China Watch

China likely to relent on terrorist Masood Azhar?

Is there a thaw in somewhat strained Beijing-New Delhi ties? From available indications China is likely to ease its hard position on the issue of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar within a month after Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale shared "all evidences" with the Chinese leadership in Beijing about the Pakistan-based outfit's terror activities.

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Why China would not want to wage war with India

In the 35 years following the last engagement with Vietnam in 1984, a new generation of PLA soldiers has replaced the veterans, who have never been exposed to the horrors of war.  So there is still less reason why China would want to wage war and risk the raw cadres, writes Sudip Talukdar for South Asia Monitor

Ensuring coastal security: How to avoid a repeat of 26/11

While the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard have increased and maintained their alertness, related agencies from coastal states must do much more to ensure security of their coastal stretches, ports and harbours, writes Anil Bhat for South Asia Monitor

India scaling up defence diplomacy in extended neighbourhood

Keeping regional security in mind, India has scaled up its defence cooperation with its extended neighbourhood in the last three years under New Delhi's Neighbourhood First, Act East and Look West policies.

A major boost to India-US defence ties

The growing defence and strategic ties between India and the United States got a major fillip when resident Donald Trump signed the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA) that seeks to counter the growing Chinese influence in the Indo-Pacific region.

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