India’s Role in the Great-Power Struggle Over the Indo-Pacific Region

India’s foreign policy is being shaped into a new contour, right from Act East to Neighbourhood First, there is a new outlook for the traditionally globally reticent aspiring superpower India. But traditional international relations theorists have lamented that India with its burgeoning economy and global diaspora will be a great presence more than a great power. In order to understand how India sees the world, I gleaned insights from various conversations with several diplomats across New Delhi and Washington over the last few months on various issues from great-power competition…

All states must play active role to ensure stability in South China Sea, Forum News & Top Stories

The reports on Jan 17 by Associate Editor Ravi Velloor (Does the PLA tail wag the China dog?) and Mr Robert Beckman (Why Indonesia has stake in fight to defend Unclos) on the South China Sea (SCS) dispute between Indonesia and China, among other things, touched on the concepts of “claimant state” and “party to the dispute”. While the “claimant states” in the SCS are generally known, who are the other “parties to the dispute”? The answer is in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (Unclos).…

Investing in a less stable world

In the 2010s, however, the situation has gradually changed, it seems… ’Multipolarity’ probably best defines the new world that appears to be emerging, and is an idea that frequently discussed in political publications, with investors starting to take note. While the US still has pre-eminent influence over the global economy and markets, investors need to start paying more attention to how power blocs like the EU and burgeoning economies like China and India are flexing their muscles. Source link

Forum: All states must play active role to ensure stability in South China Sea, Forum News & Top Stories

The reports on Jan 17 by Associate Editor Ravi Velloor (Does the PLA tail wag the China dog?) and Mr Robert Beckman (Why Indonesia has stake in fight to defend Unclos) on the South China Sea (SCS) dispute between Indonesia and China, among other things, touched on the concepts of “claimant state” and “party to the dispute”. While the “claimant states” in the SCS are generally known, who are the other “parties to the dispute”? The answer is in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (Unclos).…

South China Sea crisis: Beijing under threat as US warships back defiant Taiwan | World | News

Less than a week after separatist President, Tsai Ing-wen, was reelected with an anti-Beijing message, US warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait. While the US maintained that it was merely expressing support for a “free and open Indo-Pacific”, China’s government issued a warning to Washington over military presence in the region. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang urged the US to “prudently and properly handle issues relating to Taiwan to avoid harming China-US relations and affecting peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait”. Mr Geng added: “China paid close attention…

The Asia Factor – The Diplomat

Advertisement Doomsday just got a little bit closer.  The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced today that it has moved the hands on the “Doomsday Clock” forward to just 100 seconds to midnight.  The Bulletin’s President and CEO Rachel Bronson and the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board explained why the internationally recognized symbol had been reset to its latest-ever setting. The abandonment of arms control treaties, inaction on climate change, and continued modernization of nuclear arsenals and development of new weapons systems have all contributed to decreased global security. The…

America’s Debilitating Middle-East Obsession by Brahma Chellaney

US President Donald Trump once seemed to recognize that, as long as the US remains mired in endless wars in the Middle East, it will be unable to address in a meaningful way the threat China poses. But that has not stopped him from perpetuating the cycle of self-defeating American interventionism in the Middle East. NEW DELHI – “Great nations do not fight endless wars,” US President Donald Trump declared in his 2019 State of the Union speech. He had a point: military entanglements in the Middle East have contributed…

China readies its new deep-space crew capsule for 1st test flight

A Chinese next-generation spacecraft for taking astronauts to low Earth orbit and beyond has arrived at a coastal spaceport in preparation for a test flight. The new spacecraft is designed boost China’s capabilities in sending humans into orbit, reduce costs through partial reusability, and allow astronauts to survive the radiation environment and higher-speed reentries of deep-space missions. The as-yet-unnamed spacecraft is 8.8 meters long (28.9 feet) with a mass at liftoff of 21.6 metric tons (23.8 tons), according to the China Manned Space Agency. It will be capable of carrying…

New Footage From 2018 Near-Collision Between U.S., Chinese Warships Shows Sailors Preparing for Impact

Previously unreleased video footage of a near-collision between American and Chinese warships in 2018 shows that Chinese sailors were concerned enough to prepare their vessel for a potentially catastrophic accident. The tense interception occurred in September 2018, when the guided missile destroyer USS Decatur was conducting a “freedom of navigation” operation in the contested waters of the South China Sea. It was met by the Chinese destroyer Lanzhou, which sailed alongside the American vessel and warned its crew to leave the area. The Chinese ship warned that the Americans would…