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Mandip Singh

Brig. Mandip Singh was Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for details profile.

China’s Military Reforms: Is All Well With the PLA?

March 09, 2016
China’s Military Reforms: Is All Well With the PLA?

If PLA doesn’t change its ‘army-centric’ character and make way for professionals with domain expertise, the higher defence organisation will continue to be weak and the reform only in name.

Port de Djibouti: China’s First Permanent Naval Base in the Indian Ocean

February 22, 2016
Port de Djibouti: China’s First Permanent Naval Base in the Indian Ocean

Hitherto, the India-China border dispute was largely a land-air contingency. Now, the PLA Navy’s presence in the IOR adds the third dimension and needs to be factored in future planning and preparations.

China Borders: Settlement and Conflicts—Selected Papers, by Neville Maxwell

October 2015

This book is a compilation of papers written by journalist Neville Maxwell over a career span of five decades. Those who look at China–India relations closely, notably the border dispute, will know that Neville Maxwell is not new to the India–China border discourse. Accredited to The Times, he was their South Asia correspondent in New Delhi during the tumultuous years from 1959–62, when he extensively covered the Indo-China War of 1962.

Samudra Manthan: Sino-Indian Rivalry in the Indo-Pacific, by C. Raja Mohan

Samudra Manthan is a book whose time has come. It brings to the table the other dimension of the Sino-Indian rivalry, which is often missed by the larger group of policymakers: the maritime and naval aspects of the relationship. Raja Mohan borrows from Indian mythology in selecting the name of this lucid and well-researched account of the emerging frontiers of Sino-Indian rivalry in the Indo-Pacific.

Chinese Intrusion into Ladakh: An Analysis

The intrusion by the Chinese Army in the Ladakh sector of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) was first reported by the media on 15 April 2013. Initial reports indicated that about 30–40 armed soldiers of the Chinese Army had set up three to four tents in the area of Depsang Bulge, south east of Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO). Subsequently, media reports indicated that the Government had accepted this intrusion to be 19 km from the LAC, inside Indian territory.

Does China Mix Business with Politics?

June 21, 2013

China maintains a twin track relationship with most countries. While its political differences are handled diplomatically it has continued to engage such nations economically.

Li Keqiang Visit to Pakistan: Assessing the Outcome

June 05, 2013

Wide-ranging agreements and proposals were signed and discussed during Li’s visit to Pakistan. The emphasis between the two countries continues to be ‘strategic’ – ‘strategic communication’ and ‘reinforcing strategic and long term planning’.

Lure your enemy onto the roof, then take away the ladder

May 13, 2013

In the context of recent Chinese assertiveness in Ladakh, it is important to not only understand Sun Tsu but possibly also to follow him.

Lessons from Somdurong Chu Incident

April 26, 2013

Incursions and incidents of escalation are not new to India-China relations. Importantly they have been successfully diffused by a combination of adroit diplomacy, ‘show of force’ and political statesmanship.

China-Russia Relations: Bonding but Can it Endure?

April 18, 2013

This issue brief looks at the growing China-Russia relationship in the backdrop of a volatile North East Asia and the US ‘rebalancing’ to Asia –Pacific. While China-Russia relations have not always been cordial, this time it’s a win-win for both-at least for the present.