If India doesn't give Central Asia the sustained attention it deserves, China will be able to claim the region as another one of its "backyards."
Harsh V Pant teaches in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London. He is also an Adjunct Fellow with the Wadhwani Chair in US-India Policy Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC. His current research is focused on Asian security issues.
For Harsh V. Pant's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is refashioning India's policy toward China, and the new stance comes none too soon.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's tour of the Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka indicates that India has at least made a good start toward tackling China's economic and strategic challenge in India's backyard.
As the Indian Parliament opens opens the budget session, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley calls for increased public investment that enables India to meet its growth ambitions.
Delhi voters appear ready to give the Aam Aadmi Party another chance after recent state elections. It testifies to the hard work that members of this anti-corruption upstart have done the past few months to reinstate confidence in their ability to deliver on commitments. ...
What India's prime minister and a lame-duck U.S. president have just accomplished again underscores how well Narendra Modi understands the workings of modern-day diplomacy and how far ahead he is of his political critics.
Indian policymakers are mistaken if they think the change of presidents in Colombo will dampen ties between China and Sri Lanka.
As India and China compete with each other for economic and political influence in South Asia, they are likely to concentrate more on their relative gains vis-à-vis each other than on the absolute gains regional cooperation could bestow.
With his latest invite to U.S. President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is signaling that the senseless anti-Americanism of the Indian polity is a thing of the past.
Just as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was trying to project himself as a global statesman recently, Pakistan decided it needed attention. So, as usual, it escalated tensions along its border with India.