South Asia and Beyond

A Guide To Contemporary China

Gearing Up For Military Recruitment Military recruitment for the first half of 2022 will start on Feb. 15 and end on March 31, according to the Central Military Commission. Recruitment for the second half of the year will run from August. 15 to September 30. Starting last year, China’s military extended conscription from once a […]Read More

‘India Cannot Trust Pak Or China, Should Not Vacate Saltoro

NEW DELHI: Not a single shot has been fired on the Siachen Glacier after India took control of it through ‘Operation Meghdoot’ in 1984 by foiling Pakistani designs. Recently, responding to a question on whether the glacier can be demilitarised, Army chief General MM Naravane said India wasn’t averse to the idea but the precondition […]Read More

China, North Korea, Russia-Ukraine, Security Top Of Japan-U.S. Talks

NEW DELHI: On ‘Talking Point‘, Tomohiko Taniguchi, Former Special Advisor to Ex-Japan Prime Minister Shinzō Abe’s Cabinet and Professor, international political economy and Japan’s strategic diplomacy at Keio University and Robert A. Manning, Senior Fellow at the Scowcroft Centre for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council of the United States, Former Director, Energy and regional affairs, […]Read More

Why Siachen Matters To India

NEW DELHI: India isn’t averse to demilitarization of the Siachen Glacier, given that Pakistan accepts the Actual Ground Position Line (AGPL) that divides the positions of the two countries, says Indian army chief General MM Naravane. India was forced to take countermeasures on the world’s highest battlefield after Pakistan unilaterally tried to change the status […]Read More

ASEAN Split: Coordinating Responses To China’s Unlawful Maritime Claims

NEW DELHI: On ‘The Gist‘, Bill Hayton, Author of ‘The Invention of China’, ‘South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia’, Associate Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House and Broadcast journalist, BBC World News TV in conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi. This episode discusses Indonesia’s Maritime Security Agency’s invitation […]Read More

How China Forces ‘Fugitives’ Abroad To Return

NEW DELHI: An investigation launched by Safeguard Defenders, a Madrid-headquartered NGO focusing on human rights, has revealed the coercive methods used by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to get hold of ‘fugitives’ abroad. “We want governments to investigate and expose these crimes. Silence against the CCP’s crimes isn’t working,” Laura Harth, Campaign Director of ‘Safeguard […]Read More

‘India Must Hand Hold Industry, Focus On A Few Sectors

NEW DELHI: Little it seems has changed since India imposed restrictions on Chinese imports in the wake of clashes and continuing tensions in Ladakh. The latest figures indicate that India has a $69 billion trade deficit with China. In this conversation on StratNewsGlobal, Prof Biswajit Dhar of the Centre for Economic Studies in Jawaharlal Nehru […]Read More

A Guide To Contemporary China

Buying Virtual Houses China has a real estate boom, but the catch is – it’s not real, it’s virtual. The project is the brainchild of artist Huang Heshan who created TooRichCity. This is a virtual city where prospective buyers are led around by a fictional middle-aged bald man who is not shy about showing his […]Read More

Behind China’s Tibetan Recruitment Drive

NEW DELHI: Recruitment of Tibetans for China’s security forces isn’t new but has gained traction of late. One unit of nearly 100-odd recruits has been deployed in Chumbi Valley opposite Sikkim. Another batch is currently undergoing training and will be deployed in Aksai Chin. In this episode of ‘Simply Nitin’, StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. […]Read More