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China Is Paying A High Price For Provoking India

For Xi Jinping, the COVID-19 pandemic – which has preoccupied the world’s governments for months – seemed like an ideal opportunity to make quick progress on his expansionist agenda. But by provoking India, he may have bitten off more than he can chew.

Read Here | Project Syndicate

The Endless Fantasy Of American Power

In this year’s presidential election campaign, candidates have largely sidestepped the role of armed force as an instrument of U.S. policy. The United States remains the world’s preeminent and most active military power, but Republicans and Democrats find other things to talk about.

Read Here | Foreign Affairs

Yoshihide Suga, the low-key son of a farmer who will be named Japan’s next prime minister on Wednesday, is in many ways a policy clone of recently resigned Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. But that doesn’t mean Suga will bring anything like the same effort Abe did to bolstering Japan’s defense capabilities—a transition in Japanese politics both Beijing and Washington will be watching.

Read Here | Foreign Policy

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Can India Transcend Its Two-Front Challenge?

For more than five decades, the Indian military has feared one thing above all else — a two-front war with China and Pakistan. By leveraging its size, military strength, and eventually its nuclear arsenal, New Delhi believed it could deter or manage a conflict with either one of its nuclear-armed neighbours individually. But a collaborative threat from both adversaries would overstretch India’s resources and pose a formidable challenge.

Read Here | WarOnTheRocks

India’s Jaishankar And China’s Wang To Meet As Troops Mass Along The LAC

With the crisis in Ladakh deepening after Indian troops occupied key heights and thwarted Chinese moves in the Chushul sector, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi will meet over lunch in Moscow Thursday to try and dial down tensions on the Line of Actual Control.

Read Here | The Indian Express

The Next Front In The India-China Conflict Could Be A Thai Canal

China’s greatest vulnerability in its strategy to dominate the Indian Ocean—and thereby India—is the Malacca Strait, a narrow sea lane separating Singapore and Sumatra, through which so much marine traffic must pass that it’s both a lifeline for China’s seaborne trade and the main path for its navy toward South Asia, and points further west.

Read Here | Foreign Policy

How Trump And Modi Refashioned The U.S.-Indian Relationship

In many ways, then, U.S.-Indian relations are in better shape than ever. But they are also different from what previous U.S. and Indian governments had envisaged. Above all, they are now much narrower, encompassing a smaller set of issues. Once vibrant exchanges in education, agriculture, and science and technology have atrophied.

Read Here | Foreign Policy

When China Chips Are Down, ‘Diamonds’ In India’s ‘Necklace’ Of Allies Lack Sparkle

Numerous strategic partnerships and security arrangements that India had recently built up to counter China’s growing hegemony and territorial ambitions, have proved futile in all attempts at settling the enduring crisis posed by its People’s Liberation Army (PLA) along the line of actual control (LAC) in Ladakh.

Read Here – The Wire

China’s Xi Jinping Isn’t Adolf Hitler, But He Might Be Kaiser Wilhelm

The comparison between China and Nazi Germany falls down primarily because China can’t yet justifiably carry the stain the Nazis truly earned, but it ought to be borne in mind that the Nazis were what came after the Wilhelmine order was swept away by the reality of Germany’s own strategic and industrial shortcomings.

Read Here – The National Interest

China-India Border Row: No Sign Of Progress As Winter Looms

Military talks on the India-China border row have yielded little progress and Indian troops must be prepared for the “long haul”, according to military and diplomatic sources in New Delhi. The assessment came after commanders from both sides held talks on Saturday – their fifth round since a deadly  clash in June in the Himalayan Galwan Valley left 20 Indian soldiers dead.

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