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China Game For RCEP But Will India Play Ball?

Short of spelling it out in black and white, a China trade specialist gave every indication that his country intends to push hard on...

China’s UN Bid Will Fail: World’s Eyes Are On Hong Kong, Not Kashmir

China is finding that it is running out of both friends and options when it comes to dealing with Hong Kong. The over three-month-long crisis which...

With Changes To J&K, India Not Raising New Territorial Claims, China Told

As the Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi raised the K-word in Beijing during talks with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar, the latter set the...

In China’s Reaction On Kashmir, A Sobering Thought For Pakistan

At around 27 degrees celsius, Beijing is a lot more comfortable than Delhi at 32 degrees (although not many in the Indian capital may...

‘China Trying To Destroy Tibetan Buddhism By Deciding The Next Dalai Lama’

https://www.youtube.com/embed/cUJSJOZgvWs To China’s propagandists pushing the line that atheist Beijing is the true arbiter of Tibetan Buddhism, here’s a counter from none other than Lobsang...

‘China’s Military Hasn’t Fought A War Since 1979 But Is A Highly Capable War Machine’

China's recent military white paper has come after a gap, suggesting that the process of modernisation launched so many years ago is still in...

On Maritime Spat With China, Vietnam Seeks India’s Backing

With the confrontation between Chinese and Vietnamese naval vessels in the disputed South China Sea showing no signs of abating, Hanoi wants New Delhi...
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We Are Considering Buying Defence Equipment Made In India: Vietnamese envoy

India-Vietnam ties are not just robust but have been on an upward trajectory, an important pointer to this being the growing defence ties. It’s...

When China, An Atheist State, Wants To Decide A Reincarnation

There is delicious irony when an officially atheist state gets involved in affairs of religion: the case in point is China and its concern...
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We Have Sovereign Rights Over Our Waters In South China Sea: Vietnamese Envoy

Temperatures are on the boil in the maritime domain both in the South China Sea as well as the Sea of Japan that lies...

Vietnam For Peaceful Resolution Of Maritime Disputes With China, Says Envoy

Amid yet another round of sparring between Vietnam and China in the resource-rich South China Sea, Vietnamese ambassador to India Pham Sanh Chau has...

As Hong Kong Protests Continue, Is China Game For Strong-Arm Tactics?

Hong Kong is on the edge. What began in June as public and peaceful demonstrations against a bill that would have allowed extradition to...
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“No Chinese Military Presence In Maldives, But There Is Interdependence In Development, Security”

Major General Abdulla Shamaal, the Maldivian Chief of Defence Force, has made his second official visit to India. He met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh,...

BRI Money Could Have Been Spent Better Elsewhere: Chinese Professor

What is the China narrative on BRI, on Pakistan or the South China Sea (SCS)? SNI caught up in Delhi with Prof. Zhu Feng...

Indo-Pacific, China Buzzwords At Japan-America-India Meet

The growing salience of the Indo-Pacific construct and the threats posed to the region’s peace and security by China came to the fore at...

No Forward Movement On India’s NSG Membership; China Still Opposed

There are some who would credit the “Wuhan Spirit” with eventually persuading China to see reason on the issue of Masood Azhar. If this...

Behind Xi Jinping’s Historic Visit To North Korea

China’s President Xi Jinping is back in Beijing after two days of confabulations with North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un. “At the very least, he would...

Rush Job: Did Xi Jinping Overplay His Hand on Hong Kong?

At the height of the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing 30 years ago when the People’s Liberation Army cracked down on its own people,...

Jaishankar Spells Out India’s Foreign Policy Priorities In His Maiden Address

A week since his swearing in as India’s second career diplomat turned External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar pulled no punches while describing the country’s...

Create A Ripple If There’s None: Chinese Tack In South China Sea

NEW DELHI: When was the last time China mentioned the “Nine Dash Line”, that set of lines on a map whereby it claimed all...

Hope India Makes Independent Decision On 5G: Huawei India Chief

“We hope the Indian Government will treat all foreign investments fairly and justly and provide a level playing field to all investments. We also...

China’s Cyber-Superpower Strategy: Can India And Australia Spoil The Party?

While India continues to blow-hot, blow-cold over allowing Chinese techno-giant Huawei to provide 5G networks in this country, other countries are becoming increasingly alarmed...

