Monthly Archives: May 2016

ASEM, Connectivity and Media; By Shastri Ramachandaran

CAS article no. 0083/2016 Courtesy: Twenty years of striving to strengthen understanding, trust and cooperation between two continents through political dialogue, economic cooperation and socio-cultural exchange is a remarkable effort. In the course of these two decades, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), as the pre-eminent trans-regional forum in this part of the world, has come a long way for its modest beginnings in Bangkok in 1996 attended by 25 Asian… Read Article →

Assessing Obama’s Visit to Vietnam- The Way Forward; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0082/2016 Courtesy: Thayer Consultancy Background Brief, May 24 2016 We request your assessment on the outcome of President Obama’s visit to Vietnam with specific reference to the following issues: Q1- What is the future of Vietnam-US relations after Obama’s visit? Any changes? ANSWER: The presidents of Vietnam and the United States have committed themselves to increase cooperation across all areas of common interest included in the 2013… Read Article →

Vietnam: President Obama Lifts Arms Embargo- Significance; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0081/2016 Courtesy: Thayer Consultancy Background Briefs, May 23-May 24 2016 Please give us your analysis of this news: President Barack Obama has announced the US is fully lifting its embargo on sales of lethal weapons to Vietnam. Q. How do you assess the importance of this decision by Obama? ANSWER: President Obama’s decision to lift the arms embargo on Vietnam represents one of the capstones of his… Read Article →

President Obama Visits Vietnam- Objectives; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0080/2016 Courtesy: Thayer Consultancy Background Brief, May 23, 2016. Q1. What do you think is the primary goal of President Obama’s visit and the key deliverables he’s looking to achieve? ANSWER: President Obama is looking towards the future and ensuring that his policy of rebalance to Asia leaves a positive legacy. Vietnam is one of the success stories of Obama’s rebalance policy. Vietnam signed on to TPP… Read Article →

Killing of Taliban Chief Mullah Mansour will Damage US-Pakistan ties; By Col. R. Hariharan

CAS article no. 0079/2016 Courtesy: India Today opinion portal Daily O  The death of Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Muhammad Akhtar Mansour in a US drone strike carried out 81km inside Pakistan in North Waziristan, on May 21, without prior intimation to Pakistanm could become a game changer in the AfPak region. Even before Mansour’s death was confirmed, Pakistan summoned the US ambassador and lodged a protest against the drone attack violating… Read Article →

Comparative Study of Sun Tzu and Kautilya on Military Affairs; By Shantanu K. Bansal

CAS article no. 0078/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies Sun Tzu (Master Sun) Sun Tzu was a well known military General and strategist who lived in ancient China.Traditional historians believe that he lived between 544-496 B.C. He grew up with an education focusing on military affairs and politics. He participated in numerous campaigns and succeeded in becoming a General under the Wu dynasty. He is one of the East… Read Article →

Why is OBOR Not at All a Good Idea for India?; By Commodore R. S. Vasan IN (Retd.)

CAS article no. 0077/2016 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies From the time the OBOR was conceptualized towards end of 2013, there have been plenty of discussions on the usefulness of this project to Asia, Africa and beyond.  It is also being made out that it will bring about greater connectivity, prosperity and regional economic integration.  Many countries across continents have joined the initiative.  India the regional super power in… Read Article →

Book Review: Fascinating Cross-border Fourth Estate Comparisons; By Asma Masood

CAS article no. 0076/2016 Courtesy: VIDURA, a journal of the Press Institute of India, Vol. 8, Issue 2, April-June 2016 Robin Jeffrey, Ronojoy Sen, Ed., Media at Work in China and India: Discovering and Dissecting, (SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd, New Delhi, 2015), Rs.995. Be it Beijing or Delhi, the indispensable nature of media cannot be undermined. The volume analyzes the media’s role in India and China in four chapters…. Read Article →

CAS Dialogue: Status of India’s Bureaucracy

CAS article no. 0075/2016 The following is text of a discussion held by members of Chennai Centre for China Studies on April 20 2016. The theme revolved around the status of India’s bureaucracy. Cmde. R. S. Vasan IN (Retd.) Director, C3S. Sri B. S. Raghavan (Patron, C3S), had said that Prime Minister Modi needs to sort out the bureaucracy which is falling short of expectations. Here is the link to the… Read Article →

India – Myanmar – China Defense Relations; By Asma Masood

CAS article no. 0074/2016 Courtesy: Mizzima Weekly, Issue 20, Vol. 5, May 19 2016.  Myanmar holds immense strategic significance for both India and China. China seeks to establish a stronger presence in the Indian Ocean Region and Myanmar offers a promising base. The land of the Golden Pagoda also offers a golden opportunity for China to militarily encircle India. Beijing is not concerned only about the Indian factor when consolidating… Read Article →