Monthly Archives: February 2017

Cambodia: Hun Sen Courts Khmer-Chinese to ‘Protect Stability’; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0017/2017 We are drafting a report on Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s dinner with 5,240 members of the Khmer-Chinese and overseas Chinese community on Saturday, 4th February. This gathering, according to a spokesperson at the Chinese Embassy, was the first of its kind. At the meeting Hun Sen asked Khmer-Chinese to support further SinoCambodian cooperation through the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership of Cooperation and the Belt and Road… Read Article →

US Defense Secretary James Mattis Tones Down Rhetoric on South China Sea Dispute; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0016/2017 We request your assessment of the recent the visit by US Secretary of Defense James Mattis to South Korea and Japan. Q1. What are the implications for the South China Sea dispute? Secretary Mattis is quoted as saying there is no need for military moves. What message is the Trump Administration sending to the region? ANSWER: Secretary of Defense James Mattis’s visit to South Korea and… Read Article →

Vietnam and the South China Sea’s Roiled Waters; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0015/2017 Courtesy: Policy Forum Shining a spotlight on Vietnam’s militarisation in the Spratlys Vietnam’s military activities in the South China Sea, while not on the same scale as China’s, pre-date them considerably and are squarely aimed at maintaining a balance of power in the region. On 11 January US Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson sparked a media storm in China during his confirmation hearing when he responded… Read Article →

Military Modernization and Capacity Building in the Philippines and Vietnam; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0014/2017 Courtesy: Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Introduction This paper focuses on force modernization and capacity building in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) from the 1990s to the present. This paper is divided into five parts. Part one provides a historical background to force modernization in both countries during the period from the 1990s to around 2010 and… Read Article →

Jaishankar Effect, Extended; By Shastri Ramachandaran

CAS article no. 0013/2017 Courtesy: DNA India With Prime Minister Narendra Modi exercising his prerogative, murmurs in the MEA do not really matter.  Anticipating Prime Minister Narendra Modi can be frustrating because of his penchant for springing surprises. Combined with his mastery of event management, where even the routine is often projected as extraordinary, Modi always manages ‘impact’. Even when there is no element of surprise, everyone sits up to… Read Article →

Escalating Islamic Terrorism in Xinjiang: Warning Bells for Beijing; By Jai Kumar Verma

CAS article no. 0012/2017 Courtesy: South Asia Monitor China, which vetoed India’s efforts to blacklist Masood Azhar in the counter-terror committee of the United Nations, is itself suffering from Islamic terrorism in Xinjiang autonomous region. Azhar is the founder of UN-designated terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (J-e-M) and also owes allegiance to other terrorist outfits including Harkat-ul-Ansar and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen but China, with the ulterior motive of helping its all-weather friend Pakistan, blocked… Read Article →

China’s Northeast Revival Key Test of Supply-Side Reform; By Shastri Ramachandaran

CAS article no. 0011/2017 Courtesy: China.org.cn  China’s northeast, home to the old industrial bases for long, is on the brink of a major economic transformation. The once robust industrialized region which, over the decades, has declined to a “rust belt” is now being revived anew. And, the rejuvenation is making rapid strides as scripted in the plan for revitalization of these industrial bases. A policy document released on April 26,… Read Article →