Sheikh Hasina’s Visit to India: China in the Background

China is turning into a serious challenger to India in Bangladesh in the economic and military domains and is growing in strength in the political dimension, too.

China’s 2015 Defence White Paper: Military Strategy Meets Foreign Policy

Has Beijing reached a stage where it is willing to face crisis and/or conflict instead of preventing these in the first place?

China’s New Foreign Policy Team

The first annual session of the 12th National People’s Congress in China was notable for, among other things, new appointments to China’s key foreign policy positions. What are the implications for India?

China’s ‘Parliament’: Clear and Present Challenges

While the Communist Party continues to be the more powerful than the government in China, the symbols of state such as the National People’s Congress are increasingly vocal.

To Intervene or Not to Intervene?

There is debate within China on whether the country is truly ready to take up a more active political role internationally and whether in the rush to get involved, it might not end up damaging its long-term interests.

Xi Jinping – China’s Leader-in-Waiting

Xi Jinping is unlikely to have a free hand to run China according to his wishes, given that the members of the Politbureau Standing Committee are so selected as to be capable of checking any one leader from achieving unbridled power.

China’s Defence White Papers: A Political Reading

While studying the military aspects of China’s National Defense White Papers, Indian policymakers and military planners must pay attention to the political elements of this document in order to achieve a fuller more accurate understanding of China’s intentions.

Learning Chinese, Understanding China

A presentation, I made at the Department of Chinese Language, Foreign Languages Wing, Army Education Corps Training College and Centre in Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh in early July 2011.

Interpreting China’s Defense White Paper 2011

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.