The Resurrection of Xi ‘Zedong’
Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar · 30 Sep, 2020 · #5730 · Commentary · Column
1981, five years after Mao Zedong’s death, China adopted an official verdict on
his life. It called Mao a great revolutionary whose contributions outweighed
the cost of his mistakes (Zhisui Li).
Literature and history of later years have,...
Explainer: Washington’s Move to Trigger UN Sanctions Against Iran
Sanaa Alvira · 29 Sep, 2020 · #5729 · Commentary
20 August, the US officially submitted a notification to the UN
Security Council (UNSC) that triggered a 30-day countdown to reimpose UN
sanctions on Iran. It cited significant violations of the Iran nuclear deal,
formally known as the Join...
The North Korean Nuclear Knot and China’s Dilemma
Manpreet Sethi · 28 Sep, 2020 · #5728 · Commentary · Column
The relationship between China
and North Korea has often been described as similar to that between lips and
teeth. Besides sharing the political ideology of communism, China is important
for North Korea for sustaining its economy, especially in...
East Asia Compass
Japan, India, and the World: The Significance of Yoshihide Suga as Prime Minister
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 24 Sep, 2020 · #5727 · Commentary · Column
Minister Shinzo Abe resigned from his post earlier this month due to health
reasons; shortly after becoming the longest serving Japanese PM in the post-war
period. On 16 September, Yoshihide Suga, one of the contenders to emerge in the
Big Picture: India and the US-Maldives Defence Agreement
Dr. Sripathi Narayanan · 23 Sep, 2020 · #5726 · Commentary
On 10 September 2020, Washington and Malé signed
the “Framework for U.S. Department of Defense-Maldives Ministry of Defence
Defense and Security Relationship.” This agreement ostensibly intends to deepen
bilateral efforts towards maintaini...
Neighbourhood First Series
Bangladesh: Foreign Policy and Public Opinion on the Delhi-Dhaka Relationship
Shahab Enam Khan · 15 Sep, 2020 · #5725 · Commentary
Indian media analysis of Bangladesh-India
relations tends to be hyperbolic, reductive, and misleading. Such coverage
usually dilutes its complexity and sets an unrealistic bar for the
relationship. What the Indian public remains deprived of as ...
Neighbourhood First Series
Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla's Visit and India-Bangladesh Relations
Smruti Pattanaik · 15 Sep, 2020 · #5724 · Commentary
India and Bangladesh share a very
close relationship. India played an important role in Bangladesh's liberation,
and hosted 10 million refugees who escaped Pakistani brutality and took refuge
in India. The relationship is based on strong people...
Of Guarantees and Stalemates: An Assessment of Myanmar’s Fourth 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference
Angshuman Choudhury · 14 Sep, 2020 · #5723 · Commentary
On 21 August,
Myanmar drew the curtains on the fourth iteration of its flagship union
dialogue forum, Union Peace Conference (UPC), also known as 21st Century
Panglong Conference. The three-day conference was held in Naypyidaw with
What Motivated Chinese Military Drills Near the Taiwan Strait?
Jack Kai Yui Wong · 11 Sep, 2020 · #5722 · Commentary
President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan continues to reject Beijing’s sovereignty
claims as well as the offer of “one country, two
systems.” In response, Chinese President Xi Jinping has called
the possibility of Taiwanese independence a "dead-e...
Hong Kong: Why New Delhi Must Do More
Kamal Madishetty · 09 Sep, 2020 · #5721 · Commentary
widespread international criticism and no letting up of protests on the streets
of Hong Kong—implemented the draconian National Security Law (NSL) on June 30.
This was done within weeks of the country’s rubber stamp legislatu...