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Quad needs a security thrust to restrict China

Securitisation’ of regional partnerships is the only hope. Otherwise, China will keep squeezing adversaries until the world order is remade as per its wishes.

FILE- Leaders of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) from left to right, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, U.S. President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, pose for photo at the entrance hall of the Prime Minister's Office of Japan in Tokyo, Japan, May 24, 2022. The Indo-Pacific strategic alliance known as the Quad, has repeatedly accused China of flexing its military muscles in the South China Sea and of pushing its maritime territorial claims. The navies of the four countries regularly hold drills seen as part of an initiative to counter China's growing assertiveness in the Pacific.(Zhang Xiaoyu/Pool Photo via AP, File)(AP)
Published on Apr 04, 2024 09:50 PM IST

Navalny’s death, a crisis moment for democracy

For democracy to return, the prerequisite is the democratisers must stay alive.

Rain drops cover a portrait of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.(AP)
Published on Feb 29, 2024 10:06 PM IST

US preoccupation with Iran is to China’s benefit

American strategic wisdom has been elusive thus far, but it is direly needed.

HT Image
Published on Feb 08, 2024 09:51 PM IST

Mapping India’s rise as a civilisational State

The ultimate message of Why Bharat Matters is that India must be accepted for what it is, not forced to fit into straitjackets that benefit other agendas

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar(ANI )
Updated on Jan 10, 2024 10:15 PM IST

Israel requires a fresh approach with Palestine

Executing an all-out war on Hamas is not going to once and for all resolve Israel’s fundamental insecurity, which has a structural character.

Palestinians inspect damages in the aftermath of Israeli strikes in Gaza City on October 9.(Reuters)
Published on Oct 09, 2023 12:36 PM IST

IMEC promises a new model of globalisation

The beauty of IMEC is that it contains something attractive in it for all eight parties that have signed the founding Memorandum of Understanding

US President Joe Biden, Saudi Arabian PM and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and PM Narendra Modi seen during the launch of the India-Middle East-Europe economic corridor.(AP)
Published on Sep 18, 2023 09:25 AM IST

Facing China at Brics, India stands its ground

India's growing economic potential and favourable global strategic environment position it as a rising power within Brics and a challenge to China's dominance

The Johannesburg summit revealed how far India has come on the international stage(via AFP)
Published on Aug 24, 2023 09:33 PM IST

Exercise caution on plans to expand Brics

A measured and gradual process of expansion for Brics is advised for the survival and effectiveness of the institution.

India is cagey about Brics’ expansion which lets China gain the upper hand in decision-making and agenda-setting.(Reuters | Representational Image)
Published on Aug 02, 2023 10:06 PM IST

NATO expansionism could seed instability

Sweden's entry into NATO, following Finland's membership, has further encircled Russia and extended NATO's presence along Russia's western borders.

Prior to the Ukraine war, Russia’s land border with NATO ran up to 754 miles. (REUTERS)
Published on Jul 16, 2023 01:21 PM IST

Wagner’s attempted coup flags risks for Russia’s strongman

What exactly is Wagner and how did it rise to the stature of a parallel authority in a country where power is supposed to flow from the top?

The shortlived mutiny of the Wagner paramilitary group against Russia’s military establishment briefly raised fears of a coup d’etat or civil war, and was mysteriously aborted later through backroom deals.(REUTERS)
Published on Jun 26, 2023 10:14 AM IST

India-US defence ties can be a game-changer

Deepening India-US ties lay a favourable balance of power in Asia and keep a check on authoritarian China’s push for hegemony in the Indo-Pacific

If the new India-US defence industrial roadmap fulfils its potential, it will have far-reaching strategic effects(HT File)
Published on Jun 07, 2023 09:22 PM IST

G7 and Quad are finally taking China head on

The G7’s launch of a new “Coordination Platform on Economic Coercion” is aimed at China’s predatory practices

The G7 and Quad are finally putting the brakes on China so that the Asian country will not be allowed to remain the only game in town(PTI)
Published on May 23, 2023 08:16 PM IST

Pak’s terror factory is exposing SCO’s limits

The global history of terrorism shows how it has metastasised in a context of geopolitical rivalries and divisions which override shared multilateral interests

The gap between Pakistan’s words and deeds was so stark that India’s external affairs minister S Jaishankar had to call out Bhutto as the “promoter, justifier and spokesperson of a terrorism industry”, and remind SCO peers that “taking our eyes off this menace would be detrimental to our security interests”. (ANI)
Updated on May 06, 2023 07:38 PM IST

India’s re-emergence as a leader of global Buddhism

India’s keenness to propagate Buddhism is in keeping with its legacy as the fountainhead from which the teachings of the Buddha spread worldwide.

PM Modi at Global Buddhist Summit in Delhi on Thursday.(ANI)
Published on Apr 20, 2023 06:50 PM IST

India-Russia ties are facing a long-term conundrum

A new foreign policy concept released by Russia on March 31 reveals the direction of Putin's thinking.

The problem here is that Putin wishes to club China and India together as part of a united front to counterbalance the West, but Beijing and New Delhi have their own distinct policies that do not coincide with Moscow’s worldview. (Reuters)
Published on Apr 06, 2023 07:28 PM IST

The glaring paradox of Xi Jinping as peace mediator

It is ironic that the same China embarking on ambitious behind-the-scenes diplomacy to douse flames in distant geopolitical flashpoints — Iran and Saudia Arabia — is unwilling to resolve its conflicts with its neighbours.

Xi believes in establishing a Sino-centric regional system where there will be order under Chinese tutelage rather than a community of equal sovereign States. (AFP file)
Published on Mar 16, 2023 07:24 PM IST

How India can expand Hindi’s global footprint

For Hindi to be internationalised, a precondition is to domestically affirm it within India.

