November 22, 2017
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Lacking consensus
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2015: After nearly a decade of political struggle, the land-locked South Asian nation of Nepal recently passed a constitution. Nepal has adopted a new constitution aimed at bolstering its transformation to a peaceful democracy after decades of political instability and a long civil war.
Fleeing horses
JULY-AUGUST 2015: Chinas experiment with the creation of millionaire clubs is coming to a full circle but it leaves behind a dirty culture that will take decades for new generation of Chinese to clean and establish rule of law which can bring China back to a civilized state.
Bolstering presence
JULY-AUGUST 2015: Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a whirlwind tour to Central Asia on the way to attending the BRICS and SCO summits in Russia in the second week of July. Though the visit cannot be termed as a game changer, Prime Minister Modi was able to convey the Central Asian leaders that India has revived its interest in Central Asia and has made sincere moves.
Deepening ties
JULY-AUGUST 2015: Yet another trilateral grouping has emerged along with India, US, Japan and US, Japan and Australia. The latest and third trilateral comprising India, Japan and Australia are part of the same quadrilateral India, US, Japan and Australia, which prematurely died in the womb in 2007.
Separate identity
JULY-AUGUST 2015: Uighurs are waging a war of different kind to which many Chinese politicians and strategists are unknown but Beijing’s strategy to apply a carrot and stick policy may give instant result but it might lose out in the future once the steam is over.
Muddy water
MAY-JUNE 2015: Chinas islands reclamation initiative in South China Sea could spark a war like situation and it might draw silent powers in the region to get involved by rendering ASEAN as useless and a mute spectator. ASEANs long slogan of resolving South China Sea dispute in ASEAN way has no taker today and the group is just a talking shop in which
Flawed approach
MAY-JUNE 2015: While the regional countries are grappling hard to stabilize Afghanistan, President Abdul Ghani chooses to obediently toe the Pakistani line and even walks all out to soothe Pakistani concerns unmindful of the realities in his own country.
Cautious steps
MAY-JUNE 2015: Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much hyped recent visit to China was not expected to deliver any unexpected outcome on boundary related issues, Modi certainly was able to drive home his point that boundary question remains the most important unresolved issue between the two Asian giants, which is hindering the further growth in bilateral relations .
Strong partnership
MAY-JUNE 2015: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Act East diplomacy was in full play during his recent visit to Seoul, South Korea. Though the two countries enjoy warm friendly relations since decades and the South Korean economic engagement with India has become so deep rooted that Korean companies have become household names in India, the two countries have only recently begun to realize the strategic potentials of partnership.
Yellow peril
MAR-APRIL 2015: Russian nationalists often comment that the Chinese are expanding into Russian territory of Far East not with tanks or troops but with suitcases. The Russian Far East territory, long disputed between the two powers, could cast a gloom about any bonhomie between Russia and China.