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  • About Centre

    The East Asia Centre is dedicated to study and research the domestic and foreign policies of individual countries of the region as well as India’s multifaceted relationships with these countries. With respect to China, the Centre’s research foci are its foreign policy (particularly towards the US, Russia, Central Asia and Asia Pacific), domestic politics, economy, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and India’s relationship with China in all its dimensions. The Centre’s research also focuses on Taiwan, its domestic politics, Sino-Taiwanese relationship and Indo-Taiwanese relationship, Hong Kong and India-Hong Kong relations. Japan and Korea are the other major focus of the Centre, with its research focused on their domestic politics, foreign policy and comprehensive bilateral relationships with India. The geopolitics of the Asia Pacific and the Korean peninsula are also studied in the Centre. The Centre brings out the bimonthly newsletter - East Asia Monitor - on China, Japan and the Korean Peninsula.

    The Centre brings out bimonthly newsletter - East Asia Monitor - on China, Japan and the Korean Peninsula.

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    Land to Seas: The Deployment of China's Nuclear Forces

    China's deployment of nuclear forces are diversifying in an effort to achieve effective deterrence against its adversaries. Whereas the robustness of its nuclear posture might mean that it is moving away from its limited arsenal, however, its strategies and patterns of deployment indicate the PLA Rocket Forces are focused on improving its response and coordination for a seamless and rapid counter-strike, updating its strategy of deployment of missile systems to reduce its vulnerabilities in the post-missile defence nuclear environment and integrate its nuclear responses to portray an effective deterrence.

    2023

    Missile Defence and China

    China has considerably improved its missile defence capabilities which is generally thought as a way to counter the US nuclear superiority after the abolition of the ABM Treaty. However, the Chinese responses show a broader understanding that the US nuclear superiority is more than a competition to reduce the efficiency of the Chinese deterrence.

    2023

    Japan's Defence Industrial Policy Reform: Debates and Implications for International Cooperation

    Monograph

    The revised National Security Strategy makes a cogent case of Japan’s evolving character as a decisive security actor. The conversation in Tokyo demonstrates a renewed sense of urgency in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Sino-US strategic contest, and post-pandemic mainstreaming of economic security.

    2023

    Xi Jinping’s ‘Chinese Dream’: China’s Renewed Foreign and Security Policy

    • Publisher: Routledge Taylor & Francis
      2022
    The author analyses the influence of Xi’s 'Chinese Dream' on China’s foreign relations and security postures.

    Xi Jinping’s rise has led to a paradigm shift in many aspects of China’s domestic and international politics. A key element of this has been the ideological vision shorthanded as the 'Chinese Dream', combining elements of nationalism, Confucian ideology, and economic expansionism. Singh evaluates the various changes in China’s nominally communist ideology in the post-Mao era, with an emphasis on the implications for China’s economic and security relations with other countries. He particularly focusses on China’s approach to South Asia and the Indian Ocean Region, key elements of China’s strategy.

    An insightful guide to understanding the direction of China’s foreign and security policy, and especially its impact on India–China relations.

    • ISBN: 9781032375328 ,
    • Price: £84.00
    2022

    India–China Rivalry: Asymmetric No Longer: An Assessment of China’s Evolving Perceptions of India

    • Publisher: KW Publishers
      2021
    In recent years, there has been growing interest in deciphering the nature and contours of bilateral dynamics between India and China, since the contours bilateral dynamics between the two rising powers have potential implications for the evolving geopolitical order in the region and even beyond. This book is not about understanding the nature of rivalry dynamics between India and China but prominently focuses on China’s mental and emotional image of India, which has remained an underexplored dimension in contemporary scholarship.

    The aim of the book is two-fold. First, this book is an effort to analyse China’s contemporary perceptual image about India primarily through the analysis of Chinese publications on the subject. Second, this book questions the prevalent notion of characterising India-China rivalry as ‘one-sided’ or ‘asymmetric.’

