China's South Asia policy

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  • Pandemics and Power Narratives: The Rashomon Effect

    China has faced international condemnation and domestic unrest over its manipulation of information relating to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

    April 03, 2020

    Xi’s Nepal Visit Reveals a Grander Chinese Himalayan Approach

    President Xi’s Kathmandu visit sets a new parameter for the China-Nepal ties, moving away from the traditional interstate relations based on simple bilateral modes of engagement. Beijing seems to be orchestrating a Himalayan approach in its relations with Kathmandu – revealing a grander Chinese policy in making.

    November 04, 2019

    China’s Continuing Rare Earth Dominance

    Given China’s stated policy of using its rare earth dominance for strategic purposes, countries have been looking for ways to diversify their sources of supply. India too needs to acquire expertise in valorising rare earth minerals and shift to developing its downstream sector.

    September 27, 2019

    Sangita asked: How can India balance the growing Chinese influence in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka?

    Rup Narayan Das replies: Economic engagement in terms of trade, commerce and investment between two sovereign countries is always normal and legitimate, and no third country should have any qualms about it. Like apple and orange, it would be unfair to compare China’s economic engagement with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar with that of India. China’s gross domestic product (GDP) is roughly five times that of India and it also has a robust reserve of foreign exchange, which it is investing through its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

    Deciphering China’s Submarine Deployments in the Indian Ocean Region

    Deciphering China’s Submarine Deployments in the Indian Ocean Region

    Indian Navy must focus fresh attention on the challenge posed by the Pakistan-China maritime nexus in the Western Indian Ocean.

    July 08, 2015

    Decoding China’s Military Strategy White Paper: Assessing the Maritime Implications

    Decoding China’s Military Strategy White Paper: Assessing the Maritime Implications

    China’s new military strategy as it applies to the Indian Ocean is not a matter of a minor shift in the balance of maritime power, but one that impacts India’s capacity and will to impose a deterrent cost.

    June 02, 2015

    China’s Leadership Change and Its Tibet Policy

    Two new factors have appeared on the Tibetan political scene after the recent leadership change in China. First, the ‘spiritualisation’ of politics: paradoxically, the atheist Chinese Communist Party (CCP), also known as The Communist Party of China (CPC) seems increasingly interested in ‘spiritual’ matters. The CCP has started promoting reincarnated Lamas, known in China as ‘Living Buddhas’, in a big way. The purpose is to prepare for the post-Dalai Lama era. The second new development is the emergence of a ‘Tibet Gang’.

    September 2013

    Change of Guard in China: The Context and the Actors

    Due to circumstances prevailing inside and outside China, a lot is expected from the new leaders and thus this leadership change is a vastly important process for China and for the world.

    November 12, 2012

    Now China may play spoiler to TAPI

    The timing of the proposal for the new Turkmen-Afghan-China pipeline is intriguing, setting off speculation about whether it was being conceived to stymie TAPI or is part of China’s strategy to guard against any extra-regional influence in Central Asia.

    July 31, 2012

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