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  • Is Japan ready to shun the Peace Constitution?

    While the DPJ is not averse to the idea of revising the constitution, an unfavourable domestic situation and adverse reactions from neighbours are likely to force the Hatoyama government to limit the exercise to a debate.

    May 19, 2010

    Kim Jong-Il’s China Visit, Cheonan, Future of SPT and China’s Role

    The Cheonan incident came at a very inopportune time for North Korea, irrespective of the fact whether Pyongyang had any hand in it or not.

    May 11, 2010

    Thailand’s Recurrent ‘Colour’ Protests

    The central question is whether democracy or semi-democracy should be subordinated to the personal ambitions of a few leaders like Thaksin or should the rule of law prevail.

    April 12, 2010

    Google China ‘Warfare’: Turning a non issue to win-win strategy

    If freedom of expression was the issue then other American internet service companies like Microsoft and Yahoo! should have also exited China along with Google.

    April 05, 2010

    As China prepares for post-Dalai Lama Tibet, what is India to do with the Tibetan Exiles?

    While China has shown eagerness for the Dalai Lama’s return to China, it has categorically refused to take back the exiled Tibetan population based in India.

    March 25, 2010

    Testing Times for the Japan-US Alliance: “Secret Pact” Revealed

    Notwithstanding revelations about the secret nuclear pact, the Japan-US alliance is likely to remain strong and the East Asian security order will continue to be determined by the American presence

    March 16, 2010

    Japan unveils existence of a secret nuke pact with the US

    The disclosure of this agreement is aimed at scoring political points as well as addressing the discontent among the nuclear allergic Japanese who want adherence to the non-nuclear principles in letter and sprit.

    March 16, 2010

    The 51st Anniversary of the Tibetan Struggle: What is the future?

    China has to accept that the long term solution to Tibetan discontent lies in granting greater autonomy to Tibetans instead of pursuing assimilation oriented policies.

    March 12, 2010

    Contradictory Tendencies in the India-China Relationship: Does it help the bilateral relationship?

    Contradictions in India-China relations provide the rationale for greater engagement exactly like it has done in the case of US-China relations.

    March 10, 2010

    Hatoyama Battles to Wrest Control Power from the Bureaucrats

    With Hatoyama’s determination to wrest policymaking power from bureaucrats in full swing, Japan is likely to witness an intense battle between the political masters and the powerful bureaucrats for supremacy.

    March 02, 2010