Chinese transgressions along the LAC indicate a significant breakdown of long-standing bilateral agreements and can be considered a tipping point. The situation will likely result in a variegated set of cold wars between India and China.
In the second Modi term, New Delhi will have to do a better job than issuing statements on the BRI or ignoring it altogether and be willing to offer credible alternatives if it is retain any standing among its neighbours and further afield.
Does India have it in itself to become an economic and political alternative to China?
General elections due next year in India are an opportunity for political parties to turn greater attention towards foreign policy issues and elevate the level of discussion on China in the popular domain.
The 19th Party Congress’ clear line against importing Western-style democracy to China is is a sign of an ever-growing sense of rivalry with the West led by the United States
Denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula does not progress because Beijing sees North Korea as a greater threat not to itself but to China’s adversaries
As US president, Donald Trump might be more amenable to testing Chinese limits and using Taiwan as a bargaining ploy.
Even without the US, China’s increasing regional and global interests would make an ‘Indo-Pacific’ framework inevitable to understand and deal with political and security challenges in Asia and the world
The USS Lassens action will not prevent China from persisting with its ‘forward policy’ in the South China Sea.