWER: There are strong indications that China is going to act pre-emptively at Scarborough Shoal prior to the decision of the Arbitral… Read Article →

Rising influence of IS in Afghanistan: A dangerous phenomena for region and world; By Jai Kumar Verma

CAS article no. 0056/2016 Courtesy: South Asia Monitor  Islamic State (IS), which is an emerging force in Afghanistan, is slowly but steadily becoming powerful. There can be a difference of opinion about the actual strength and its area of influence in the country, or even its link with IS of Syria and Iraq, but there can be no dispute that the strength of the IS (Da’esh) fighters is increasing. In… Read Article →

Will China Merrily Row Its Boat on Myanmar’s Stream? – Prospects of Restarting Myitsone Dam Project (Part II); By Asma Masood

CAS article no. 0055/2016 Courtesy: Myanmar Business Today  (Vol 4 Issue 14) This is the second and the final part of this article. The first part was published in Myanmar Business Today’s last week’s edition (Vol. 4, Issue 13). Which way will the tide turn? Suu Kyi is responding in a two-pronged manner to China’s overtures. On one hand she strongly objected to the Myitsone project, saying that it poses… Read Article →

National Maritime Day Celebration: Keynote Address; By Commodore R. S. Vasan IN (Retd.)

CAS article no. 0054/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies The National Maritime Day was celebrated in Chennai on 05 April 2016. The Full text of the address by Guest of Honour Commodore R. S. Vasan IN (Retd.), Former Regional Commander Coast Guard Region East, Director Chennai Centre for China Studies and Head Strategy and Security Studies, Center for Asia Studies is given below: Your Excellency, Governor of Tamil Nadu… Read Article →