Sep 7, 2010

Rise of China prods India-South Korea ties

LONDON — Indian Defense Minister A.K. Anthony was visiting South Korea last week at the invitation of his South Korean counterpart to boost defense cooperation between the two states. His visit comes two months after the Indian external affairs minister visited Seoul. After ignoring ...

Aug 17, 2010

U.K.-India relationship in transformation

LONDON — By any measure, British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent visit to India has turned out to be a transformative one. In one stroke, he has redefined the parameters of the Indo-British partnership for the 21st century. The Conservative Party has been clear ...

Aug 3, 2010

Indian influence founders in Afghanistan

LONDON — When Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna underscored the folly of making a distinction “between good Taliban and bad Taliban” at the Afghanistan Conference in London earlier this year, he was completely out of sync with the larger mood at the conference. ...

Jul 23, 2010

India ignoring Washington as it woos Iran

LONDON — India and Iran have decided to give new direction to their bilateral ties that have been dormant for some time now. Ever since the United States and India started to transform their relationship by changing the global nuclear order to accommodate India, ...

Jun 29, 2010

China and India competing over Sri Lanka

LONDON — The recent visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to New Delhi appeared successful. India and Sri Lanka signed a range of agreements including loans for major infrastructure projects, sharing of electricity and cultural exchanges. India has extended a $200 million credit ...

Jun 19, 2010

U.S. and India must move beyond symbolism

LONDON — The United States held its first ever strategic dialogue with India early June. It covered a whole gamut of issues including high technology trade, science and technology cooperation, civil nuclear cooperation, human resource development and security issues. U.S. President Barack Obama attended ...

May 17, 2010

India-China competition dims hopes for regional cooperation

LONDON — Established in 1985, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) had its 16th summit meeting in Thimpu, Bhutan, late last month. Apart from the fact that Bhutan hosted its first SAARC summit, there was hardly anything that inspired confidence in this ...

May 8, 2010

Diffident India won't get U.S., Chinese respect

LONDON — Recently, India engaged with two major powers — China and the United States — at the highest levels. Both are vital states insofar as Indian national security interests are concerned. What is equally important to recognize is that India is also a ...