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India’s ‘Look East’ and ‘Act East’ Policies Reviewed 2016

Paper No. 6057                                   Dated 18-Jan-2016

By Dr Subhash Kapila

India’s ‘Look East ‘Policy was impelled by economic and political imperatives whereas India’s ‘Act East ‘Policy was impelled by India’s strategic imperatives to establish its strategic footprints in South East Asia, a region where India has had established its footprints centuries back and where China has been muscling-in its way for decades.

China: Personality Cult Growing around Xi Jinping?

Paper No. 6047                                  Dated 14-Dec-2015

By D. S. Rajan

As the end of the third year of China’s top leader Xi Jinping’s ascension to power approaches and a new year is to usher in,   one does not fail to see the regularly appearing evidence pointing towards not so concealed efforts to boost the image of the already all powerful leader, touching all key fields like ideology, politics, economy and military.

South China Sea Dominates ASEAN Summit & East Asia Summit November 2015 Proceedings Analysed

Paper No. 6039                                Dated 25-Nov-2015

By Dr Subhash Kapila

South China Sea and China’s intractability on resolution of its South China Sea disputes with its ASEAN disputants found China strategically cornered with the dominating focus of global and regional leaders expressing deep concerns at these two important Summits held in Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur over the weekend with China still noticeably obdurate and clinging to its aggressive stand.

Book Review

Paper No. 6023                                              Dated 19-Oct-2015

By D. S. Rajan

China:  Confucius in the Shadows – Poonam Surie

(KW Publishers Pvt Ltd, New Delhi, India; Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi, India, 2015, pp 262, Rs 980/-)

Russia’s Strategic Pivot to the Middle East 2015

Paper No. 6021                                      Dated 12-Oct-2015

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Russia’s strategic pivot to the Middle East in 2015 manifested by the Russian military intervention in Syria arises not only from Russian imperatives to bolster President Asaad’s regime in Syria but also that Russia’s strategic pivot to Asia Pacific  declared in 2012 failed to take off primarily due to China complicating the Russian initiative primarily focused on Japan.

Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP): Responses from China and options for India

Paper No. 6020                                  Dated 12-Oct-2015

Guest Column by Prof. B. R. Deepak

TPP is a trade agreement with 12 Pacific Rim countries that has been signed on 5 October 2015 in secrecy after 5 years marathon negotiations but still subject to ratification by the member states.

China: What Xi Jinping may tell the UNGA

Paper No. 6012                                     Dated 24-Sept-2015

By Bhaskar Roy

One of China’s leading official newspapers, the Global Times (Sept 22), gave a hint on some important points that President Xi Jinping may expound on, in his speech to the UN General Assembly next week.  The report gave brief glimpses of a Position Paper prepared by leading Chinese experts for Xi’s address.

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