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United States Should not be Strategically Diverted from Asia Pacific 2016

Paper No. 6183                                   Dated 12-Oct-2016

By Dr Subhash Kapila

The United States stood strategically distracted from Asia Pacific in the last decade resulting in China’s unimpeded militarisation of the South China Sea and the emergence of China as a maritime power—both impinging on stability and credibility of US security architecture.

Chinese President to Probe Bangladesh

Paper No. 6182                                Dated 10-Oct-2016

By Bhaskar Roy             

Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to pay an official visit to Bangladesh on October 14.  Obviously the red carpet will be rolled out for him in Dhaka. 

China Saves Pakistani Terrorist Again

Paper No. 6180                                      Dated 06-Oct-2016

By Bhaskar Roy

China announced (Oct 01) that it has extended by another three months the “technical hold” on India’s listing of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JEM) chief, Masood Azhar as an international terrorist in the 1267 Committee of the United Nations.

BRICS Summit October 2016 in India against Soured Background

Paper No. 6178                                Dated 03-Oct-2016

By Dr Subhash Kapila

The 8th BRICS Summit is being hosted by India in Goa on October 15-16 2016 ordinarily would have passed off as an eventful diplomatic event, but it now takes place against a soured background due to adverse strategic postures against India by its member-nations in2016.

Russia’s Unfriendly Political Signalling to India on Pakistan

Paper No. 6173                                    Dated 26-Sept-2016

By Dr. Subhash Kapila

Russia’s promiscuous relationship with Pakistan while at the same time professing enduring commitment to its long-standing ‘Special Strategic Partnership’ with India should no longer fool India. Contextually, Russian troops landing in Pakistan for joint exercises with Pakistan Army is an unfriendly act against India.

China’s Mythification as Superpower by United States Fades

Paper No. 6167                                     Dated 08-Sept-2016

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Perceptionaly, United States mythification of China as a potential Superpower seems to have lasted as long as China confined itself to use of ‘Soft Power’ strategies to gain influence in Asia Pacific. The switch to ‘Hard Power’ under President Xi Jinping from 2012 signalled the end of America’s ‘China Dream’.

Myanmar and China – Is Daw Suu Kyi The Pivot?

Paper No. 6165                                Dated 29-Aug-2016

By Bhaskar Roy

Myanmar’s State Counsellor and head of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has just concluded a five- day (Aug 17-21) official visit to China at the invitation of Chinese premier Li Keqiang.  She was accorded the protocol of a visiting prime minister of a country that the Chinese leaders see not only as being of economic importance but also of great strategic interest.

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