South Asia and Beyond

Amitabh P. Revi

Russian language speaker and conflict journalist. Amitabh Revi has been there, done that—from the battlefields of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to sublime Russia, Australia and the United States. Along the way he's picked up the Dag Hammarskjöld Distinguished Journalist Fellowship, the Ramnath Goenka award for coverage of the Iraq War and RT's Khaled Alkhateb Award for his reporting from Palmyra, Syria.

‘U.S.-Maldives Defence Deal, Call To Bangladesh PM Send China A Message In Indian Ocean Region’

NEW DELHI: The defence agreement signed between U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia Reed Werner and Maldivian Minister of Defense Mariya Didi on September 10 is “very significant and India couldn’t have asked for anything better,” says Vice Admiral Anup Singh (Retd), former Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command. Speaking […]Read More

Afghan Talks Begin: Taliban Parrots Islam, Govt Proffers Ceasefire, India Clued In

NEW DELHI: The long described Afghan-owned, Afghan-led and Afghan-controlled peace and reconciliation process took off in Doha, Qatar with a Taliban delegation and an Afghan government-appointed team finally sitting across each other. Saturday was the inauguration with talks expected to begin on Monday. “We assure the people of Afghanistan that we will participate in the […]Read More

China’s Reluctance To Restore Status Quo Ante Makes India’s Military Options More Real: Academic Ayesha Ray

NEW DELHI: No mention of returning to the status quo ante in the India-China joint statement is “problematic” because it “leaves India with very few options and the military one is a very real one,” says academic and author Dr Ayesha Ray about the outcome of the meeting between External Affairs Ministers Dr S. Jaishankar and Wang […]Read More

Disastrous Mistake Not To Stay In India, Delhi Opened Doors To Uyghurs Fleeing China: ‘East Turkistan PM In Exile’

NEW DELHI: ‘If we don’t get any help, the Chinese government will wipe us out,” says Salih Hudayar, the ‘democratically elected’ Prime Minister of East Turkistan (Xinjiang). The Chinese Communist party(CCP) has “eliminated over 130,000 enemies, prevented the births of 3.7 million babies by forced abortion and sterilisation, killed between 190,000 and 750,000 people with […]Read More

South East Asia Facing China’s 21st Century Version Of Colonialism: Author And Journalist Elizabeth Becker

NEW DELHI: U.S. President Donald Trump is “completely obsessed with re-election” and doesn’t “understand how the deep Chinese embrace,” of South East Asian countries is “pulling them into Beijing’s womb,” says Elizabeth Becker, award winning author and expert on the region. Speaking to StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi, she says China is “picking […]Read More

Isolation Invites China’s Aggression, Need To Stay Firm And Strong: Japanese PM Abe’s Advisor On Quad

NEW DELHI: To deal with China, you must stay firm and strong, says Professor Tomohiko Taniguchi, Special Advisor to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe’s Cabinet, adding that “isolation is an invitation for aggression.” Speaking to StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi, on Abe’s legacy after he stepped down on August 28 with recurring health […]Read More

India-Japan Ties Will See Continuity, PM Shinzō Abe Will Still Be Very Influential: Ex-Envoy Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa

NEW DELHI: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzō Abe will still “carry a lot of clout” and is likely to anoint his successor, says former Indian Ambassador to Tokyo Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa. There will be “continuity in foreign policy” at least till elections scheduled before October 22, 2021, she told StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi […]Read More

China’s $1 Bn Support To Pakistan No Act Of Charity: South Asia Analyst Michael Kugelman

NEW DELHI: The timing of Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s Strategic Dialogue with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi is “very significant” coming on the “heels of the very consequential spat between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia,” says Michael Kugelman, Deputy Director, Asia Programme at The Wilson Centre in Washington, D.C. Speaking to StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh […]Read More

Whipping Up Nationalism Endangers Chinese Regime, Could Have Terrible Consequences: Columbia Professor Sheri Berman

NEW DELHI: The Chinese dictatorship’s “bargain with its people to give up personal liberties and rights for ever greater economic performance has been worthwhile for a lot of people for a long time but is a very fragile bargain,” says Columbia Professor Sheri Berman. The initial response to the pandemic “was a disaster that flowed […]Read More

‘Thai Protests Won’t Die Down Till Political, Economic, Monarchical Dissatisfaction Dealt With’

NEW DELHI: Thailand’s biggest demonstrations since the military seized power in 2014 (the 12th successful coup since 1932) are because of political “frustration building up among the youth and millennials, King Maha Vajiralongkorn being seen as a pale shadow of his father Bhumibol Adulyadej and a contracting economy during the pandemic,” says Anil Wadhwa, India’s […]Read More

Russia Unlikely To Take Drastic Steps In Belarus, India Cautious To Comment: Ex-Indian Envoy Suresh Babu

NEW DELHI: Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is claiming Russian President Vladimir Putin has “assured him of help in bringing back security,” in the event of an external military threat but Moscow “is not in a hurry to take any drastic steps,” India’s Former Chargé d’affaires Dr T Suresh Babu says. Speaking to StratNews Global Associate […]Read More

India, Maldives Building Physical, Financial Bridges

NEW DELHI: India has announced $250 million in urgent financial assistance through a loan with soft repayment terms to the Maldives. The country’s economy has been ruined by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the two mainstay sectors—tourism and fishing—being badly hit. This assistance will shore up liquidity, ease exchange rate fluctuations and provide the needed budgetary […]Read More

China Cracks Down On Hong Kong Press Freedom

NEW DELHI: Hong Kong businessman Jimmy Lai, other pro-democracy figures and journalists have been arrested in a broad crackdown by China. Over 200 police personnel raided the ‘Apple Daily’ newspaper offices were raided over what authorities allege are charges of collusion with foreign forces. Jimmy Lai’s case is the most high-profile arrest so far under […]Read More

Xi Jinping Is The Problem, May Double Down If Perceived To Be Soft On India: China Expert Bonnie Glaser

NEW DELHI: “What is it going to take to get China to re-calibrate, to rethink its approach?”, Bonnie S. Glaser, Senior Asia Advisor, Centre for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, D.C. looks at options in a conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi. While pointing out that one aspect of American “urgency” to act […]Read More