International Relations

Non-Aligned Movement

10th September – Non-Aligned Movement

Non-Aligned Movement India’s External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar, said recently that non-alignment (derived from non-aligned movement) was a concept of relevance in a specific era and a particular context, though the independence of action enshrined in it remains a factor of continuity in India’s foreign policy. This is about as explicit an assertion as one …

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Supply Chain Resilience Initiative

1st September – Supply Chain Resilience Initiative

Supply Chain Resilience Initiative With COVID-19 and trade tensions between China and the United States threatening supply chains or actually causing bottlenecks, Japan has mooted the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative (SCRI) as a trilateral approach to trade, with India and Australia as the other two partners. The initiative is at the strategy stage and has …

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One China Policy

24th August – One China Policy

One-China Policy “We support the One China policy. However, we expect you to also have a One India policy.” These were the words of the late External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj spoken to the Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi in June 2014. With rising Chinese belligerence on Indian territories and its total disregard for …

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China-Russia ties

21st August – China-Russia ties

China-Russia ties The recent bonhomie between the leadership of Russia and China has sparked intense discussion on whether they are moving in the direction of a formal alliance, and what that could mean for the rest of the world. Background – The triangular relationship between America, China and Russia has, for the most part, shaped …

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Indian Foreign Policy

17th August – Indian foreign policy

Gaps in the casting of India’s foreign policy At a time ‘when sorrows come’, not as ‘single spies, but in battalions’ with an unprecedented pandemic, Chinese soldiers squatting on India’s side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), cartographic aggression by little Nepal, Iran joining a virtual alliance with China, Russia getting close to China, …

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30th July – RIC – Is it still important?

RIC – A triangle that is still important Amid the tensions on the Line of Actual Control, the recent virtual meeting of the RIC (Russia, India and China) was held. As the statements had divergent views of the participating members, it calls for assessing the dynamics of RIC grouping as a whole. Background – When …

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Iran-China pact

17th July – Iran-China pact

Iran-China pact “Neither East, nor West” was Ayatollah Khomeini’s slogan for the reconstruction of a post-revolution Iran. This no longer seems to hold in Tehran, if fresh reports of a wide-ranging strategic pact between Iran and China are any indication. Though neither side has officially confirmed details, the Iranian cabinet has signed off on an …

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China's India policy

16th July – China’s India policy

The standoff and China’s India policy dilemma For China, which has long been preoccupied with its relentless pursuit to approach the centre of the world and in managing a turbulent relationship with the United States, the June 15 incident of a violent face-off between Chinese and Indian troops at the Line of Actual Control (LAC), …

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15th July – Learnings from China

What can India learn from China about statecraft? C Raja Mohan, has pointed out the differences between the anti-imperialist traditions of Delhi and Beijing. He assures that the Communist Party of China is no less anti-imperialist than the Indian nationalists but there is one big difference between Indian and Chinese anti-imperialism. Points of difference – …

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South China Sea

9th July – South China Sea

Chinese muscularity in South China Sea The Philippines invoked the dispute settlement mechanism of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in 2013 to test the legality of China’s ‘nine-dash line’ in the South China Sea regarding the disputed Spratlys. In response, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague decreed …

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