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Why India's Northern Borders are Threatened
Claude Arpi | 07 Nov , 2019 0 comments

In the months to come, the 4056-kilometrre long India-China border will be in the news; probably for wrong reasons. Despite last month’s ‘Chennai Connect’ between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi Jinping at Mamallapuram, Beijing continues its aggressive stance on Ladakh; the formation of two separate Union Territories for J&K and...

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Baghdadi and his impact on India
Rakesh Kr Sinha | 01 Nov , 2019 0 comments
Baghdadi and his impact on India

Abu Bakar al – Baghdadi seems to have died finally if we trust the announcement made by the US President Donald Trump. Baghdadi, carrying a reward of $ 25 million on his head, had proclaimed the creation of an Islamic State, captured huge chunks of land in Iraq and Syria and was able to direct and execute terrorist attacks in over 30...

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How Xi Jinping crossed the Nepal hurdle
Claude Arpi | 28 Oct , 2019 0 comments

When Chinese President Xi Jinping boarded his Hongqi limousine in Mamallapuram, he was on his way to the airport and Nepal. Official Chinese media had announced that he would sign an extradition treaty à la Hong Kong with Nepal, partly to squeeze the Tibetan refugees living in the erstwhile Himalayan kingdom. Kathmandu warned It was presumed...

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Was Modi-Xi Chennai meet a ‘civilisational’ encounter?
Claude Arpi | 18 Oct , 2019 1 comment

Indian commentators have always been fond of the word ‘civilisational’, it was already so during the Nehruvian days, it continues today; it must be something anchored in Indian genes. As I never really understood the meaning of the term, I finally looked it up in the dictionary: it is “the act or process of civilizing, as by bringing out...

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Japan's 2019 Defence White Paper and the Contest for Southeast Asia

In Japan’s annual Defence White Paper released on 26 September, China’s growing military might has been given priority over North Korea’s belligerence as the country’s main security threat. This is the first time Japan has so explicitly identified China as a security threat greater than North Korea. This article looks at how this document...

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