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Can India be the Leader of South Asia?

Paper No. 6673                      Dated 31-Aug-2020
By Kazi Anwarul Masud (Former Secretary & Ambassador of Bangladesh.)
 
Several trends of thought are circulating in India today, prominent
among those are, whether India should be the leader of South Asia or
look inwards towards more development –both economically, culturally,
and militarily to face the growing threat of Chinese soft and hard

Indo-Vietnam Bilateral Cooperation- Strategic Dimensions

Paper No. 6671                        Dated 28-Aug-2020

By Vandana Mishra

Ever since India transformed its Look East Policy to Act East Policy (AEP), it is seen to be endeavouring to enhance its engagement with ASEAN members in particular and countries of the East and Far East in General, both at bilateral and multilateral levels. Accordingly, in pursuit of its AEP, India has advanced its bilateral engagement with Vietnam consistently in spite of several bottlenecks and ongoing tussle in the South China Sea (SCS).

Pakistan PM Imran Khan Mortgages Nation’s Future to China:

Paper No. 6668                        Dated 21-Aug-2020

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Pakistan PM Imran Khan in a riposte to Saudi Arabia’s hardened stand snub against Pakistan consequent to Pakistan Foreign Minister’s threats to the Head of OIC on Kashmir issue has post-haste despatched Foreign Minister Qureshi to China along with a public assertion that Pakistan’s future lies with China and that China too needs Pakistan.

Myanmar in the tight grip of China:

Paper No 6664                             Dated 18-Aug-2020
By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan
 
It is an open secret that Myanmar politically, economically and in the ongoing ethnic conflicts is totally beholden to China.  This is understood not only by the Civilian Government and the Army but also by the people from all walks of life in   Myanmar.
 

Myanmar: Bars Arakan Army from Panglong Conference- An Unwise Move

Paper No. 6658                              Dated 11- Aug-2020
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
On 6th of August, the Myanmar Government announced that the Arakan Army will not be invited for the next 21st Century Panglong Conference.
 
 On the other hand, it indicated that the other seven Ethnic Armed Organizations who have opted out of signing the National Cease fire agreement with the Government will be invited.
 

China’s Diabolical Political Outreach to South Asia’s ‘Non-Performing Assets’ to Isolate India

Paper No. 6656                 Dated 6-Aug-2020

By Dr Subhash Kapila

China persists in political isolation of India as evidenced from China’s last week’s efforts to entice Nepal-Pakistan –Afghanistan, strategically in my view, as South Asia’s “Non-Performing Assets” (NPA in financial terminology) to join China under cover of cooperation to fight Wuhan Vius19 Pandemic which China itself generated.

United States Belatedly Confronts Communist China's Expansionism:

Paper No. 6655            Dated 30-July-2020

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Geopolitical rivalries for mastery of the Indo Pacific Region between Communist China and the United States have spiralled down speedily in last few months with Communist China in reckless expansionist military brinkmanship defiantly pushing United States into a corner with no alternative but to embark on a ‘Major Pushback’ if not ‘Containment’ of China.

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