South Asia and Beyond

A Strategic Asset Called Andaman & Nicobar Islands

NEW DELHI: For India, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands mean much more than just a union territory. The island chain’s location deep in the Bay of Bengal and close to the Malacca Strait gives India a tactical edge. It gives India the advantage of projecting its military might in the Indian Ocean Region and beyond. […]Read More

A Guide To Contemporary China

Xinjiang Cotton Ban War China is claiming victory against one of the multinationals that had announced a boycott of Xinjiang cotton last year. China’s state-run television channel CGTN reported that the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) had announced the ban last year, which resulted in Xinjiang cotton products being blacklisted. But now it appears BCI has […]Read More

Civil War Fears: ‘Factions Cleaning Grease Off Weapons’

NEW DELHI: This week’s ‘Talking Point’: U.S. President Joe Biden announcing the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Afghanistan before the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Ambassador Amar Sinha, India’s former envoy to Afghanistan, Ex-National Security Advisory Board member, Distinguished Fellow, RIS and Anand Arni, former Special Secretary, who served in India’s external intelligence […]Read More

‘Taiwan Can Help India’s Manufacturing, But India Must Resolve Bureaucracy, Red Tape’

Taiwanese businessmen, scholars and visitors don’t know enough about India, largely because there are no Chinese language publications providing information about various aspects of India, says Mumin Chen, Minister in the Taiwan Representative Office in Delhi. Add to that India’s size and diversity, autonomous state governments, bureaucracy and red tape: result Taiwan’s investment in India […]Read More

Andamans: Should China Fear The Metal Chain?

NEW DELHI: The Andaman and Nicobar Islands give India a distinct advantage due to their strategic location—close to the Malacca Strait, a potential chokepoint for China. Most of China’s oil imports from West Asia via the Indian Ocean pass through the Malacca Strait. Besides, the Andamans give India the opportunity to keep an eye on […]Read More