Thursday, September 19, 2019

Surplus During Trade War

There's something odd about reports in the Western media that China's economy is in...

On A Mission

Kenji Hiramatsu is reckoned the hardest working ambassador Japan has sent to India. Now...

China’s ‘Base’ Hunt

In the next few years, expect China's overseas military bases to expand, in the...

Relocation Woes For Industries

Industries moving out of China are not coming to India, preferring Vietnam and Cambodia,...

Weather, The Saviour

The Vietnamese seem confident that the standoff with China in the South China Sea...

Dealing With China

Vietnam has dealt with China for thousands of years and has developed considerable insight...

Craving For Land

Former Indian high commissioner to Pakistan G. Parthasarathy had an interesting anecdote to share...

Going Slow On 5G?

Is India deliberately going slow in announcing the trial dates for 5G equipment? Telecom...

China’s Nuclear ‘Mating’?

There's a buzz in sections of the international strategic community that China is "mating"...

Buy One, Get One Free!

In his first media interaction after becoming External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar delivered his...

Withdrawal Symptoms?

Could Arvind Subramanian be suffering from "withdrawal symptoms"? Some of his economist friends...

Hunt For Rare Earth

Critical components in the U.S. military's arsenal of conventional and nuclear weapons are made...

Interesting Times For MEA

These are interesting times for the Ministry of External Affairs with former foreign secretary...

Afghanistan Upset With India?

Afghan officials are deeply disappointed that President Ashraf Ghani wasn't invited for PM Modi’s second swearing-in. While...

Snubbed Twice Over

No invite to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan for the swearing-in of India's Prime...

Tweet, Call, Then Meet?

So the ice has been broken. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called up PM...

Sweating It Out

Giving interviews under the sun in the middle of  a hot Indian summer can...

AIDS Test For Visa?

If you’re a top Indian industrialist, you’d probably assume that getting a visa to...

Yet(i) To Be Seen

It isn’t very often that official Twitter handles give cause for mirth, steeped as...

Chinese Recast Possible?

China lacks a "cosmopolitan culture" which is critical if it seeks to displace the...

Mission Old Practice

It's curious why the Indian foreign office has never sent a Sikh as high...

Ironing Out Trade Creases

Check this out: India's biggest trading partners are the U.S., China, the EU and...

Ties Fuelled By Oil

The Pakistanis are worried about the growing convergence in relations between Saudi Arabia and...

Behind UAE’s Aid Offer

When the UAE offered $100 mn in aid to flood-stricken Kerala last year, it...

Military Talk Possible?

This idea has been mooted before, of a dialogue between the Indian and Pakistani...

The Aerial Route

India may be striving hard for land connectivity with the doubly land-locked Central Asian...

Learning The Hard Way

India needs to harden its government and people to the consequences and casualties of...

United Korea: Far Cry

Who wants the reunification of the Korean Peninsula? The joke is barring India nobody...

Iraqis For Indian Treatment

This may not be widely known but of the thousands of foreign nationals seeking...

U.S. Troops In Iraq

There may be as many as 2000 foreign (read American) "advisers" in Iraq. They...

‘Mission’ Security Check

It was a ‘spooky’ experience for Indian invitees headed for the Pakistan National Day...

India’s Africa Outreach

India's continuing outreach to the African nations saw the government organising the14th CII-EXIM Bank...

Karma Cola

Sex and politics have always gone together but it has been largely unknown in...

‘Constructive’, Not Critical

The average Chinese journalist is an 'incurious' individual, according to Indian and Western academics...

Expansionist Xinhua

All over the world, newsrooms are shrinking as wire services and media houses cut...

Concessional Detour?

When the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to India and Pakistan...

Chinese Trade Juggle

India's annual trade deficit with China is $62 billion and Beijing has promised to...

The BRI Power Route

The Belt & Road Initiative is like no other project in the world. Monstrous...

The Digital Race

Today's digital economy is all about Disruptors, Followers and Laggards. Big corporations and engineering...

5G Field Trials Coming

India is struggling to realise 4G internet speed even as the Department of Telecom...

Reschedule Hitch

There seems to be some problem with the manner in which India goes about...

With Trump’s Support

Saudi Crown Prince Salman appears to have weathered the storm over the murder of...

Delayed Chandrayaan-2 Mission

India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission to the Moon should have taken off in January 2019 but never...

Port Development Helps OBOR

China is relying heavily on port development as part of its One Belt One...

African Nations Turn To China

Japan charges a measly 0.04% interest on the loans it makes to foreign countries. ...

