Articles By Dr Rajasimman Sundaram

China Factor in India-Vietnam Strategic Relations

China Factor in India-Vietnam Strategic Relations

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Vol. 39.1, Jan-Mar 2024 | Date: 17 May , 2024

China’s President Xi Jinping visited Vietnam on 12-13 December, with whom China shares an important but complex relationship from a strategic perspective. While Laos and Cambodia are staunchly...

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The Coming New World Order

The Coming New World Order

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 May , 2024

Experts worldwide now see the threat of a Third World War looming on the horizon. Empirical evidence in support of such claims is – 1) massive defense spending across nations, 2) hot wars in...

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Iran-Israel Engage in Defensive War Through Offense

Iran-Israel Engage in Defensive War Through Offense

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Apr , 2024

History of warfare is a testimony to the fact that the difference between the concept of “defense” and “offense” is ambiguous. War is about victory and victory can only be achieved by...

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The Last Election in Taiwan and Cognitive Warfare

The Last Election in Taiwan and Cognitive Warfare

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Jan , 2024

Republic of China (Taiwan) held its general elections on 13 January – its 8thdirect election to elect its 16thPresident, Vice-President &113 Legislatures. This election is significant from a...

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China’s Rocket Forces: Is Something Rotten in the State of Denmark?

China’s Rocket Forces: Is Something Rotten in the State of Denmark?

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Oct , 2023

Introduction The “core” concern for the ruling Chinese Communist Party –Zhōngguó gòngchǎndǎng (CCP) leadership is – Taiwan. Without a reunification of Taiwan with the mainland, the...

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Why Xi is Giving a Slip to G-20 Summit at New Delhi?

Why Xi is Giving a Slip to G-20 Summit at New Delhi?

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Sep , 2023

On 04 September the Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a notification stating that the G-20 Summit meet to be held in New Delhi (September 9-10) will be attended by a team led by the country’s...

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The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) and the decline of US Leadership

The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) and the decline of US Leadership

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Vol. 38.1, Jan-Mar 2023 | Date: 01 May , 2023

The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) Having first been conceived in October 2021, and launched in May 2022, the United States (US) Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Secretary of...

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Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis: China’s Ambivalence Prevails

Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis: China’s Ambivalence Prevails

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Feb , 2023

Coinciding with the anniversary of Russia-Ukraine Warthat has left at least 8,006 civilians dead and 13,287 injured over the past 12 months[1], in addition to the numerous lives previously lost...

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India-US Military Exercises and China’s Woes: Stop Reacting, Start Responding

India-US Military Exercises and China’s Woes: Stop Reacting, Start Responding

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Vol. 37.4, Oct-Dec 2022 | Date: 05 Jan , 2023

The state of Sino-Indian bilateral relations according to India’s Foreign Minister and former Foreign Secretary Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is ‘not normal’. Even while the militaries of both...

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USS Connecticut (SSN-22): I am not that Innocent!

USS Connecticut (SSN-22): I am not that Innocent!

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Vol. 36.4, Oct-Dec 2021 | Date: 14 Jan , 2022

A continental power adheres to a “closed-sea” concept, while a maritime power adheres to an “open-sea” concept. This difference also informs the naval strategy chosen by both, a maritime...

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India must shed its Good Boy Image

India must shed its Good Boy Image

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Vol. 36.2, Apr-Jun 2021 | Date: 05 Jul , 2021

In this game of power, a nation that is able to quickly arrest the spread of virus within its own territory as well as research, develop and manufacture the vaccines, wins. For this to happen, a...

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BRICS: The Story So Far

BRICS: The Story So Far

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Nov , 2020

The idea of BRICS group of nations as originally hypothesized was based on the future potential of its collective economic performance that may exceed that of G-7 nations (Jin O’Neill; 2001). It...

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The Myth of China

The Myth of China

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Vol. Apr-Jun 2020, (35.2) & Jul-Sep 2020, (35.3) | Date: 11 Nov , 2020

Myth attempts to capture in terms conceivable to humans some of the indeterminate qualities of the divine unknown. Hence myth is something that is understood as – “does not tell truths, but...

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Approaches to Carrier Warfare: A Comparative Perspective [Part-I]

Approaches to Carrier Warfare: A Comparative Perspective [Part-I]

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Vol. 35.1 Jan-Mar 2020 | Date: 08 Nov , 2020

Approaches to carrier warfare and the associated operational art vary from navy to navy. A handful of nations employ aircraft carrier in their naval fleet, the latest being the People’s...

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China Task Force [CFT] Act: The US Goes Bonkers Over China

China Task Force [CFT] Act: The US Goes Bonkers Over China

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Nov , 2020

Introduction The United States strategic expectation that China will one day adapt to the enshrined values of the western world order –freedom, democracy, and human rights and support a...

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Smoke! Smoke on the Horizon: CNS Shandong (山东)

Smoke! Smoke on the Horizon: CNS Shandong (山东)

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Vol. 35.1 Jan-Mar 2020 | Date: 03 Nov , 2020

On December 17, 2019, China became the first country in Asia to have commissioned the CNS Shandong (山东) – an independently designed and built aircraft carrier since World War II. After India,...

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Is the QUAD Winding back the Clock of History?

Is the QUAD Winding back the Clock of History?

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Oct , 2020

While the stated strategic objective of the Quadrilateral Strategic Dialogue [QUAD – Japan, the US, Australia and India] is to safeguard a free, open, rule based order in the Indo-Pacific region...

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The Five Point Consensus – The Calm before the Storm?

The Five Point Consensus – The Calm before the Storm?

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Sep , 2020

The re-establishment of peace and tranquility along the Sino-Indian border based on the joint communiqué agreed between the foreign ministers of India and China on 09 September along the...

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Indian Chess is Not the Chinese Game of Weiqi

Indian Chess is Not the Chinese Game of Weiqi

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Sep , 2020

Your deployment was as wild geese in flight – nobody understood it, until the cub was caught in the tiger’s den, and all were shocked. [Pan Zhao]  Introduction: ​The situation along the...

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India is not Bharat: A Note to Chinese Strategic Thinkers!

India is not Bharat: A Note to Chinese Strategic Thinkers!

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Aug , 2020

Of all the strategic variables – intention, capability, objective, strategy, tactics, doctrines, domestic and foreign policy, leadership etc – it is geography that remains a constant – hence...

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