Is China about to reclaim the Scarborough Shoal? It is a question that has absorbed discussions in maritime circles recently. Speculation is growing that China might be planning to build …Read More
During his visit to New Delhi last week, Wang Yi, China’s Foreign Minister, held wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The agenda for …Read More
Amid China’s hardening posture on the South China Sea ruling by an international tribunal, senior officials of India and Vietnam have held strategic talks in New Delhi to bolster their military and economic relations, which could pave the way for a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Hanoi early next month.
The volatile situation around the South China Sea in the wake of The Hague tribunal’s ruling rejecting Beijing’s “historic claims” over the disputed water body and the so-called nine-dash line figured prominently in discussions.
The discussions in New Delhi saw a striking convergence of perspectives between the two countries on the South China Sea issue.
The visit by PM Modi to Hanoi will take place at a time when the India-China relations are under strain following China’s stalling of India’s bid for the NSG membership and India denying extension of visas to three Chinese journalists working for state-run Xinhua news agency. Mr Modi’s visit to Hanoi, as and when it happens, will be closely watched in Beijing, which has resented growing proximity between New Delhi and Hanoi, and sees India as engaged in a containment game with the US, Japan, Australia and friendly ASEAN countries.
In the immediate aftermath of the arbitration award, all sides are trying to calm the situation which, however, remains combustible with, potentially, disastrous consequences. The attention is to analyse each and every word of the principal protagonists to parse the intentions behind them. Apart from the involvement of the Coast Guards in support of the respective fishing boats which is a daily occurrence, several key countries have been exploring – and, eventually exploiting – hydrocarbon reserves within the NDL area. Militarisation of the existing infrastructure in the Spratlys and the Paracels, especially on the part of the Chinese, can completely alter the existing balance of power in the region.Read More
As you may recall, at the Inaugural meeting of 54th Annual Session of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) held in Beijing in spring of last year, Premier Li …Read More
China is working on a new plan for international cooperation in the South China Sea and its neighbouring waters in an attempt to bolster relations with the Southeast Asian countries …Read More
As the geopolitical tensions continue to simmer in the disputed South China Sea, China’s latest decision to begin civilian flights from the disputed islands in the region, is likely to …Read More
In a significant development that could escalate tensions in the region, China has deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile system to one of the disputed islands it controls in the …Read More
Amid escalating tensions around South China Sea, the US has launched a major diplomatic outreach to the ASEAN at their first-ever summit on the American soil. The summit is expected to encompass a broad range of issues, including security, trade and climate change.Read More
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was in India recently to hold the 9th annual India-Japan summit-level talks. It was his second summit engagement with India’s Prime Minister Narenda Modi.Read More