China, Multilateralism and BRICS

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The 21st century saw two important developments, which led to a paradigm shift in international politics. The demise of the Soviet Union in 1991, led to the end of an international system characterised by tight bipolarity of power between the US and Soviet Union; and was accompanied by the rise of multiple poles of power, leading to a multipolar international order, populated by several multilateral organisations. However, even within the multipolar system, the various poles of power have varying degrees of power in relation to one another.

Trump, the Washington Beltway and 'China's Century'

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It ought to have been a “no-brainer” that dialogue was essential between the United States and by far the largest geographical entity on earth, the Russian Federation, more so as the interests of both countries could through agreement intersect rather than collide.

 

Can China Wean Bhutan from India?

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Gunjan Singh, Associate Fellow, Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), New Delhi.
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In the last decade, China has consistently made inroads in South Asia with its investment and aid diplomacy. This has helped Beijing gain access to major strategic points, the most prominent cases being Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. China has also started investing heavily in infrastructure projects in Nepal and Bangladesh. The ‘all weather friendship’ between China and Pakistan has been a cause of concern for India for a long time.

India-Nepal Relations at the Crossroads

Author name: 
Sahima Gupta, Political Science researcher at O.P. Jindal Global University.
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India and Nepal, two South Asian countries share a multi-layered and unique relationship, which is tied by many factors. The economic, cultural and political aspects have motivated both the parties to strengthen and maintain the relationship. In fact, both of them require each other’s support in order to maintain geopolitical balance in the region. Nepal is traditionally, an important strategic ally of India and conversely, India is Nepal’s largest trading and business partner.

 

Trump and Xi Lock Horns over Global Primacy (Part 2 of 2)

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Beijing Not Moscow

 

Trump and Xi Lock Horns over Global Primacy (Part 1 of 2)

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Trump knows that it is Beijing and not Moscow that needs undivided attention 'if the US is to ensure that it remains the globe's largest economy'.

 

India's Infrastructure Development Projects in Myanmar: Game Changer for the Region (Part 3 of 3)

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Related Problematic Issues that Need Resolution by Government of India

 

India's Infrastructure Development Projects in Myanmar: Game Changer for the Region (Part 2 of 3)

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Positive Points and Problematic Issues Related to the Trilateral Highway

India's Infrastructure Development Projects in Myanmar: Game Changer for the Region (Part 1 of 3)

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Introduction

 

Relevance of China's Space Capabilities in its Soft Power Projection

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In the last decade China has emerged as a formidable power in the space arena. After the success of the Anti-Satellite test (ASAT) in 2007 (where China destroyed its old satellite), Beijing established itself as a prominent space power and also showcased its capabilities to destroy satellites of other countries if the need arises. The ASAT test put China among a small list of countries that possessed the advanced space technological know-how.