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China's Maritime Silk Road- Strategically impacts Indo-Pacifc Security

Paper No. 6422      Dated 6-Sept-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

China’s Maritime Silk Road projects underway in the last two years emerges as a direct strategic and military challenge to the Indo Pacific Security Template adopted by the United States, India and Japan as it aims to establish a China-dominated maritime grid spanning the maritime global commons of the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean region.

Indo-Pak Meet under Indus Water Treaty: “Nothing Changes”

Paper No. 6420                     Dated 2-Sept-2018
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
The Indus Water Commissioners from India and Pakistan met in Lahore for two days on 29th and 30th of August in Lahore.
 
This meet under the IWT (Indus Water Treaty) was scheduled to meet twice a year, but was abruptly stopped in 2014. It was only revived last March with a meeting in New Delhi followed by the current meet in Lahore. 
 

China & Pakistan in United States Crosshairs in 2018

Paper No. 6419                          Dated 2-Sept-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

China's Political Outreach to India 2018 Contextualised By China-US Trade War

Paper No. 6416 :           Dated 29-Aug-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

China’s political reachout to India, markedly in 2018, needs necessarily to be analysed in the context of the increasing China-US Trade War. Chinese present reachout to India is transactional and not incorporated in China’s Grand Strategy and India would be well advised not to make things easier for China by siding with it by perceptional proximity to China against the United States.

Japan-India Special Strategic Partnership Needs Added Special Robustness

Paper No. 6414.       Dated 26-Aug-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Perceptively missing and noticeable in the last one year is that the Japan-India Special Strategic & Global Partnership is progressing routinely without the fizz that should be attendant on it by two powerful Asian giants and pillars of Asian stability. This perceptiion  arises from India positioning this ‘Vital Partnership’ in Indian prism of relations with China and Chinese sensitivities on India’s proximate strategic relations with Japan.

Bhutan: Gearing up for National Elections

Paper No. 6413 .      Dated 25-Aug-2018

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

The Second National Assembly of Bhutan was dissolved in the afternoon of 1st August 2018 as mandated by Article 19 of Bhutan Constitution.

By a Royal Order, an interim government under the leadership of the Chief Justice has been formed with nine Advisers.  In distributing the portfolios, the Chief Justice- now called Chief Adviser has retained the two important  portfolios namely Home and Foreign Affairs.

India's China Policy- Reset: Strategiclly inadvisable without clear bench marks:

Paper No.6409            Dated 16-Aug-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

(paper No. 6370 dated 23rd April, 2018 Revsited)

Misgivings on India’s surprise China Policy Reset in March 2018 marking a U-turn from India’s standing tall against China’s military provocations and intrusions in Dokalam analysed in the above referred Paper have largely materialised as evidenced by China’s unceasing buildup at Dkalam and repeat of Dkalam Standoff confrontation in Ladakh in end-July 2018.

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