Keeping China At Bay, Post-Article 370 Abrogation

In 2017, China was flying high. Economy firing on cylinders. Booming growth. CPEC and BRI taking off. Grand military parades in Tiananmen. Impending superpower....
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‘The Students Talked Of Freedom Without Realising What It Meant’

The 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square uprising and massacre is being observed today on June 4. Three decades ago, protests by students and...
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‘Chinese Had To Smuggle Gorbachev Into The Great Hall Of The People Building Through The Back Door’: Shivshankar Menon

Former foreign secretary and National Security Adviser (NSA) Shivshankar Menon was a diplomat posted with the Indian embassy in Beijing, living barely a kilometre-and-half away from Tiananmen Square when...

AIIB: After BRI, Is The Development Bank Another Bid To Push Chinese Hegemony?

At a time when the global suspicion about Beijing’s global ambitions is rising, China-backed initiatives such as the BRI and more recently the Asian...

Why Donald Trump Is Subjugating Multilateralism With Trade Muscle-Flexing

Global markets lost more than a trillion dollars in stock values overnight, a clear sign, if any more was needed, that Donald Trump and...

China Trying To Suffocate Us: Taiwanese Envoy Hits Out

Taiwan's usually reticent and publicity-shy ambassador emerged in a new avatar on Friday morning while briefing the media at a New Delhi hotel. The...
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‘China Would Not Have Changed Its Stance On Masood Azhar Without Pakistan’s Nod’

Speaking to SNI Opinion Editor Ashwin Ahmad, Jayadeva Ranade, director of the Centre for China Analysis and Strategy, believes that China’s ‘grudging’ change in...

Under Intense Global Scrutiny, Will Pakistan Act Against Masood Azhar?

Facing heat from the international community to act against terrorists operating from its soil and within hours of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar’s designation...
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‘Pakistan, China Exposed; Masood Azhar’s Listing More Than Symbolic’

American and western pressure is one of the key reasons for China letting JeM chief Masood Azhar be blacklisted as a terrorist at the...

As Masood Azhar Declared Global Terrorist, Pak Seeks Cold Comfort In Semantics

In a huge diplomatic win for India, the UN Security Council has designated Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, the man said to be responsible...
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After 10 years, China Lifts Hold, Azhar Designated Global Terrorist

As SNI Editor-in-Chief Nitin Gokhale reported on April 29, the UN Security Council has labelled JeM Chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist.

JeM A ‘Family Enterprise’: How India Made Sure China Buckled On Masood Azhar

It lasted 10 years but the wait has ended, finally. China has given up its resistance to the United Nations Security Council designating JeM...
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The UNSC Committee That Blacklisted Masood Azhar

What Is The UN Security Council 1267 Sanctions Committee? SNI explains the history, who all have been blacklisted and what the global terrorist tag...
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China To Let Masood Azhar, Not Pakistan, Get Terror Tag

SNI Editor-in-Chief Nitin Gokhale has returned from Beijing after reporting on the second Belt and Road Forum. In this conversation with Deputy Editor Parul...

Chinese Climbdown On Terror Tag For Masood Azhar Likely This Week

China is likely to announce its decision to lift the technical hold it placed on designating Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) founder Masood Azhar as an international...

China Corruption Crackdown: Footfalls Drop At Plush Hotels, Bars

One discernible difference in hotels and restaurants in Beijing is the visible drop in clientele. During past visits, one had noticed restaurants and upmarket...
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‘China’s ‘Special Court’ Judges Allowing BRI Projects That Impact India’s Security’

Speaking to SNI’s Opinion Editor Ashwin Ahmad, Madhumita Kothari, Advocate and Managing Partner of Juris International, believes the eight Chinese judges appointed to the...
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In Xi Jinping’s BRF Address, A Trade Silver Lining For India

Extensive consultations, joint contributions and shared benefits—three key phrases used by Chinese President Xi Jinping in his inaugural address to the second Belt and...
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Dash Of Chinese Culture, Business Meetings At BRF; India, United States To Boycott Event

At least 40 heads of state/governments will be in attendance as Chinese President Xi Jinping officially unveils the second Belt and Road Forum in...

To Allay Fears About BRI, China Willing To Tweak Norms?

As leaders from 40 big and small countries, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, converge on Beijing on Friday to be part of the second...
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After India, United States Boycotts Second Belt And Road Forum

At least 40 heads of state/governments will be in attendance as Chinese President Xi Jinping officially unveils the second Belt and Road Forum in...

To Spread The Word About BRI, China Creating Web Of News Think Tanks

Physical connectivity to create a modern day silk road is the ostensible objective of China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Simultaneously, China is...

