Quad must announce the Indo-Pacific Charter

Aim is to protect smaller states and keep US and China from going to war. The seeds of war between the United States and China are germinating across the Taiwan straits and in newly created atolls of the South China Sea. In Ladakh and in Sikkim, the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) has accelerated its “Forward Policy”, the same line of action once followed by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Defence Minister Krishna Menon. They acted in the belief that the other side would never have the will to go to…

Has China’s moment arrived? | Deccan Herald

A number of recent events indicate that China’s leadership thinks that its time has come, this is the moment to enhance its role in the regional and global order at a time when the current hegemon, the United States, appears to be shirking from its global responsibilities. China’s actions post-January 23 in controlling the Covid-19 epidemic in Wuhan and across the country has been touted as a success to be emulated by other countries, although lack of transparency has resulted in other countries accusing China of fudging the numbers of…

US awakens to risk of China-Russia alliance in the Arctic

NEW YORK — When the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee convened a hearing to confirm the new Secretary of Navy Kenneth Braithwaite, the word “Arctic” was mentioned 35 times.  It topped other hot topics such as “China” and “Russia,” which each received 22 mentions, and far outweighed “North Korea,” which was raised just six times, reflecting the new interest in the topic in Washington. “The Chinese and the Russians are everywhere,” Braithwaite told senators on May 7, referring to the Arctic region. “Especially the Chinese. You’d be alarmed at the amount of Chinese activity…

Tensions Between China and India Could Lead to War

Tensions between India and China are not new. The two countries—which share the world’s longest unmarked border—fought a full-fledged war in 1962 and have since engaged in several small skirmishes. Not since 1975 has a bullet been fired across their shared border. As a result, the theory that Sino-Indian clashes are flashes in the pan and unlikely to lead to more extensive fighting has become a widely held consensus. Recent events, however, suggest that escalations are highly possible. Both sides have substantial—and growing—military deployments along a mostly disputed border. And…

US provoking India-China tensions, Delhi doesn’t want to be used as tool: Analysts

US diplomatic circles have supported India in its confrontation with China on the border and in the Indian Ocean. First Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Alice Wells, who is resigning in May, has accused China of using border clashes with India to change the status quo at the border. On 20 May, Alice Wells, a US ambassador, spoke at an online conference at the Atlantic Council, one of America’s leading think tanks, regarding the border standoff between India and China. Talking to Rish Verma, the US Ambassador…

A ‘Historic’ Landing | BusinessMirror

IN what was bannered as a “historic landing,” a Philippine Navy ship, the BRP Ivatan, berthed more than a week ago for the first time at the Pagasa Island in the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) within the expanse of the disputed West Philippine Sea. For the small community of Filipinos living on the island, however, the mooring of the PN ship is just part of the “new normal” that they have been accustomed to, even before the Philippine government began to spread the meaning of the phrase to the minds…

US sees role for India to reverse China’s behaviour : The Tribune India

Sandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 23 Against the backdrop of the India-China border tensions, a new US Strategy Paper envisages a crucial role for India in both military and economic dimensions to deal with China. The paper, which defines the US approach to China in the coming days, mentions the Sino-Indian border as among the hotspots where China is engaging in provocative and coercive military and paramilitary activities with its neighbours. The others are the Yellow Sea, the East and South China Seas and the Taiwan Strait.…

China’s already beleaguered position on LAC presents India with opportunities: Report

ANI | Updated: May 23, 2020 15:31 IST Amsterdam [Netherlands], May 23 (ANI): Beijing’s escalating confrontations with the U.S. and other Western countries amid Covid-19 outbreak, the Taiwan and Hong Kong underbellies, the South China Sea issue and standoff with India over the border issue has put China on beleaguered position. However, it has presented India with opportunities, says Amsterdam based European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS).It said in its research, “India, in recent years, appears to have woken up to the need for improving military deterrence along the…