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Chinese Foreign Minister's Visit to India on 12th August- Significant

Paper No. 6159                                Dated 12- Aug-2016
 
By Dr Subhash Kapila
 
Against the backdrop of Indian Prime Minister’s forthcoming visits to Vietnam and Laos in early September 2016 on his way to attend the G-20 Meet in China, the visit of the Chinese Foreign Minister to New Delhi on August 12 does not seem a regular dialogue, hence significant
 

China Maintains Quiet Pressure on India

Paper No. 6158                                 Dated 12 Aug 2016
 
By Bhaskar Roy
 
China continued to exert quiet but sustained pressures on India on the South China Sea issue.  Beijing wants New Delhi to endorse its position on UN the International Tribunal award on the South China Sea under the United Nations Convention on Laws of the Sea (UNCLOS).  
 

Pakistan Army’s Next Chief of Army Staff?

Paper No. 6157                                Dated 08-Aug-2016

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Pakistan Army’s current Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif is due to retire in end-November 2016 and though he had declared in January 2016 that he would not seek extension, the grapevine has gone silent thereafter leaving utter suspense.

Nepal: Oli Resigns: Dahal of CPN- MC Poised to Take Over- Update No. 336

Note No. 769                                    Date 04 Aug-2016
 
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
Maoist Chief Dahal is poised to take over as Prime Minister in place of Oli.  Till the time of writing no other leader has registered for election to the post of Prime Minister, though there were reports from the valley that the former Speaker Nembang may be put up as a candidate from the UML.
 
Oli Resigns:
 

India-China Engagement- Disturbing Divergence

Paper No. 6156                                Dated 04 Aug 2016
 
By Bhaskar Roy
 
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his tenure just over two years ago with a message of goodwill and partnership in development with India’s neighbours, including China.  Soon after, Chinese president XI Jinping made his maiden visit to India.
 

Russia-US Rapproachment- A Strategic Imperative:

Paper No. 6155                               Dated 01-Aug-2016
 
By Dr Subhash Kapila
 
Russia and United States estranged relationship impinges on global security and stability with China as a ‘revisionist power’ being the major beneficiary of this estrangement and with vested interests in sustaining this trust-deficit.
 

Turkey’s Political Turbulence Cause of Strategic Concern

Paper No. 6153                               Dated 26-Jul-2016

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Turkey’s political turbulence evidenced by the attempted military coup in recent weeks in mid-2016 raises grave strategic concerns arising from its crucial geostrategic location astride the junction of Europe and Asia.

Turkey perceptionaly stands besieged today both internally and externally as a result of its domestic politics and its foreign policy deviating from its long established Western-centric policies.

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