South Asia and Beyond

China’s Land Grab In Bhutan: Old Playbook, New Playground

NEW DELHI: The Chinese salami slicing tactic isn’t limited to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) about whose alignment India and China have differing perceptions. China has been trying the trick with some amount of success in the tiny nation of Bhutan as well. Both sides have been in talks to settle the boundary but […]Read More

Remembering RN Kao—The Institution-Builder

NEW DELHI: He wasn’t the classical spy who would go behind enemy lines but knew how to get the job done. Many would know RN Kao as the man who founded R&AW, India’s external intelligence agency, but that’s just one of the achievements of the man who was shy and hated the glare of publicity. […]Read More

‘Nobody’s Safe Until Everybody’s Safe’

Italy was the first country to be hit by the Coronavirus pandemic, and after seeing successive waves, has only recently stabilised. In the process, they have learnt a lot about the virus and how to tackle it, and that invaluable experience is being shared with India. For as Vincenzo de Luca, Italy’s ambassador to India […]Read More

A Guide To Contemporary China

No Rush To Get Vaccinated China’s vaccination campaign has by its own admission been slow going. According to government figures valid until April this year Beijing administered 167.3 million doses across the country much lower than the scheduled target of vaccinating 560 million people – around 40% of the population by the end of June. […]Read More

‘Chinese Companies Will Take A Big Hit, India Is World’s

New Delhi: Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras discusses India’s 5G trials, why security concerns are so high for the next generation of telecom and the necessity to keep China out of critical infrastructure. In conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi, the Former Chairman, Telecom Standards Development Society, India(TSDSI) also analyses whether […]Read More

IP Waiver For Covid Vaccines A Long Shot As Too

NEW DELHI: To say that it’s complicated would be an understatement. The jubilation that followed US Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai’s statement that America would be backing intellectual property waivers for coronavirus vaccines, has quickly given way to the realisation that vaccinating everyone will be a long, drawn-out process with no guarantee of success. Why […]Read More

India’s Diplomats ‘More Pro-Active’ Than Ours, Says Imran Khan

New Delhi: Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan praised India, or more specifically Indian missions, for doing their job better than their Pakistani counterparts. In a virtual address to Pakistan’s envoys, the Pakistani PM recalled his own experience as an overseas Pakistani in the ‘80s and ‘90s and stated that the “attitude” of certain ambassadors was […]Read More