Given that Hindi is the first, second or third language of at least 57% of Indians, the government has taken steps to counterbalance elitist English primacy over Hindi. (Pixabay)
Updated on Feb 26, 2023 08:06 PM IST

Controlling gun crimes needs social reset in US

Compared to democracies such as Australia, Britain, New Zealand and South Africa­, which had gun massacre incidents of their own but managed to legislate and reduce the supply of weapons, the US is more extreme in terms of corporate power, social fragmentation and ideological schisms

This chronic failure to regulate availability of assault weapons, despite the mounting toll of victims and the psychological grief, is a function of excess free market capitalism, ideological polarisation and the lingering effects of centuries of slavery and racial discrimination (AFP)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 09:52 AM IST

Getting to peace in Ukraine needs wisdom

The Orthodox Christmas ceasefire experiment collapsed, but it was a revealing moment that hinted at exhaustion and showed how bravado does run out of steam in long-winded conflicts. Seizing such moments with wisdom in the future will eventually open the pathway to peace.

Plumes of smoke rise from a Russian strike during a 36-hour ceasefire over Orthodox Christmas declared by Russian President Vladimir Putin, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, from the frontline Donbas city of Bakhmut, Ukraine, January 7, 2023. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 08, 2023 07:52 PM IST

Navigating a world of all-round weaponisation

In the era of all-round weaponisation and breakdown of universal globalisation, statecraft has its task cut out to attend to constructing politically friendlier networks or clubs. In times of intense crisis, the risk of even friends turning selfish remains. But friends will at least not intentionally weaponise resources against each other

The phenomenon of weaponisation of a range of goods and services such as food, fuel, electricity, finance and shipping has stood out during the Russia-Ukraine war. (AP)
Published on Dec 25, 2022 08:37 PM IST

After Tawang, prepare for more Chinese aggression

China is taking the gloves off and indicating it is ready to use force to impose its ever-expanding claims and preferences on neighbours.

Given Xi’s megalomaniacal and hardline mindset, worse may be to come and we should mobilise as a nation for a sustained struggle. (Reuters)
Published on Dec 14, 2022 07:13 PM IST

Three top priorities for India as G20 president

India’s G20 presidency, with its emphasis on the needs and claims of the global South, has to deliver a G20 development deal that addresses the concerns of weak and poor nations with no seat at the table

The global economy’s slump has to be arrested through concerted moves by the G20, which has demonstrated crisis-fighting skills in the past. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 24, 2022 08:56 AM IST

As Brazil turns Left, will the new era of socialism last?

Socialism, which lost steam after the first pink tide subsided and gave way to conservative regimes a decade ago, now has a second lease of life.

Lula has proclaimed that “there are not two Brazils. We are a single country, a single people.” (AFP)
Published on Nov 01, 2022 08:28 PM IST

Xi’s quest to solidify his power poses grave risks to the world

The biggest danger is Xi’s excessive personalisation of power. With internal checks and balances extinguished, the fate of the Chinese people rests on Xi’s judgment.

Since his advent in 2012, Xi has stamped out dissent with systematic ruthlessness, reminiscent of his role model Mao Zedong. (AFP)
Published on Oct 20, 2022 07:41 PM IST

Ukraine: Putin is in an unwinnable quagmire

There seem to be few corrective mechanisms within Russia to compel Putin, who has dominated his country for 22 years, to change course and beat a retreat

From his labyrinth in the Kremlin, Putin does not see Ukraine’s spirited armed resistance to Russian occupation as the real problem. Rather, as his defence minister Sergei Shoigu puts it, Russia is at war “not so much with the Ukrainian army as it is with the collective West.” In Putin’s narrative, Ukrainians have become “cannon fodder” or proxies being exploited by the West to break up and tie down Russia. (AP)
Updated on Sep 23, 2022 06:24 PM IST

Why US-China tensions may lead to strategic instability

The expectation that Washington and Beijing will compete hard but manage tensions below a certain threshold is still valid, but it is hanging by a thread.

People walk past a billboard welcoming US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in Taipei, Taiwan. (AP)
Published on Aug 03, 2022 09:08 PM IST

The China-Pakistan alliance may lead to more violence, terror

The investments that China has already sunk into CPEC and its strategy of ensuring India is kept under check in South Asia mean that Beijing will keep ploughing ahead to take over Pakistan inch-by-inch

Police adjusts crime scene barricade tape at the blast site a day after a suicide attack on a van near the Confucius Institute, Karachi, April 27, 2022 (AFP)
Updated on May 04, 2022 08:40 PM IST
BySreeram Chaulia

Countering China’s ‘infowar’: India must think and act sharper

Playing defensive is not a losing strategy. But India must display intent that it can also bat on the front foot in emerging domains such as ‘informatised warfare’

If India’s armed forces have undertaken physical counter-offensive manoeuvers against the PLA along the border, why not unleash Indian cyber warriors to deflate China’s inflated hyper-nationalistic self-image and fuel already simmering domestic dissent among Chinese netizens about their government’s non-transparency? (AP)
Updated on Jan 09, 2022 08:51 PM IST
BySreeram Chaulia

A century later, the Chinese Communist Party is at the crossroads

When Mao’s PRC was established in 1949, it was through such a bloody process against all odds that the new State’s outlook was militaristic and hostile

Chinese President Xi Jinping. (File photo)
Published on Jun 30, 2021 04:34 PM IST
BySreeram Chaulia

Decoding the Washington-Moscow-Beijing triangle

With the presidency of Donald Trump not delivering relief to Russia despite ardent hopes in Moscow, Putin accelerated military and economic cooperation with China to demonstrate that he had other options

Representational image. (AFP)
Updated on Jun 22, 2021 06:13 AM IST
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