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China To Gather Friends For Biggest Summit Of Year On New Silk Road

China will gather its friends and allies together for its biggest diplomatic event of the year in May, a summit on its New Silk Road plan, with most Asian leaders due to attend but only one from a G7 nation, the Italian prime minister.

Read Here – Reuters

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The China-Pakistan-Russia Troika: A Wake-Up Call For India?

The troika will be a game-changer in swaying the regional balance of power against India’s strategic interest. India seems to have been cornered by this tactical regional understanding where Pakistan has emerged as the pivotal point of regional politics. The change of guard in the United States has further complicated the situation for India, since New Delhi remains unsure about President-elect Donald Trump’s approach towards the region. Much will depend upon how India approaches the entire spectrum of regional politics against the backdrop of its relations with Russia and China.

Read Here – Centre for Asia and Globalisation

Russia’s Perpetual Geopolitics

For half a millennium, Russian foreign policy has been characterized by soaring ambitions that have exceeded the country’s capabilities. Beginning with the reign of Ivan the Terrible in the sixteenth century, Russia managed to expand at an average rate of 50 square miles per day for hundreds of years, eventually covering one-sixth of the earth’s landmass.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Is India Finally Getting Serious About Its Connect Central Asia Plans?

Although Central Asia holds many strategic advantages for India, not much has been done to take this forward. But recent developments in our neighbourhood could serve as the much-needed wake up call to New Delhi to pursue its regional policy plans.

Read Here – The Wire

India’s Energy Diplomacy In Central Asia Could Challenge China’s Monopoly

India’s SCO membership could now play a bigger role in ensuring greater energy cooperation between energy producers and consumers by linking Central Asia and South Asia, wherein Iran can be instrumental in facilitating the SCO Energy Club by becoming a major energy trading hub through the opening up of its Chabahar port.

Read Here – Huffington Post

China’s Silk Road

The name Silk Road conjures images of caravans, desert steppes and adventurers like Marco Polo navigating the ancient trading routes connecting China with Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. China’s modern-day adaptation aims to revive those routes via a network of railways, ports, pipelines and highways.

Read Here – Bloomberg View

Infrastructure As A Tool Of Foreign Policy

The AIIB is infrastructure as a tool of grand strategy, it’s infrastructure as a tool of foreign policy, it’s infrastructure as a tool of empire-building and hegemony, and within that there are competitive dynamics. But, first and foremost, it’s a Chinese project that is multilateralised, in the same way that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is an American project that is multilateralised.

Read Here – The Cipher Brief

Why India Distrusts China’s One Belt One Road Initiative

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the G20 Summit, in Hangzhou, China on September 04, 2016. Photo: Press Information Bureau

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the G20 Summit, in Hangzhou, China on September 04, 2016. Photo: Press Information Bureau

At the heart of India’s reluctance to embrace Beijing’s promise of road building and connectivity is strategic mistrust. The country is wedged between two nuclear-armed neighbours and has fought wars against both in the last 60 years. The historical baggage of the 1962 war still looms large in India’s imagination. During the brief war, Beijing inflicted a crushing defeat on the unprepared Indian army.

Read Here – The Lowy Interpreter

All The President’s Eunuchs

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been methodically purging his closest and longest-serving advisers. The latest – but surely not the last – victim is Sergei Ivanov, a former KGB operative (like Putin himself) and defense minister who has just been forced out as Kremlin chief of staff.

Read Here -Project Syndicate

Why Is China Building A New Silk Road?

There are strong commercial and geopolitical forces at play here, first among which is China’s vast industrial overcapacity – mainly in steel manufacturing and heavy equipment – for which the new trade route would serve as an outlet. As China’s domestic market slows down, opening new trade markets could go a long way towards keeping the national economy buoyant.

Read Here – World Economic Forum

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