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China Studies’ Coming of Age Story in Taiwan and A few Pointers for India

In her 2006 Report on China Studies in India, Madhavi Thampi pointed out that there is a lack of depth and rigour in China centric research within India1. Much does not seem to have changed as she noted the similar observation in her Janua....

Japan’s Economic and Geo-Strategic Interests in Myanmar

Japan and Myanmar established diplomatic relations in 1954. The Japan-Burma Peace Treaty and Agreement on Reparations and Economic Cooperation, 1954 laid the foundations for economic cooperation. The two countries refer to the historical friendly rel....

Blinken’s India Visit: Taking Strategic Partnership to the “Next Level”

The just concluded visit of the US Secretary of State Blinken to India merits keen scrutiny coming as it has on the cusps of regional developments in Afghanistan, global pandemic management, forthcoming meetings on the Indo Pacific and a host of ongo....

Afghan Lives Matter: Part 1- Role of Pakistan and her Emerging Dilemma

(This article is Part 1 of two parts’ series; second part will be on the Taliban role and what to expect from them and what does one make of the chorus of voices one sees in favour of Taliban and why any such outreach will take us nowhere.) ....

Xi Jinping Visit to Tibet is Important and has Implications for India

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) at Nyingchi’s Mainling Airport on July 21 at the start of a two-day (July 21-23) visit, without prior public notice. The visit, which comes shortly before the 70th anniversar....

War, Olympics and Nationalism

Finally the Tokyo Olympics 2020 are off to a grand start with a spectacular show of opening ceremony that lasted for three hours as the grandest show on earth that the human history has ever seen. Since then the event has been a centerpiece of televi....

Recognizing the Rise of the Private Military Contractors

“The disjunction between the seriousness of international politics and the triviality of international relations theory is quite startling.”
—Professor R. B. J. Walker
Despite the current intern....

Japan’s Defence White Paper 2021: China Riled by Mention of Taiwan Strait

On 13 July 2021, Japan issued the 2021 Defense White Paper. One significant mention for the first time is the need to maintain stability in the Taiwan Strait, which is threatened by increasing Chinese military incursions on the Taiwanese waters. The ....

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