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  • Swati asked: What role does China play in the EU energy security, keeping in view their current involvement in the UK nuclear energy sector?

    Nandakumar Janardhanan replies: China has the highest number of upcoming nuclear reactors (including planned and proposed) in the world, and a flourishing nuclear industry which is set to be the largest nuclear energy equipment and service provider to the ‘existing and emerging’ nuclear power countries.

    China’s vulnerability to terrorism behind its support for Azhar ban

    It is neither the Wuhan spirit nor India’s zero tolerance on terrorism but China’s own vulnerability to terror that caused Beijing to ultimately take on board New Delhi’s concerns on terrorism.

    May 06, 2019

    Mahesh Belavi asked: How is Taiwan geo-strategically important to China?

    Raviprasad Narayanan replies: Taiwan is geo-strategically located with the South China Sea on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other side. As a geo-political asset, the control of Taiwan will give China access to the broad sweep of the Pacific and the littoral. The Pacific Ocean is known for being the backwater of the United States. Japan being quiescent and defensive about its past suits China most.

    Pranav Bharadwaj asked: Why is One-China policy so important to PRC?

    Prashant Kumar Singh replies: One China policy is a cardinal principle of the People's Republic of China (PRC). This policy means that there is only one China and Taiwan is a part of it, and it is PRC alone that represents China or, in other words, the entire Chinese nation. It does not recognise the existence of the Republic of China (ROC), which otherwise continues to exist in the island of Taiwan. This policy is a legacy of Chinese Civil War, which was fought between the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Kuomintang (KMT).

    Mahesh Belavi asked: What kind of advantages India has over China when it comes to engaging the African countries?

    Anand Kumar replies: India and China excel in different areas while engaging the African countries. China is better placed in terms of funding infrastructure development which it is doing at a massive scale in the continent. Africa has a major deficit of infrastructure and Chinese are presently trying to fill this gap, though questions have been raised about the costing of these projects. In view of limited options, Africa has been relying on Chinese companies to build their infrastructure.

    China’s Big Push for Solar Energy

    China has managed to establish an edge in solar energy manufacturing and technology, and any shift in its solar policy is likely to affect countries looking to increase their solar energy capacity.

    December 31, 2018

    Xi Jinping’s Politics and What it Means for India

    There is a need to close the perception gap in India’s assessment of the state of Chinese politics, to distinguish between transformation and conflict, and respond accordingly.

    December 20, 2018

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