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#5249, 21 March 2017
Afghanistan and the Attempted Exhumation of the QCG
Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy says that the US seeks to revive the relevance of the QCG with an objective to remain in the 'lead' on the Afghan issue
#5242, 6 March 2017
East Asia Compass
US Tactical Nukes in the Korean Peninsula?

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra argues that the recent deliberations over redeployment of the US tactical nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula seem to be an act of over-doing
#5234, 13 February 2017
The Future of US-Taiwan Relations Under China's Shadow
Namrata Hasija argues that the US-Taiwan relationship under Trump remains uncertain in terms of upgradation but certain in terms of continuation.
#5230, 1 February 2017
South Korea: Two Moons and the Future of a Nation
Dr Rahul Raj provides a preliminary assessment on the two potential presidential candidates in the upcoming presidential election in South Korea
#5229, 1 February 2017
IPCS Special Commentary
CPEC: 'Third Party' Dilemma and Cracks in the Corridor

Amit Kumar argues that optimism regarding the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor might be waning, with apprehensions increasingly being voiced in China
#5228, 31 January 2017
India: Acting East after the End of the TPP
Roshan Iyer analyses the status of the RCEP and argues that India's attractive market can be an asset only if it strategically leverages it to its benefit
#5226, 29 January 2017
IPCS Discussion
'Faith, Unity, Discipline: The ISI of Pakistan'

Sarral Sharma reports on the proceedings of the discussion held on 18 January 2017
#5221, 10 January 2017
East Asia Compass
Japan-China Contestation in 2017

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra reviews the Tokyo-Beijing bilateral and identifies the potential trajectory the relationship in 2017
#5215, 31 December 2016
The Strategist
Perils of Nuclear Paranoia

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar says that if armed hostilities, for the initiator, has little to do with both conventional and military, it raises the prospect that balance may be skewed against gravity
#5205, 15 December 2016
Xi as "Core Leader": Re-emergence of Strongman Politics?
Tapan Bhardwaj examines Xi Jingping's power within the Communist Party and the implications of the same 
#5204, 14 December 2016
China's Belt and Road Initiative: Should India be Concerned?
Dr Anand Kumar discusses how the OBOR Initiative in Pakistan and Bangladesh can be advantageous for India
#5202, 12 December 2016
Eagle Eye
Paradigm Shift or Business As Usual: Trump’s China Policy

Prof Chintamani Mahapatra looks at what explains Beijing’s modest response to Trump’s phone conversation with the Taiwanese president
#5199, 5 December 2016
US Policy Orientation
Donald Trump and East Asia

Dr Sandip Mishra examines the details of Trump’s contradictory campaign promises vis-à-vis the East Asian region
#5195, 29 November 2016
Modi’s China Policy: Between Rhetoric and Reality
Niharika Tagotra assesses and identifies the key characteristics of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies vis-a-vis China
#5188, 22 November 2016
Countering China: India's Uncertain Response
Harry Roberts analyses India's reaction to China's growing strategic clout in Asia
#5180, 15 November 2016
US Policy Orientation
Donald Trump and China: A Contest for Primacy

Prof Srikanth Kondapalli remarks on the president-elect's isolationist tendencies and why China might be concerned
  
News
Commentary: Not a "Chinese Century," but a less Westernized world
People's Daily, 1 January 2015
BEIJING, Jan. 1 -- As the world marches into 2015, the international landscape augurs just another year of what history wonks refer to as Pax Americana. A "Chinese Century" foreseen by Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz and many others has...

China standardizes procurement for more transparency
People's Daily, 1 January 2015
BEIJING, Dec. 31 -- The State Council, China's cabinet, announced on Wednesday new regulations under the Government Procurement Law to induce transparency and promote fair competition. The regulations were reviewed and passed at an executive...

China will be more proactive in reinforcing ties with neighbors: diplomat
People's Daily, 1 January 2015
BEIJING, Dec. 31 -- China will be even more proactive in pursuing a friendly and good-neighborly policy toward its neighboring countries in the new year, Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jianchao said here Wednesday. Liu said in an interview...

