Act East will gather momentum because now there is greater connectivity, better prospect of trade, market and exchange of information. Export-oriented ASEAN will look at India because of India’s emerging market and quality services.
It took one young, bold man in China to sharpen the wisdom of China’s legendary moderniser-par-excellence, Deng Xiaoping.
China is no doubt going from strength to strength and is the most important rising power, economically and militarily, yet when seen relative to American power, it has a long way to go
‘Thought’, ‘theory’ and ‘ism’ have different statuses in China’s ideological hierarchy—it has been Mao Zedong’s ‘thought’ and now Xi Jinping’s ‘thought’ (Deng Xiaoping had a ‘theory’)
Xi’s China enthrals us as a flying economic phoenix, all fairy golden feathers—but all that glitters is not gold.
North Korea’s collapse, its unification with South Korea which has extended the olive branch, or North Korea under the Chinese umbrella … all have deep ramifications for China, and this is where the ‘great game’ is being played, not at Doklam
The economic asymmetry between India—the proverbial ