There’s a clear-eyed vision behind China’s maritime build-up

News: American surprise over a secret Chinese military base in the UAE port of Khalifa is unwarranted. About China’s maritime plan China in 2019 released Defence White Paper (DWP), declares overseas interests as a crucial part of China’s national interests. To address deficiencies in overseas operations and support, China builds far seas forces, develops overseas logistical… Continue reading There’s a clear-eyed vision behind China’s maritime build-up

China exports warship to Pak., to be deployed in Indian Ocean

What is the News? China has handed over the first Type 054A/P frigate (warship) named PNS Tughril to Pakistan.  What is PNS Tughril? PNS Tughril is the largest and most advanced warship that China has ever exported. It is designed and built by China State Shipbuilding Corporation Limited (CSSC). What are the key features of… Continue reading China exports warship to Pak., to be deployed in Indian Ocean

Countering the Chinese Threat

Synopsis: India should adopt a multi-level approach to counter the encircling of China. Introduction Over the period of time, China has made its position stronger and has now emerged as a threat to India.  Recently, RSS Chief in his Vijayadashami speech also raised concerns over the China-Pakistan-Taliban-Turkey nexus. How China emerges as a threat to… Continue reading Countering the Chinese Threat

Chinese checks: On dealing with border incursions by China

Source: This post is based on the article “ Chinese checks ” published in The Business Standard on 13th October 2021.  Syllabus: GS3- Security Challenges and their Management in Border Areas  Relevance: Dealing with China Synopsis: India urgently needs a fresh strategy for handling the broader dispute along the Sino-Indian border. Introduction  In June last year,… Continue reading Chinese checks: On dealing with border incursions by China

The trouble with containing China

Synopsis: This article illustrates why it is difficult to contain China Introduction China is mounting a robust challenge with its “wolf-warrior” diplomacy and the vastly ambitious One Belt One Road initiative and String of Pearls. To counter aggressive rising China, the new alliance (AUKUS) between Australia, the UK and the US, is formed. However, according… Continue reading The trouble with containing China

China’s ‘Lehman moment’

What is the news? Failure of Evergrande (China’s too big to fail real estate sector developer) would affect economic activities in China, which in turn, may have cascading negative consequences for the world. Introduction Financial stress in China’s largest real estate developer, Evergrande, has led to turmoil across global markets. Evergrande has a total debt… Continue reading China’s ‘Lehman moment’

Hardly the India- China century Deng envisioned

Synopsis: As China becomes increasingly assertive, the options with New Delhi are limited. Introduction This article is highlighting the changing trajectory of India-China relations. As China grows economically and militarily, it seems to be adopting a hardened posture towards its neighbours, including India. How both the countries talked earlier tensions in India – China relations?… Continue reading Hardly the India- China century Deng envisioned

The Quad must be flexible to counter China’s many strategies across a wide range of issues

Synopsis: The Quad needs to be flexible to counterbalance China across a range of issues, be it Afghanistan or the South China Sea.  Introduction  Quad is now shaping up as a security-plus platform. Recently, India and Australia held their first 2+2 ministerial dialogue. Militaries of the four countries participated in the Malabar joint naval exercise last year. Also, work is underway… Continue reading The Quad must be flexible to counter China’s many strategies across a wide range of issues

China opens first road-rail transport link to Indian Ocean

Source: This post is based on the following articles: China opens first road-rail transport link to Indian Ocean published in The Hindu on 1st Sep 2021. China expands its activities to Sri Lanka’s north; India worried published in TOI on 1st Sep 2021. What is the news? Firstly, the first shipments on a newly-launched railway line… Continue reading China opens first road-rail transport link to Indian Ocean

Keeping an eye on China’s expanding nuclear stack

Source: The Hindu Relevance: Implications of China’s expanding nuclear arsenal Synopsis: The scope and prospective size of China’s nuclear capabilities is not known clearly. India should closely watch this build-up and work towards enhancing its own capabilities. An analysis of China’s expansion of its nuclear arsenal. Context Satellite images from Xinjiang province in the west… Continue reading Keeping an eye on China’s expanding nuclear stack