Because the Indo-Pacific region promises to become the new center of gravity in global politics, its security problems intimately affect the safety, prosperity, and international position of the United States, as well as the wellbeing of its allies.
Buddhism’s principles and values transcend borders to bind people across Asia within a common cultural heritage.
India and China need a lot of wisdom to limit their differences and carefully manage them.
The first diplomatic encounter between Trump and Xi is bound to set the tone for Asian geopolitics in the near term.
India must find a way to maximize gains and avoid any pitfalls that might emerge as a result of collusion or confrontation between the China and the United States.
The Chinese defense profile is expanding beyond Pakistan to cover India’s other neighbors in South Asia and the Indian Ocean.
As the North Korean atomic crisis gathers momentum, the Trump administration is suggesting that the option of letting the East Asian allies acquire nuclear options is on the table.
Buddhism has become part of a broader soft power rivalry between China and India for greater influence in Asia.
As the largest economy and biggest military power, it is largely up to India to shape the future of Indian Ocean regionalism.
Delhi’s current realism on China is a welcome departure from the past, when India used hide problems in the grandiose rhetoric on global solidarity. Under the new approach, there is no fudging of differences.