Another Rajapaksa at the Helm in Sri Lanka: The China Factor

Given that China has both more money than India and diplomatic capacity that matches that of the US, it will remain a significant player in Sri Lanka.

When Religion and Politics Mix: The Dalai Lama and India-China Relations

There is no real Tibet card for New Delhi to play and India ignores its own Buddhists while supporting the Dalai Lama.

Interpreting Prime Minister Modi’s China Approach

Originally published as ‘Interpreting Modispeak on China’, The Hindu (Chennai), 14 May 2015. As Indian Prime Ministers and political leaders go, Narendra Modi is unique in possessing some significant experience of that country before attaining office. In fact, despite – or perhaps, because of – the differences in world views and how he has gone about understandingContinue reading “Interpreting Prime Minister Modi’s China Approach”

Bhutan in a China Teacup

Bhutan seems willing to accept the Chinese offer of conceding Bhutanese claims in its north in return for letting China have disputed areas in the Chumbi Valley in the west. However, such a concession has huge security implications for India.

Buddhism in India’s Soft Power Quiver

Soft-power diplomacy involving Buddhism is smart politics by India and could form part of a larger ideational turn in its outreach to the world. If this is coalition-building, it is not targeted against China or the Chinese people but against authoritarianism everywhere.

Reimagining Tibet in Sino-Indian Relations

With the boundary dispute ongoing, India needs to adopt a dual policy of continuing to close the military gap with China while creating incentives for cooperation.