Monthly Archives: January 2017

“India’s Quest for Security of Maritime Energy Lifelines: Need for a Regional Maritime Security Construct”, Interview with Cmde. R. S. Vasan

CAS article no. 0010/2017 The following is text of the responses to interview questions posed by a research scholar working on the topic above to Commodore RS Vasan IN( Retd), Director-Chennai Centre for China Studies and Regional Director-National Maritime Foundation, Chennai Chapter.   Q: In your long-standing experience in matters maritime, in your views, what are the major problems that exists for India in the realm of Maritime Security especially… Read Article →

Afghanistan should pay back Pakistan in the same coin; By Jai Kumar Verma

CAS article no. 0009/2017 Courtesy: South Asia Monitor Pakistan pursues the policy of “strategic depth” whereby it wants to convert Afghanistan into a client state. Its Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), which controls several terrorist outfits in Afghanistan, enhances the terrorist activities when it feels that the Afghan government is not following its diktat or becoming close to India. ISI uses the Taliban to dislodge the lawful government and, if feasible,… Read Article →

Vietnam: Should Tet (Lunar New Year) Be Abolished?; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0008/2017 Courtesy: Carlyle A. Thayer, “Vietnam: Should Tet (Lunar  New Year) Be Abolished?” Thayer Consultancy Background Brief, January 21, 2017. We request your opinion whether or not Vietnam should abolish the traditional celebrations on Lunar New Year (Tet).We seek your views on the questions below: Q1. As someone with years of observation and research on Vietnam, China and Southeast Asia, what are your thoughts on the traditional Lunar New Year? ANSWER:… Read Article →

Cambodia: The Trump Administration and Hun Sen’s Pro-China Tilt; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0007/2017 Courtesy: Carlyle A. Thayer, “Cambodia: The Trump  Administration and Hun Sen’s  Pro-China Tilt” Thayer Consultancy Background Brief, January 19, 2017. We are preparing an assessment about the coming Trump administration’s tough talk on China and what that might mean for Cambodia’s relationship with China and the United States in the coming years. We completely understand the difficulty of predicting just what a Trump administration will do, however, in light of… Read Article →

Davos awaits Xi’s pitch on responsive leadership; By Shastri Ramachandaran

 CAS article no. 0006/2017 Courtesy: China.org.cn The first-ever address to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos by a Chinese head of state promises to be yet another defining moment for China. President Xi Jinping’s participation at the WEF in the Swiss Alps has created unprecedented buzz in international political and business circles. The buzz is understandable given the significance of Xi’s upcoming debut at Davos, which will be attended by… Read Article →

Is India Legitimately Worried Of Growing Russia-Pakistan Ties?; By JK Verma

CAS article no. 0005/2017 Courtesy: Aviation & Defence Universe  Post cold-war years and disintegration of erstwhile USSR have resulted into changed equations between many past friendships and India-Russia relations is one of them. Both have each other but have also found new friends in the region and beyond. The two nations since India’s independence remained on a strong footing, although defence cooperation was the fulcrum of the rapport.  But the… Read Article →

Vietnam: Exxon Mobil Signs Agreements to Develop Vietnam’s Largest Gas Project; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0004/2017 Courtesy: Carlyle A. Thayer, “Vietnam: Exxon Mobil Signs Agreements to Develop Vietnam’s Largest Gas Project,” Thayer Consultancy Background Brief, January 16, 2017. Could you please provide some background and an assessment of reports that ExxonMobile signed an agreement with PetroVietnam last week during the visit of Secretary of State John Kerry to Vietnam. What is the significance of this deal? ANSWER: On 13 January, PetroVietnam Exploration Production Company signed two agreements with Exxon… Read Article →

Leveraging Heritage – China’s Role Within and Across the World By Archana Jayaraman

CAS article no. 0003/2017 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies (C3S)  There has been a lot of discussion about China’s ‘Soft Power Push’[1]. From culture, political values, innovation to education, China has been seen as reshaping its image to emerge as a power center in the region and steadily crawling outwards at the same time. Culture, specifically, has seen a major boost under President Xi Jinping’s leadership. At a session… Read Article →

The Stars Just Refuse to Align for President Park By Shastri Ramachandaran

CAS article no. 0002/2017 Courtesy: DNA This would never have happened in India where yogis, sadhus, sadhvis and munis flourish in politics and use their political proximity to even build business empires. These ‘higher beings’ are perceived to be above politics, institutions and even the laws of the land. This facet of Indian politics has been visible even at the highest level since the time Gulzarilal Nanda broke through Indira… Read Article →

Perspectives on Emerging India-China strategic dynamics: Understanding OBOR; By Col. R. Hariharan VSM

CAS article no. 0001/2017 Courtesy: Chennai Centre for China Studies  Role of President Xi Jinping in reshaping China China’s desire to dominate global environment and play an increasing role in international affairs to complement its growth as global economic power is linked to its hope to create a “moderately prosperous society.”[1] The fall in China’s growth rate in the last five years has increased its urgency, not only to carry… Read Article →