Belt And Road Forum: Security Implications And Long-Term Threats

Dubbed as the ‘Chinese Marshall Plan’, China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is being closely watched by policymakers and strategists in India. And...
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Excitement Buzz In Run-Up To Second Belt And Road Forum

Less than 24 hours before the inauguration of the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, there's palpable excitement and a sense of anticipation...

China Keeping Expectations Low On Belt And Road Forum

Considering that China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), earlier known as One Belt One Road, is President Xi Jingping’s signature project, one expected large...
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Belt And Road Forum: Strategic Implications And Geopolitics

SNI's Editor-in-chief Nitin Gokhale will be bringing all the updates from the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.

The Story Of BRI So Far—Loose Belt And Bumpy Road

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), dubbed the “Project of the Century”, evokes sharp reactions, divided opinions and polarised views. The divide is clear—for...
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Chinese Strategic Squeeze Or Connectivity Miracle?

Ahead of China's second Belt and Road summit in Beijing, SNI Editor Surya Gangadharan speaks to prof Madhu Bhalla and Jayadeva Ranade on its...

Amid Cyber Espionage Concerns, Will India Let Huawei In?

This story is not apocryphal; it actually happened in New Delhi's Pragati Maidan some three Diwali seasons ago. Hundreds of Chinese traders, merchants, retailers...

Choosing The Next Dalai Lama: Chinese Checkers Over Reincarnation

Two recent developments have stirred the pot regarding the succession to the current Dalai Lama. On March 20, media reports quoted His Holiness as...

China Think Tank Advises Caution On ‘Iron Brother’ Pakistan, Warns Of Pitfalls In South Asia

Any official disquiet in Beijing about the reliability of an unstable ally like Pakistan is carefully concealed. Not so it would appear in sections...

Reintegrate Gilgit-Baltistan With India, Demands Activist

In remarks that will stir up a hornet’s nest within the Pakistani establishment, a prominent activist from Gilgit-Baltistan has demanded that the region be...

How China Has Stalled Negotiations On UN Security Council Reforms

The tweet said it all. “Big, Small & Many…1 big state holds upon, again….1 small signal @UN against terror….”. Shortly after China blocked the...

‘China May Have Felt The Need To Hold Pakistan’s Hand’

China's decision to continue blocking the listing of Masood Azhar as a UN-designated  terrorist may not have surprised officials here in New Delhi. In...

UN Resolution On Masood Azhar Blocked: What Are India’s Options?

China is not yet ready to abandon its all-weather ally Pakistan. By putting a technical hold on India’s attempt at listing Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood...
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‘India Must Remain Transactional With China For Results On Masood Azhar’

Although disappointed with China’s continuing intransigence on Masood Azhar, India’s former Ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale feels India should stay the course and even...

Fresh Bid At Listing Masood Azhar As Global Terrorist: Will China Change Stand?

Nine days before Adil Ahmad Dar blew himself up while attacking the CRPF convoy at Pulwama, he had probably heard an audio message from...

India Must Continue To Realise The Value Of Its Tibet Card

When India’s Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru welcomed the Dalai Lama in 1959, offering him and other Tibetans asylum, in order to preserve Tibetan...

A Popular Revolt Suppressed In Blood

The origin of the Tibetan luni-solar calendar, composed of either 12 or 13 lunar months, each beginning and ending with a new moon, is...

How China’s Mandarin Language Media Sees Kashmir And The Listing Of Masood Azhar As A Global Terrorist

Ever heard of Huanqiu.com or m.guancha.cn?  The first is the Mandarin version of China's English language Global Times newspaper. The latter is a Mandarin language...

Can China Save The INF Treaty; Will It?

This year’s Munich Security Conference, 55th in the series which ended last weekend, was notable for the divisions on display: between the U.S. and...

China’s Labour Unrest And Anti-Government Protests: Should Xi Worry?

The twin effects of American trade war and domestic economic slowdown have begun to create a churn in the Chinese society. There were 1795...

India Must Match China’s Economic, Military Might To Forge Reciprocity In Ties

The other day Lt Gen. VK Singh, India's Minister of State for External Affairs, made a candid assessment about policy towards China. He said:...

The Chinese Slowdown And Its Implications

The resilience and attendant growth of both China and India, especially after the financial crisis, has been the subject of much attention. Both are...
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PLA Is Modernising, But Is It Battle-ready?

Restructuring and modernisation of the People’s Liberation Army has been an ongoing discussion point for some years now. Every now and then, some aspect...

