Sep 19, 2011

India and China in deep water over sovereignty

An unidentified Chinese warship demanded that the INS Airavat, an amphibious assault vessel, identify itself and explain its presence in the South China Sea after it left Vietnamese waters in late July, London’s Financial Times reported. The Indian warship was completing a scheduled port ...

Sep 1, 2011

Common cause could draw India, China closer

In an unusual outburst, China has for the first time publicly blamed Pakistan for the trouble in Xinjiang province where around 20 people we killed in a flareup last week. Even as ISI chief Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha was visiting China, the state-run ...

Jul 18, 2011

India trying to woo Myanmar from China

Even as a senior Burmese diplomat in Washington has defected, Burmese prodemocracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has suggested that some people, both at home and abroad, have deceived themselves into thinking a new government has brought change to her country. Political dynamic is ...

Jun 14, 2011

Great Game in the Indian Ocean

Revelations that Pakistan has invited China to build a naval base at the strategic port of Gwadar once again underlines widespread anxiety in India and beyond about Beijing’s Indian Ocean objectives. Gwadar is a predominantly Chinese-funded commercial port about 500 km from the Strait ...

Jun 6, 2011

India finds its second wind with Afghanistan

With strategic realities in South Asia radically shifting in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s death, India’s prime minister lost no time in reaching out to Afghanistan during a recent two-day visit to Kabul, where he announced a fresh commitment of $500 million toward ...

May 2, 2011

India protects Kazakhstan stake

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Kazakhstan last month is a reminder of the Central Asian stakes for Indian foreign policy. While Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev needed legitimacy for his re-election victory that has been criticized in Western capitals, for New Delhi there ...

Mar 28, 2011

India's vexing flyover of Libya

LONDON — Along with Germany, Brazil, China and Russia, India abstained the week before last from voting on the U.N. Security Council resolution that approved a no-fly zone over Libya and authorized “all necessary measures” for protecting civilians from Moammar Gadhafi’s forces. India argued ...

Mar 16, 2011

Tale of two defense policies

LONDON — China has declared that its official defense budget for 2011 will rise by 12.7 percent from the previous year. Last year there was a lot of hoopla surrounding the fact that China had announced a mere 7.5 percent jump in defense budget. ...