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 ...

Mar 29, 2010

'Chimerica' hits the skids

LONDON — The idea of “Chimerica” was always too good to be true, but the rapidity with which Sino-U.S. ties have unraveled over the past few months has even surprised those who were cynical about Barack Obama’s overtures to China to begin with. The ...

Mar 15, 2010

Tamer-looking defense budget may mask China's real buildup

LONDON — After nearly two decades of double-digit increases in its military budget, China announced a mere 7.5 percent jump in its defense budget this year. It was the first time since the 1980s that China’s defense spending had increased by a single-digit percentage. ...

Mar 1, 2010

Isolated India is bad news

LONDON — It would be an understatement to suggest that Indian diplomacy faced a major setback at the Afghanistan Conference in London. India was humiliated and its concerns were summarily ignored. In one stroke, Pakistan rendered New Delhi irrelevant in the evolving security dynamic ...

Feb 12, 2010

Many in denial over China's quest for bases

LONDON — For a long time, Chinese foreign-policy thinkers and the political establishment have been trying to convince the world that China’s rise is peaceful, that China has no expansionist intentions and that China will be a different kind of great power. What’s striking ...

Feb 2, 2010

India's quick-strike doctrine causes flutter

LONDON — Recently the Indian Army chief, Gen. Deepak Kapoor, drew attention when he suggested at a training command seminar that India is preparing for a “two-front” war with Pakistan and China as it brings its war-fighting doctrine in sync with emerging scenarios to ...

Dec 21, 2009

Renewed dialogue welcome, but talks alone won't win peace

LONDON — Speculation has been building up on the Subcontinent that dialogue between India and Pakistan is about to restart. Last month Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir that if Pakistan showed “sincerity and good faith,” ...

Dec 7, 2009

India lags behind security threat

LONDON — It’s been a year since Pakistan-based militants struck the Indian financial capital of Mumbai, killing 163 people and creating panic among the city’s populace. The attacks drew comparisons with the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States. Indian public outrage accompanied ...