R. S. Kalha

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  • R S Kalha is a former Indian Ambassador to Iraq.

    Prime Minister Modi’s Visit to China—The Myths and Realities

    Prime Minister Modi’s Visit to China—The Myths and Realities

    As the dust settles after the visit of Prime Minister Modi to China, it is time to take a calm and dispassionate look at where we stand in the context of Sino-Indian relations.

    May 25, 2015

    An Assessment of the Chinese Dream: 2015

    In November 2012, soon after the conclusion of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), President Xi Jinping put forward for the first time the idea of the ‘Chinese Dream’. In March 2013, Xi further elaborated on this concept at the closing ceremony of the First Session of the 12th National People’s Congress.

    May 2015

    Why has the Iraqi Offensive against ISIS Stalled?

    Why has the Iraqi Offensive against ISIS Stalled?

    US authorities seem to be unusually reluctant to use air power to help the Iraqi authorities and their Iranian allies in the conduct of the Tikrit offensive. Why?

    March 24, 2015

    Can ISIS be degraded and destroyed?

    Can ISIS be degraded and destroyed?

    With the US determined not to commit troops, the military defeat of ISIS, at present, is therefore neither feasible nor imminent. Neither the so-called retrained Iraqi Army, nor US air power against this powerful and motivated force will be sufficient.

    October 17, 2014

    Geo-strategic Implications of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

    Geo-strategic Implications of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

    The US sees the establishment of the AIIB as an attempt by China to pull South- East Asian countries closer to its orbit and a soft-power play that promises economic benefits while refurbishing its image among its Asian neighbours.

    October 31, 2014

    The Chinese Dream 2015: Which Way Is It Heading?

    The Chinese Dream 2015: Which Way Is It Heading?

    Xi Jinping has already recognized the inevitable by stressing that China would adjust to the ‘new normal’ of lower growth and, to ensure stability, he has already cracked down on dissent and strengthened media control measures.

    January 17, 2015

    The Return of the Americans to Iraq

    The decision to commit US military power has been camouflaged in suitably humanitarian terms to give the impression that it was an effort designed to ‘protect’ the fleeing Yazidis and other minority groups.

    August 19, 2014

    The McMahon Line: A hundred years on

    On 3rd July 1914 nearly a hundred years ago at Simla, Tibet and India signed the Simla Convention that gave birth to the McMahon Line separating Tibet from India in the eastern sector. Much is made by some that the Simla Convention was not a legal document but from the time of the Convention till 23rd January 1959, the Chinese government never officially, in any document, ever challenged the McMahon Line.

    July 03, 2014

    China 2013: One Year Rule of President Xi Jinping—An Assessment

    It is a matter of widespread belief that on assumption of supreme power, Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s overall ambition was to emerge as an iconic figure in the same league as Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. At the very outset, Xi realised this would necessitate the elimination of any political challenge and his first step was therefore to consolidate an unassailable position within the Standing Committee of the Party Politburo (PBSC). To achieve this objective, Xi chose to emulate some of the policies and methods of the late Mao Zedong, albeit with modern underpinnings.

    May 2014

    UNSC Vote on the Crimean Issue: Why did China Abstain?

    The reasons for abstention go far beyond the immediate issue at hand and are enveloped in deep Chinese strategic interests. The Chinese leadership is adamant that there can be no dilution of the concept of the principle of non-violation of the territorial integrity of nation states in the international system.

    March 21, 2014

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