There is a case to be made for an India-led initiative in the Indo-Pacific that displays greater commitment to upholding international law than to ‘inclusivity’ as well as willingness to take on a wider ambit of regional responsibilities in the security and political domains
How Indian and Indonesian leaders promote and support true federalism, equality in inter-ethnic relations, religious freedoms and civil and political rights as well as manage class differences and conflict at home will have consequences for China
Jabin T. Jacob and Hoang The Anh (editors), China and Its Neighbourhood: Perspectives from India and Vietnam (New Delhi: Pentagon, 2017).
China is using tourism and infrastructure development to reel the Maldives into its orbit of influence.
What framework can we use to understand the current Sino-Indian relationship?
What is the state of current military CBMs between India and China?How have these held up to the pressures of recent years?
If “much of the history of the 21st century will be written in Asia”, then New Delhi will need to find the energy and resources to focus not just on its troubled western frontiers but also on its sprawling and diverse eastern neighbourhood.
Understanding China’s military capabilities alone is not enough, India must also understand its intentions and for this a better grasp of the intersections of the political and military in China is essential.
How can India maximize its strengths in diplomatic and other arenas vis-à-vis China in a manner pushes forward the positive aspects of the bilateral relationship while simultaneously reducing chances for actual physical conflict of even a limited nature?