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Don’t Ignore External Affairs

Without a substantial increase in diplomatic capacity, expanding India’s engagements is nearly impossible. The MEA needs higher budgetary allotments, specifically for investing in capacity building in two areas. One, for increasing the number of Missions and Post abroad by enlarging the size of India’s diplomatic corps. Two, for investing in creating specialists who can present India’s case on global issues such as nuclear no-first use, climate change, data protection etc.  After all, an investment in diplomacy has the potential to deliver disproportionate benefits for the Indian national interest.

Read Here – Pragati

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India And Its “Fast Power”

While hard power and soft power are necessary attributes of sustainable power projection by nation states, smart and fast power can help nations, big and small, find their way through or adapt to complex and rapidly changing strategic environments. By acting “fast”, the Modi government can claim it has more than neutralised, in a short period of time, the negative impact of its predecessor’s months of inaction.

Read Here – Indian Express

 

The Bullies of Beijing: China’s Image Problem

One of the elementary rules of foreign policy is when you are in a hole, stop digging.  But judging by their recent behavior, Beijing’s foreign policy mandarins and national security establishment are clearly in violation of this rule. Despite the diplomat heat China has received for its tough stance on territorial disputes in recent months, the Chinese Foreign Ministry apparently seemed to believe that it could strengthen Chinese claims symbolically by issuing a new passport containing a map that claims the disputed maritime areas in the South China Sea and the contested territories along the Sino-Indian border.  The reaction was predictable.  Southeast Asian countries, particularly Vietnam and the Philippines, protested loudly.  India retaliated by promising to stamp visas containing its own map on Chinese passports.

 

Read Here – The Diplomat

 

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