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  • China should not use water as a threat multiplier

    Water may not become a catalyst for a direct conflict, but China could leverage Tibet’s water as a politico-military tool vis-à-vis other riparian states. As the economies of India and China grow, both are bound to treat water as a strategic commodity.

    October 23, 2009

    China’s Experiments with Weather Modification: A Cause for Concern

    Weather patterns in a neighbouring state can be affected by experiments conducted on own territory. China needs to clear suspicions that have been aroused by its weather modification actions.

    October 12, 2009

    Space Technology and Soft-Power: A Chinese Lesson for India

    India should engage space have-nots at a different level, going beyond technological and commercial interests.

    October 05, 2009

    Give Me More: The People’s Republic of China (PRC) Turns 60

    Indian insurgent groups are re-establishing camps in Bhutan and are also forging links with Bhutanese rebel groups.

    September 30, 2009

    Sixty Years of The People’s Republic of China

    Once an exporter of Chinese style Communism and isolated internationally, today’s China is the mainstay of the capitalist world exporting a large quantity of what the world imports.

    September 23, 2009

    Pakistan’s Travails and China’s Aggressiveness

    The aggressive posture that the Chinese have adopted along the otherwise relatively tranquil Line of Actual Control (LOAC) has come under a lot of analytical examination by Indian Sinologists. They have advanced a number of explanations for the Chinese actions, all of which have a ring of truth about them.

    September 23, 2009

    What do Chinese intrusions across the Line of Actual Control Tell India?

    A number of Chinese border intrusions across the Line of Actual Control have been reported in recent months. One such event near Mount Gya in the Chumar sector of Ladakh saw Chinese troops intruding 1.5 kilometres inside Indian territory and writing “China” on the rocks with red paint. The intrusion was first noticed by an Indian patrol team on July 31, 2009. An earlier incident of Chinese intrusion in this area reportedly took place on June 21st, when two Chinese M1 helicopters violated the Indian airspace and air dropped canned food at Chumar.

    September 10, 2009

    Outlook for the Seventies: Strategic and Technological

    So far the Chinese have carried out ten nuclear tests which include one underground test, one test of a nuclear-tipped missile and three thermo-nuclear tests. In other words, the Chinese are on a comprehensive weapons programme, which will give them thermo-nuclear warheads from the megaton range down to small yield nuclear weapons of a few kiloton range and even fractional kiloton range. They are now engaged in improving the compactness of their warheads.

    September 2009

    Leadership, Factional Politics and China's Civil-Military Dynamics: Post-17th Party Congress Patterns

    This article highlights the changing dynamics of relations between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the People's Liberation Army under the current leadership. While the military in China still remains politically loyal to the Communist Party, specification of the role of the military in the Chinese Constitution, generational changes in the CCP, factional politics, and relative depoliticization of the military are some of the factors suggesting a 'bifurcation' between the party and the military.

    September 2009

    Securing the Sea Frontier: China's Pursuit of Sovereignty Claims in the South China Sea

    China’s maritime territorial claims, and its diplomatic and military measures to attain them, have caused much regional concern in recent years. The expansive maritime sovereignty claims of China in the South China Sea flow from three key goals: the completion of its incomplete nationalist project of territorial consolidation and unifying the state; the desire to control the contested maritime periphery; and the garnering of sea-based resources such as oil and gas that have assumed critical importance for fuelling the economy of a rapidly modernising China.

    April 2005

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