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China: 18th Party Congress - Change of Guards, But no Change in Policy

Paper no. 5313                                           Dated 27-Nov-2012

By D. S. Rajan

It is undeniable that the transfer of power to the fifth generation leadership at the 18th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) (Beijing, 8-15 November 2012) has been smooth and orderly; especially the rule providing for retirement of cadres above the age of 68 has been adhered to.

“US Can’t Squeeze China out of Myanmar”

Paper No. 5310                                              Dated 25-Nov-2012

By B. Raman

That was the message that China sought to convey to President Barack Obama as he completed his eight-hour visit to Yangon (Rangoon) on November 19, 2012, during which he met President Thein Sein and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and addressed the students of the Rangoon University.

Aung San Suu Kyi's Visit to India: Some Observations from a Burmese Exile

Paper No. 5309        Dated 23-Nov-2012

Guest Colum by Dr. Tint Swe

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s India visit was essentially an impetus for the next phase of developing India-Burma relations. The relation is diplomatically termed excellent by both governments of two nations. But Indian media did not fail to make headlines such as “I was saddened that India had moved away from us: Suu Kyi.”

MYANMAR: Obama’s Visit – Was it Significant, Symbolic or just a Diplomatic Exercise?

Paper No. 5308                                    Dated 23-Nov-2012

By C.S. Kuppuswamy

“It (Obama’s visit) is certainly not long overdue, nor is it premature. The US has been a good friend to the movement for democracy in Burma. Whatever they are doing they are doing with the intention of promoting democracy, rather than endorsing any particular regime” – Aung San Suu Kyi

Glimpses into China’s Foreign Policy

Paper No. 5305                                     Dated 22-Nov-2012

By Bhaskar Roy

The 18th congress of the Chinese Communist Party(CCP) mapped out the skeletal structure of China’s foreign policy.  Outgoing CCP General secretary Hu Jintao in his political report (Nov.08) to the Congress expressed willingness to cooperate, but was also emphatic that not an inch will be given to outside pressures where China’s sovereignty, security and development interests were involved.

Obama in Myanmar: The Reality & the Mirage

Paper No. 5302                                          Dated 19-Nov-2012

By.B.Raman

Myanmar- Suu Kyi's visit to India

Paper No. 5301                                           19-Nov-2012                     

By C. S. Kuppuswamy

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visited India from 13-18 November 2012. During the visit, in New Delhi, she met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Vice president Hamid Ansari, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Minister for External Affairs Salman Kurshid, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and speaker of Lok Sabha Meira Kumar. 

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