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Chinese Premier Li keqiang's forthcoming visit to India- Hold your Bets!

Paper No. 5494                                       Dated 17-May-2013

by Bhaskar Roy

From acute rancour for three weeks since a Chinese army battalion pitched tents at Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) on April 15, it is now spring in the relations between India and China.

China: Enigmatic Military Modernization Programme

 

Paper no. 5487                                       Dated 09-May-2013

By D. S. Rajan    

“Building strong national defense and powerful armed forces that are commensurate with China's international standing and meet the needs of its security and development interests is a strategic task of China's modernization drive.”

India-China Border Dispute

Paper No. 5469                                     Dated 23-Apr-2013

By B. Raman

(To be read in continuation of my article of November 6, 2012, titled “Chinese Checkers” carried by “Outlook” in its online edition at http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?282899)

Kim Jong-Un: Chinese Concerns & Caution

 

Paper No. 5457                                        Dated 11-Apr-2013

By B. Raman

As Kim Jong-Un of North Korea, who completes one year as First Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea on April 11, 2013, uses North Korea’s power of escalatory rhetoric to threaten the region with the danger of a nuclear war if its demands are not met, there is increasing nervousness not only among North Korea’s perceived adversaries such as the US, South Korea and Japan, but also in its traditional friend next door, namely, China.

Continuing Ferment in Tibetan Areas of China

 

Paper No. 5454                                        Dated 09-Apr-2013

By B. Raman

The anti-Han and anti-Beijing ferment, marked by endless self-immolations of freedom-loving Tibetans---monks and others, young and old, men and women---- continues in the Tibetan areas of China.

2. There have already been 114 self-immolations so far---the majority in the Tibetan areas of Sichuan, where the self-immolations started in 2009 following Chinese suppression of the monks of the Kirti monastery.

Need for Caution on Space-Related Academic Exchanges with China

Paper No. 5449                                        Dated 04-April-2013

By B. Raman

According to a report carried by “The Hindu” of April 4, 2013, “the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), a Government-run research university known for its work on China’s space programme, signed on April 3 a first of its kind Memorandum of  Understanding (MOU) with Karnataka-based Manipal University paving the way for closer collaboration on joint research projects.”

United States: Strategic Blunders in East Asia

Paper no. 5447                                        Dated 04-Apr-2013

By Dr. Subhash Kapila

East Asia has figured high in the United States strategic calculus ever since the end of the Second World War. Right till China made a strategic swing away from the former Soviet Union, the Eastern littoral of Asia resting on the Western Pacific presented a solid shield of Communist States allied to Russia namely China and Vietnam.

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