The Tug Of War Across The Straits

Recent speeches and actions across the Taiwan Straits are ruffling several feathers in the Indo-Pacific region. Seven decades of separation (after a brief civil...

In Absence Of Formal Application, Visa To Karmapa Not Issued Yet

The controversy over the “non return” to India of the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje has taken a new turn. In an address to...

Why The Kyaukphyu Port Project Could Land Myanmar In China’s Debt Trap

In November 2018, Myanmar and China’s state-owned China International Trust Investment Corporation or CITIC Group Corporation Ltd, signed a framework agreement for the Kyaukphyu...
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‘Indo-Pacific And Quad Are Ways To Balance China’

Is the Indo-Pacific strategy to check China working? What about the Quad? Is it evolving or paralysed by conflicting strategic interests of its members?...

At Least 8 Chinese Naval Ships In The Northern Part Of Indian Ocean At All Times, Says Navy Chief

The Chinese navy is a force and it is a force that is here to stay. This was a remark made by Admiral Sunil...
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Quad Is For Military Cooperation, Not Meant To Fight Anyone: Japanese Admiral

It was a packed hall on Wednesday that heard a discussion in which the top military brass of the Quad countries (India, Australia, US,...

India Fears China Can Put It To Military Use

India, perhaps for the first time, has voiced its concerns about the possibility of projects under China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) being...

Post Wuhan, Prospects For Resolving The India-China Territorial Dispute Have Increased

After the meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China’s President Xi Jinping at Wuhan in April this year, prospects for the resolution...

Wuhan Spirit: India, China Hold First Ever High-Level Cultural Meet To Strengthen People-To-People Ties

Remember Wuhan, Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping's informal summit in April this year? There was a lot of that ‘Wuhan Spirit’ in Delhi on...

China Taking Extreme Steps To Suppress Uighurs: U.S.

Repression of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province of China will only lead to further problems, the U.S. government has said. Noting that China is a...

No Alliance Will Deal With India’s China Problem: Former NSA

There are no external existential threats to India, says Shivshankar Menon, former National Security Adviser during the UPA years, but he warned that "we...

$75 Bn Currency Swap Deal, ‘2+2’ As Modi Wraps Up Japan Visit

After doing a Modi on Narendra Modi by inviting him to his villa outside Tokyo on Sunday followed by lessons in chopstick culture, Japan's...

Ahead Of Modi Visit, Japan’s Pivot To China

The growing closeness of India’s relations with Japan were on display when Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday kicked off a two-day visit, starting...

Why China Is Pushing The Envelope In The Indian Ocean Region

Have China's President Xi Jinping and his advisers shown poor judgement and strategic vision by aggressively deploying their navy first in the South China...
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Lama Politics And Possible Implications For India

Sometime next month, Dharmshala will play host to an important congregation of Tibetan religious heads whose main agenda, reportedly, is to find an answer...

China’s Military Modernisation And Ramifications For India

It is a well-known fact that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is undergoing sweeping reforms. The reforms that were announced in November 2015 cover...

‘China Has Leveraged Its Control To Transform Tibet’

The Indian perception of Tibet is generally negative, coloured by even more negative views of China. Maj.Gen. BK Sharma was in Tibet recently at...

In Interpol Chief’s Disappearance, China’s Message To The World—Party Comes First

On the face of it, you couldn’t find two more different people in Beijing. One, a glamorous 37-year-old actress who is China’s biggest global...

Why China Wants ‘Island Position’ In The Maldives

Did you know that the Maldives is a "major interest" of China? Before we go into the why and how, let's first understand the...

A Year After Doklam: Will Peace Hold?

A year has passed since India and China announced their decision to peacefully “disengage” at Doklam and commenced the difficult task of trying to...

China Guarded About 2+2 Declaration On Indo-Pacific Navigation

China has rebutted the India-U.S. formulation on freedom of navigation in the Indo-Pacific (read South China Sea), made at the conclusion of the inaugural...
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Revisiting Doklam, One Year On – I

Exactly one year ago, India and China announced the end of a 73-day standoff between troops from both sides at the tri-junction of Bhutan,...
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Revisiting Doklam, One Year On – II

Exactly one year ago, India and China announced the end of a 73-day standoff between troops from both sides at the tri-junction of Bhutan,...

Growing India-US Ties Has Beijing Jittery

The name Zhang Jiadong may be familiar to India's community of China watchers. He was posted in the Chinese embassy in New Delhi a...
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Understanding The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation And Why It Matters To India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is heading to Bikshek in Kyrgyzstan for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit where he is slated to hold talks...