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Samarkand SCO | Significance of the Modi-Xi non-meeting

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Samarkand SCO | Significance of the Modi-Xi non-meeting

If India chose not to request a meeting, or turned down a request for one with Xi Jinping, then this is a fairly explicit declaration of the direction of India’s relationship with China given that there is an extremely high likelihood Xi will return to power for a third term as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China in October

Lessons for India from Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit

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Lessons for India from Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit

Speculation whether China would attack Taiwan sidesteps the question of what India’s own thinking is about security issues beyond its immediate neighbourhood, and especially its plans and options if China were indeed to attack Taiwan

Wang Yi In India | No substantial outcome, but China has exploited the visit to its advantage

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Wang Yi In India | No substantial outcome, but China has exploited the visit to its advantage

The Indian government has allowed the Chinese envoy to grandstand and sell China’s narratives to the rest of the world which are all the more effective for it having come in India, ostensibly an adversarial forum 

Wang Yi in India: Whither India’s muscular foreign policy?

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Wang Yi in India: Whither India’s muscular foreign policy?

New Delhi continues to under-utilise the opportunity to revise and reset its China policy that the Chinese transgressions in eastern Ladakh provided nearly two years ago. Instead of reacting directly and punitively, politically and militarily, the Indian government has kept its sharpest responses limited to the economic front 

Sino-Russia Ties: Intimacy can breed complications

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Sino-Russia Ties: Intimacy can breed complications

Russian economic dependency might be a drag on China since it might not exactly be easy for Beijing to convert this to advantages elsewhere. Having refused so far to directly criticise Russia, China can find its space for manoeuvre limited by still greater expectations from Moscow 

How Russia-Ukraine crisis works in China’s favour

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How Russia-Ukraine crisis works in China’s favour

Given China’s tendency to privilege naked self-interest over principles in its international affairs, seeking advantages from the crisis created by the Russian invasion of Ukraine comes naturally 

India must beware of China’s reassurances

BUSINESS

India must beware of China’s reassurances

Always expressing optimism about the India-China relationship no matter what the circumstances is something of a standard operating procedure for Chinese interlocutors 

India’s China policy in 2021 has been a failure

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India’s China policy in 2021 has been a failure

Instead of responding in kind to China’s actions since Galwan, the Indian government seems to have allowed itself to be taken in by Chinese propaganda and its sabre-rattling 

India-China Ties | Is New Delhi finally calling out Beijing for its bad behaviour?

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India-China Ties | Is New Delhi finally calling out Beijing for its bad behaviour?

A major change in tone and tenor in New Delhi’s response to China’s activities across India’s borders is evident, especially if one compares the latest Ministry of External Affairs statement with one from just a year ago

Does China really have the upper hand in Afghanistan?

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Does China really have the upper hand in Afghanistan?

No one should get carried away by China’s apparent victory by default in the Afghanistan context 

Xi Jinping in Tibet — Part 2: Implications for India

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Xi Jinping in Tibet — Part 2: Implications for India

China’s civilian infrastructure build-up in TAR or Xinjiang is almost always seen in India as being also of military use, as indeed they could be. But their other uses must not be ignored 

Xi Jinping in Tibet — Part 1: China’s quest for greater control

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Xi Jinping in Tibet — Part 1: China’s quest for greater control

When it comes to development on the Tibetan plateau, Xi Jinping has ambitions to stand out from China’s previous leaders 

India’s vaccine diplomacy failure and its foreign policy implications

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India’s vaccine diplomacy failure and its foreign policy implications

One can foresee a long period ahead in which Indian embassies will spend time recovering lost ground about being a reliable supplier of vaccines, and about public health and safety, to name just a few concerns — forget about being a rising power

China’s vaccine diplomacy bears closer watching

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China’s vaccine diplomacy bears closer watching

Beijing’s insistence on China-made vaccines is a symptom of the simultaneously narrow worldview and siege mentality of the Communist Party of China 

India must no longer wait for China to change its behaviour

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India must no longer wait for China to change its behaviour

A firm, punitive Indian military response towards China for the events of 2020 is necessary to delay, if not reduce, the possibility that the Chinese will try anything new again at the LAC

Foreign Affairs | Two missteps in Joe Biden’s China agenda that require repair

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Foreign Affairs | Two missteps in Joe Biden’s China agenda that require repair

The incoming Joe Biden administration’s use of the expression ‘Asia-Pacific’ instead of ‘Indo-Pacific’ signals a lack of commitment to the initiatives and concerns of allies, such as India and Japan, despite Biden’s talk of taking them along

LAC Stand-off | Let’s not talk to China for the sake of talking 

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LAC Stand-off | Let’s not talk to China for the sake of talking 

Talks with China should be limited to and led by military commanders under political supervision with staff support from Indian foreign ministry officials, if necessary

Needed: Clearer communication on the Galwan face-off

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Needed: Clearer communication on the Galwan face-off

The government can do better in conveying its positions and against an adversary that has the well-oiled propaganda apparatus and diplomatic presence and resources across the world.

A Chinese elephant in the India-Nepal room

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A Chinese elephant in the India-Nepal room

To keep Nepal on its side is in India’s interests, especially in the face of a rising Chinese presence in South Asia. This presence is not just economic and military, but increasingly involves strong political commitment

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