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  • As Dragon flexes muscle, the Rising Sun goes defensive

    China’s rise has become a matter of concern throughout Asia and led to changes in the strategic postures of its neighbours. Japan has begun to rethink its own defence strategy and security policy in response to China’s military modernization.

    September 09, 2010

    Fruits of Antony’s visit to South Korea: Defence Ties Strengthen further

    Converging interests between India and South Korea is leading them to position themselves to work closely in the emerging Asian security architecture.

    September 07, 2010

    China’s High Risk India Gamble

    Indian decision makers played down the problems in the India-China relationship for the past decade in the expectation that deepening engagement would influence attitudes at the top level in China and thereby enable hardened positions to soften.

    September 03, 2010

    China’s Denial of Visa to the Indian General: Not So Incomprehensible

    The various diplomatic rows and even the border problem are symptoms of the larger problems that exist between India and China – the competition for status, influence and power.

    August 30, 2010

    Pentagon Report on China: Assessment or Exaggeration?

    Even though the report is fairly cautious in what it says and does not highlight anything new, the reactions on the Chinese side have not been that positive.

    August 26, 2010

    Indonesia and the challenge of Papuan separatism

    Many Papuans prefer to internationalise their plight and seek a third party to settle the issue as they do not trust the Jakarta elites and Indonesians in general.

    August 25, 2010

    Explaining ceaseless jihadism and jihadi violence in Indonesia

    This commentary attempts to answer the question as to why the flow of jihadis is unending despite tough measures being undertaken by Jakarta, on its own or in collaboration with its regional and international partners.

    August 24, 2010

    Towards Indo-Japan nuclear agreement: Prospects and Challenges

    The urge to sign a nuclear agreement with India is driven by Japan’s entrepreneurial interest and by the new emphasis on technology exports as a part of economic growth strategy.

    August 24, 2010

    Indonesia’s New Foreign Policy - ‘Thousand friends- zero enemy’

    Indonesia is trying to gain the leadership position in Southeast Asia through constructive and cooperative gestures and balanced bargaining between major powers.

    August 23, 2010

    Industrial and Environmental Disasters inside the Global Giant: Is something wrong with the Chinese development model?

    The present reality of industrial and environmental disasters in China calls for a reality check about India blindly copying the Chinese development model.

    August 20, 2010