President Xi stresses more reform, rule of law in New Year address
People's Daily, 1 January 2015
BEIJING, Dec. 31- Chinese President Xi Jinping underscored the need to continue efforts to advance reform and rule of law in 2015 in his New Year speech on Wednesday, comparing them to "a bird's two wings". The president told domestic...

Why does Japan harp on about China's military exercises?
China Daily, 31 December 2014
The Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army has been carrying out a large-scale military exercise in the sea area of the Western Pacific since December 4. Japan has dispatched its naval vessels to track, scout and molest the Chinese...

Commentary: China's economic growth far from losing momentum
People's Daily, 31 December 2014
BEIJING, Dec. 31 -- China's recent economic data signaling slower growth have led some observers to warn of possible distress after more than three decades of breathtaking, double-digit growth. There are many signs of fatigue, they say, pointing...

Human rights no excuse to pressure DPRK
China Daily, 31 December 2014
Despite opposition from China and Russia, the 15-member United Nations Security Council has for the first time cleared a discussion on the human rights record of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Although a binding resolution is unlikely...

More and less at year-end
China Daily, 31 December 2014
There are a thousand ways to do good things. And there are always difficult choices to be made when conflicting needs are involved. Several cities in the country have installed quota control mechanisms to limit automobile ownership...

The recovery of the US economy is a challenge for emerging economies
People's Daily, 30 December 2014
It is reported that US GDP in the third quarter rose by an annualized rate of 5%, the fastest rate of growth recorded since 2011. The rebound is above expectations - a 5% increase is historically unusual, especially for an economy as big as the US.

Commentary: Future Iran nuclear talks need to be based on compromise, trust
People's Daily, 30 December 2014
CAIRO, Dec. 30 -- For decades, Iran's controversial nuclear program has gotten on the nerves of the Western capitals. The latest seven-month talks extension between Tehran and the world powers have once again reminded the international community how...

Issue Briefs, Special Reports, Research Papers
IPCS Forecast 2016
Special Report 182
China in Afghanistan: Balancing Power Projection and Minimal Intervention
Hugo Chn
Special Report 179
Contemporary Taiwan: Domestic Politics, External Relations and India’s Interests
Ranjit Gupta
Issue Brief 260
China’s Dams & Regional Security Implications
Dhanasree Jayaram
Issue Brief 259
Charting Global Transitions
IPCS Annual 2015
Special Report 178
IPCS Forecasts: The Indian Ocean in 2015
Vijay Sakhuja
Special Report 167
The Indo-Pacific  & the Indo-US Relations: Geopolitics of Cooperation
Shreya Upadhyay
Issue Brief 256
Caught in the India-China Rivalry: Policy Options for Nepal
Pramod Jaiswal
Issue Brief 249
China, Indian Ocean & the Nuclear Deterrence: The Destabilizing Effect
Sahil Mathur
Issue Brief 245
The Maritime Great Game: India, China, US & the Indian Ocean
IPCS Special Focus
Special Report 150
China and the ADIZ
IPCS Special Focus
Special Report 148
Inside China: Third Party Plenum, November 2013
Jayadeva Ranade
Issue Brief 243
The Russian Pivot to Asia Pacific
Baladas Ghoshal
Issue Brief 242
India & China: Looking Beyond Border Incursions & Li Keqiang's Visit
Jayadeva Ranade
Issue Brief 241
China and its Peripheries: Limited Objectives in Bhutan
Tilak Jha
Issue Brief 233
China and its Peripheries: Securing Nepal in South Asia
Jigme Yeshe Lama
Issue Brief 232
China and its Peripheries: Contentious Relations with North Korea
Ranjit Kumar Dhawan
Issue Brief 231
Towards a New Asian Security Architecture?: India and Japan
Rajaram Panda
Issue Brief 223
books
Military Confidence-Building and India-China Relations
Fighting Distrust

Dipankar Banerjee and Jabin T Jacob (Eds.)
New Delhi: Pentagon Press, India
Book reviews
Vice Admiral (retd) Vijay Shankar reviews
A Grope for Strategic Direction
 
 

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