A Different General?

A retired Indian army general who has served on UN peacekeeping missions, recalled a...

Driving A Hard Bargain

Chinese trade negotiators are regarded as among the world's toughest. Indian officials who have...

Taiwan Trouble

Taiwan suffered another diplomatic setback late last year when Bangladesh shut down the Taipei...

Step Towards Afghan Peace?

Some of the buzz at the recently concluded Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi was...

U.S.-Russia To Partner?

Could the U.S. and Russia get together on Afghanistan? On the face of it,...

Politician Who Loves To Turn Chef

It isn’t just in the electoral field where Sheikh Hasina has recently cooked up...

Gwadar not so strategic?

There is a view among some analysts of China's maritime strategy in the Indian...

Pipeline economics

Reports about China's plan for an oil pipeline from Gwadar to Kashgar in Xinjiang,...

Not so Chinese after all

Credit to the Chinese for appropriating an idea thought up elsewhere. The Belt &...

South Block’s Huawei Dilemma

The ban in the US and Europe over Chinese investment in 5G mobile services...

China’s ‘Spy’ App?

Heard of UCBrowser? It's a Chinese app used by an estimated 400 million young...

Chinese ‘Hand’ In Indian Tech

There's a curious lack of debate in India over Chinese investment in Indian technology...

Is Africa Going The ‘Pakistan Way’?

Some African scholars recently in Delhi tried to answer the question why so many...

China’s investment in Africa

China has capitalised on Africa's hunger for infrastructure to steal a political and strategic...

UN’s Preoccupation With Africa

Remember the Nigerian General Olusegun Obasanjo, who was president from 1999 to 2007. He...

More Than A Free Lunch!

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj played host to a large number of journalists at...

The ‘Royal’ Peepul Tree

A seedling planted 58 years ago in the lawns of the Japanese embassy in...

35 Strategic Partners

To all those baffled by India's strategic partnerships, here's adding to the puzzle. At...

Getting Mallya Back

Indian diplomats who have served in Europe believe there's a good chance of fugitive...

After Dalai Lama, Who?

Rumours about a successor to the Dalai Lama has been doing the rounds for...

China’s Protest Trouble

China's late great helmsman Chairman Mao saw the exodus of Tibetans to India as...

‘Early Harvest’

Ahead of the visit of China's foreign minister Wang Yi to Delhi later this...

Where Kerala’s doctors love to go

Would you like to venture a guess on the name of the country to...

‘My India, My Mozambique’

Mozambique’s minister for foreign affairs and cooperation José Pacheco’s lecture at the Indian Council...

Travel Time = G-20 Visit Duration!

Diplomacy can be demanding at times not merely due to the hard-nosed bargaining that's...

Concerted Diplomacy

Diplomacy may be their primary vocation but some foreign diplomats serving in New Delhi...

Merciless Oppression

Xinjiang is under duress, is the verdict of recent visitors to that region. Mosques...

Forced to Conform

“All nationalities shall embrace tightly like little pomegranate seeds,” posters in English and Mandarin...

Foreigners, Keep A Distance!

Foreign tourists visiting Urumqi, Kashgar and other cities in Xinjiang are warned about fraternising...

Scrambling for Credit

Who has stolen whose thunder? This seems to be the big question as India...

China’s Weaponry

According to an assessment by some agencies, China has the capability to make from...

Friendship Amid Hostilities

Friends who stand by you in times of trouble are always remembered. So amidst...

Seven Good Enough?

Tiny Bhutan has many suitors. Japan and Australia want to open embassies in Thimphu....

War Cry Or Poll Bugle?

Could Bangladesh go to war with its Myanmar? Unthinkable as it may appear, many...

Secretariat Trouble

Some diplomats posted in Dhaka where the BIMSTEC Secretariat is located have a grouse....

Blessings Postponed

A golden statue of Garuda which is the national emblem of Thailand, and used...

Xi, Trump To Visit?

There's a low-key buzz in government circles in New Delhi about the possibility of...

Outsiders Unwelcome

Here's a reality check on the Shinzo Abe-Narendra Modi bonhomie. Japan wants qualified IT...

Salesman Diplomacy!

An Indian diplomat who served in a senior position in the embassy in Tehran...

Bid To Stem Tech Leak?

On the sidelines of Narendra Modi's Japan visit, and with an eye cocked on...

Japan’s Sub Tech

This may not be widely known but the Japanese are highly regarded in naval...

