The first round of boundary talks with China under the Narendra Modi government is an opportunity for New Delhi to explore the territorial compromises necessary to resolve the longstanding dispute.
As he travels across the Indian Ocean this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s biggest challenge is not countering China. His real problem is in Delhi, afflicted by a condition called continentalism, which has proved rather difficult to overcome.
Given its enduring impact on India and its neighborhood, responding to China’s Silk Road initiative is a major challenge for Indian foreign policy.
Military diplomacy has acquired much greater salience in China’s international relations in recent years.
As America reduces its military burden in Afghanistan, China’s deepening involvement there was marked by the launch of a new official forum in Kabul last week.
Those who worried that Modi might be provoking China by drawing too close to the United States have reasons to be reassured as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj concludes a very successful visit to Beijing.
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi surprised the world with his passion for foreign policy, Asia has inevitably taken center stage in the conduct of his government’s diplomacy.
It is premature to conclude that Rajapaksa’s defeat in the Sri Lankan presidential election last week is a strategic setback for Beijing, but his exit is a diplomatic problem in the near term.
India needs to deepen its military security cooperation in the Indian Ocean with the United States and France and initiate a maritime security dialogue with China.
As the American occupation of Afghanistan comes to an end, China is getting ready to play a significant role in a country that has seen many great powers bite the dust.