    Unarguably, power asymmetry, with substantial Chinese advantage, has been a persistent characteristic of India-China relations and is likely to remain or even grow further. India, being weaker in this dyad, naturally has a greater threat perception vis-à-vis China. However, this apparent power asymmetry does not provide China with an overwhelming advantage over India.

    The book argues that India has been and continues to be a ‘strategic rival’ in Chinese perception even though it is not categorised by China as its ‘principal rival.’ In the contemporary period, as India expands its defence capabilities, extends its regional outreach and deepens its engagement with major powers, Beijing has begun to factor New Delhi into its strategic calculus even more seriously.

    • ISBN: 978-93-91490-01-0 ,
    • Price: ₹. 980/-
    • E-copy available
    2021

    India’s Stance on the ‘Asian NATO’: Between ‘Status’ and ‘Security’ Dilemmas

    ‘Security’ and ‘status’ complexities are critical impediments for any state’s foreign policy; and India is no different. This article argues that as the China threat looms large, New Delhi will not be in complete repudiation of an ‘Asian NATO’ (or “Indo-Pacific NATO”), despite strategically refraining from being party to a definitive military alliance and an age-old non-alignment principle. However, India’s support will be contingent on the future trajectory of its ties with Beijing.

    January 2022

    The KMT’s Predicament: Cross-Strait Relations and Taiwan’s Domestic Politics

    On October 6, 2020, Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan (parliament) passed two important Resolutions, moved by the main opposition party, the Kuomintang (KMT). These sought to ensure ‘US military aid in combating aggression by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’ and ‘a resumption of diplomatic relations between the US and Taiwan.’1 The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supported the Resolutions. Such a bipartisan consensus is rare in Taiwan’s deeply divided politics.

    January 2021

    The Elusive Quest for an ‘Asian NATO’

    The turn of the twenty-first century brought with it the miraculous economic rise of China in Asia and beyond; American strategy towards the region, denoted by the ‘pivot to Asia’ and acceptance of a ‘Pacific Century’ for the US,1 became increasingly China-centric. Building partnerships, forging security and commercial pacts with Asian countries and enhancing maritime presence across the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) eventually became the fulcrum of America’s Asia strategy, with mainstream strategic perception in the United States on China becoming increasingly negative.

    January 2021

    China’s Agricultural and Industrial Policies in 1971*

    The performance of the agricultural and industrial sectors during 1971 acquires an added significance as 1971 happens to be the first year of China’s ambitious Fourth Five-Year Plan. This Plan visualized new dimensions for the policies in these two basic sectors. This policy has aimed at optimum utilization of all factors of productions increasing the operational efficiency of both peasants and industrial labour through material incentives like private plots; and reinstalling technocrats in the respective industries.

    January 2021

    Partnering a Rival: The Sustenance of India’s Complex Interdependence with China, 2010-20

    While a worrying disrepair in the political-military strand of the equation between New Delhi and Beijing prevailed through the 2010s, its economic component witnessed contrasting instances of convergence.

    September 2021

    China’s Pivot to ASEAN for BRI Reboot

    Geo-political, geo-economic as well as ecological factors will increasingly impact the implementation of new BRI projects in ASEAN region.

    May 24, 2024

    The Protection of Private Data in Japan under Duress

    Two recent cases involving internal and external data breaches in leading telecom companies shine a spotlight on Japan’s policy for the protection of private user data.

    April 08, 2024

    Japan’s Engagement with Pacific Island Nations

    Japan’s diplomatic engagement with Pacific Island Countries, while substantive, has not addressed their core needs.

    March 20, 2024

    The Dynamics of the India–US–China Triad

    The manner in which the India–China–United States trilateral dynamics play out will have a significant bearing on the stability and shape of the regional and international order.

    March 20, 2024

    China–United States Science and Technology Agreement at the Crossroads

    The Biden administration’s decision to temporarily extend the 1979 Science and Technology Agreement (STA) with China by six months in August 2023 came against the backdrop of apprehensions over Chinese technology theft.

    March 08, 2024

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