Trump And NATO

Here's something on Donald Trump from someone who has worked closely with him. Contrary...

Prime Minister’s Gift To Abe

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Japan for the annual India-Japan Summit, he...

China Maritime Strategy

China's naval literature provides interesting clues to its maritime strategy. A reading of some...

China’s Port Focus

Here's another side to China's naval activity. The Chinese, it seems, see Gwadar in...

Tough Logistics For Dragon

The Indian Ocean may present the greatest logistical challenges for China. This is because...

No Visa For Pak Filmmaker

Cricketing ties have not been the only casualty of the rift in India-Pakistan ties....

India’s Next China Envoy

Vikram Misri, currently India’s Ambassador to Myanmar will succeed Gautam Bambawale in Beijing by...

Indian Ocean: China At Sea?

Fifth century Chinese strategist Sun Tzu maybe turning in his grave over the PLA...

Congo, Cobalt And China

Did you know that 80 per cent of the world's supply of Cobalt comes...

Second Military Adviser

The revamp of the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) is continuing apace. After redesignation...

Religion For Convenience

China is officially atheist but has 300 million practising Buddhists. Other religions including Taoism,...

Brexit Brew

As the March 29, 2019 deadline for Brexit approaches, some diplomats in India and...

Like President, Like Minister

As Vladimir Putin wound up his 24-hour visit to New Delhi, a word about...

Celebrating Gay Verdict

The British High Commission was the venue for an evening of celebration on Thursday...

‘Mission Possible’ For Kazakh Troops

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, currently on a tour of Central Asian Republics, was in...

Cold War Legacy

Here's a caveat to the Narendra Modi-Shinzo Abe bonding over high-speed rail and the...

Slow Progress On Duqm

Oman's defence minister visited India and left and the word is a lot of...

Trouble For CPEC?

Is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in trouble? Pakistan People’s Party leader and senator...

India Bhutan Relations

With Bhutan and India celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic...

Zambia Next in China Debt Trap?

Did you know that Zambia's state-owned electricity network is in China's hands? It's the...

Trump’s Trade War

An Indian delegation recently in Washington DC was briefed on Donald Trump's trade war...

India pushing back?

The Maldives election result is the first indication that India maybe pushing back, seeking...

The Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government are pulling...

The Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government are pulling out all stops in what...

France is investing in the “next generation” of Indians.

France is investing in the "next generation" of Indians. Basically this is about increasing...

The BIMSTEC military drill and conclave of Army Chiefs….

The BIMSTEC military drill and conclave of Army Chiefs from these countries may have...

Normally, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) ….

Normally, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) keeps the foreign defence attaches posted in...

Australia to kick off festival….

On September 18, Australia will kick off a six-month-long festival showcasing Australian culture and creativity...

The Bangladeshi High Commission, in New Delhi, has a...

The Bangladeshi High Commission, located in New Delhi’s swish diplomatic area of Chanakyapuri, has...

India, curiously, has the same position as China

India, curiously, has the same position as China, when it comes to freedom of...

The overtly military profile of the Quad….

The overtly military profile of the Quad and its anti-China slant is one reason...

India is pushing hard….

India is pushing hard for changing the rules of admission of the Indian Ocean...

Ashley Tellis has…

Ashley Tellis has been a favourite of the U.S. strategic establishment for many years,...

Different countries have…

Different countries have different arrangements for posting their defence attaches for accreditation to India...

Contrary to our popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not...

There are many variations of passages of Lorem Ipsum available is that it has...

The twice-postponed…

The twice-postponed 2+2 talks not only upset official schedule of ministers and bureaucrats but...

Bollywood Addict

Bollywood is a phenomenon that’s transcended boundaries, cultures, languages and much more. And among...

China Denies Visa

Chinese visas are normally not difficult to get, especially for Indian think-tanks and journalists...

Birthday Record Of Sorts

At a well-attended reception hosted in New Delhi on July 6 to celebrate the...

Leveraging Bollywood Power

It’s about time India began using Bollywood’s popularity abroad more actively and effectively as...

China’s ‘Watertight’ Approach

The source of four mighty rivers—the Indus, Brahmaputra, Salween and Mekong—is in China-controlled Tibet....

Space Decisions Rushed?

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s decision to launch Chandrayaan-2 on July 22 has stirred...

Wrong Name?

Coming back to India for a holiday, a (now retired) senior Indian diplomat was...

Diplomat Meets RSS Chief

German ambassador Walter J Lindner’s visit to the RSS headquarters in Nagpur and his...