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China: Second Aircraft Carrier Base in Hainan- What it means for India?

Paper No. 5988                                Dated 17-Aug-2015

By D. S. Rajan

It is a known fact that the first aircraft carrier base of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is located at Dalian, in Liaoning province; the carrier ‘Liaoning’ was commissioned into China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on September 25, 2012. 

Vietnam-United States In Quest Of Strategic Partnership

Paper No. 5968                               Dated 14-Jul-2015

By Dr Subhash Kapila

China’s hegemonistic belligerence and aggressive brinkmanship postures on its contentious claims to the maritime expanses of the Western Pacific involving Japan, Philippines and Vietnam have seemingly impelled Vietnam and the United States in the quest of a strategic partnership.

South China Sea Headed towards US-China Military Showdown

Paper No 5955                                   Dated 16-June-2015

By Dr Subhash Kapila

South China Sea seems inevitably headed towards witnessing a military showdown with a revisionist and strategically arrogant China rigidly insistent on altering the status quo in the South China Sea in defiance of United States advisories to halt construction of artificial islands to enforce its sovereignty claims in disputed waters.

Sino-US Rivalry in South China Sea: A New Norm?

Paper No. 5949                                     Dated 8-June-2015

Guest Column:  By Dr. B.R. Deepak

South China Sea (SCS) which encompasses an area from the Singapore and Malacca Straits to the Strait of Taiwan, consisting of Dongsha, Xisha (known as Paracel), Zhongsha (also Huangyan in Chinese) and Nansha (Spratly) islands, has long been a bone of contention between China and Southeast Asian countries.

China Formulates Assertive Military Strategy

Paper No. 5945                                 Dated 01-Jun-2015

By D. S. Rajan

The State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) issued the government’s first white paper on “China’s Military Strategy” on 26 May 2015. 

South China Sea: United States Must Pre-Empt Gathering Storm

Paper No. 5937                                Dated 25-May-2015

By Dr Subhash Kapila

South China Sea is witnessing a gathering strategic storm unleashed by China’s brazen brinkmanship to gain full-spectrum dominance over this maritime expanse with a new strategy of creating man-made ‘Artificial Islands ‘besides its illegal military occupation of Paracel and Spratly Islands groups.

US-Japan New Defence Cooperation Guidelines Contributes to Asian Security

Paper No. 5923                                 Dated 4-May-2015

By Dr Subhash Kapila

US-Japan New Guidelines for Defence Cooperation released on April 27 2015 marks the momentous advent of Japan asserting the right of collective self-defence as part of its National Security Strategy and Japan’s readiness in conjunction with the United States to play a proactive role in Asian security.


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