Oct 13, 2007

Democracies' double standard

NEW DELHI — The repression let loose by Burma’s (Myanmar) military junta has fittingly drawn international outrage. But the indignation and new wave of U.S.-led sanctions also obscure an inconvenient truth: Promotion of freedom has become a diplomatic instrument to target not China — ...

Sep 27, 2007

Hype on nuclear power is misleading

NEW DELHI — Talk of a “global nuclear renaissance” remains just that — all talk. Notwithstanding the strong public relations campaign by the nuclear power industry and its powerful lobbying groups, nuclear energy is hardly the answer to the twin challenges of carbon mitigation ...

Aug 16, 2007

Japan, India: natural allies

NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, weakened by a mortifying defeat in Upper House elections, will address the Indian Parliament later this month. This is an honor that U.S. President George W. Bush and Chinese President Hu Jintao did not get during their ...

Jul 19, 2007

'Quad Initiative': an inharmonious concert of democracies

NEW DELHI — The newly launched Australia-India-Japan-U.S. “Quadrilateral Initiative” has raised China’s hackles, but its direction is still undecided owing to differing perceptions within the group over what its aims and objectives ought to be. The quad, whose real architect is Prime Minister Shinzo ...

Jun 26, 2007

China aims for bigger share of South Asia's water lifeline

NEW DELHI — Sharpening Asian competition over energy resources, driven in part by high growth rates in gross domestic product and in part by mercantilist attempts to lock up supplies, has obscured another danger: Water shortages in much of Asia are beginning to threaten ...

Jun 7, 2007

Playing the new Great Game in Asia and beyond

NEW DELHI — A nifty new enterprise to discuss security dangers in the Asia-Pacific and evolve a coordinated approach — the Quadrilateral Initiative — has kicked off with an unpublicized first meeting. U.S., Japanese, Indian and Australian officials, at the rank of assistant secretary ...

Mar 1, 2007

Musharraf moves to stay

NEW DELHI — The fight against international terrorism is very much tied to the future of Pakistan and the central challenge that country faces: to move away from militarism, extremism and fundamentalism, and toward a stable, moderate state. That’s what makes Pakistani military ruler ...

Feb 9, 2007

India's vulnerability bared

NEW DELHI — Whatever may have been China’s motivation, its Jan. 11 anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon test is bound to have lasting global impact like no other military event in recent years. Three issues stand out on the surprise test: Beijing’s ingrained opacity, which prevented ...

Dec 14, 2006

Japan-India partnership key to bolstering stability in Asia

NEW DELHI — Japan and India are natural allies because they have no conflict of strategic interests and actually share common goals to build stability, power equilibrium and institutionalized multilateral cooperation in Asia. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Tokyo this week offers ...

Nov 9, 2006

Engaging India to contain it

NEW DELHI — Managed competition is likely to define the relationship between the two demographic titans, India and China, in the years ahead, even as they seek to expand bilateral cooperation. Chinese President Hu Jintao will be received warmly when he arrives in New ...