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The ongoing conflict and tensions in the South China Sea (SCS) are showing no signs of ending. Rather, a series of incidents on May 25 led the G7 to express concern over China's assertiveness in the East and South China Sea where Beijing has disputes with Japan, Taiwan and several South-East Asian nations.


A more politically and militarily aggressive China claims sovereignty over virtually the entire South China Sea (SCS) and all islands and other features located in it. China has declared the SCS to be a core interest worth fighting for, along with Tibet and Taiwan.


Despite the argumentative chaos of Indian democratic life, where his proponents and opponents continue to slug it out, Narendra Modi is widely seen abroad as a leader who signifies energy and hope for an aspirational India.


ndia is now trying to fast-track long-pending plans to bolster its military presence in island territories on both the western and eastern seaboards to ensure it can keep a hawk-eye on the rapidly-militarising Indian Ocean Region (IOR), as well as protect its huge maritime interests there.


Given that India has formally applied for membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) – whose members alone can export nuclear technology and fuel – it’s only natural for New Delhi to enhance coordination with South Korea.


Where the Taiwanese need India for making strategic and economic manoeuvres, India also needs Taiwan to push its ‘Act East Policy’ and further its strategic heft against China in East Asia. Taiwan could help India in its new programs like ‘Make in India’ and developing ‘smart cities’. It’s time for the Indian government to let go of its ambiguity, writes Namrata Hasija for South Asia Monitor.


As China moves to further entrench its presence in this part of the world, it would take greater global cooperation to contain what could become an imposing maritime presence of the Chinese, writes Divya Kumar Soti for South Asia Monitor.


The image of the invincible Chinese dragon has now and then taken beatings. Consider the visit of the Chinese President Xi Jinping to India in 2014.


According to the Pentagon’s recent annual report to the US Congress, China has bolstered its defence capabilities and force posture on the disputed border with India. This has raised the question: Why and how must India respond? Building defence force does not mean much since China has mobile, hard-hitting regular forces, which, in large numbers (about 32 divisions or 400,000 troops in two to three weeks) can be brought to the Tibet Autonomous Region with road, rail and air-lift capabilities.


During his election campaign, Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines was often compared to Donald Trump. Like the Republican Party’s presumptive candidate, Mr. Duterte ran a divisive, anti-establishment campaign built around a strongman image. His contempt for law, threats to “shut down Congress” and pledge to send the army and the police to kill criminals had all revived memories of Ferdinand Marcos’s brutal dictatorship, brought to an end by a “revolution” in 1986. Mr. Duterte’s victory in the presidential elections by a clear margin, has thrown the future of the Philippines into uncertainty. 


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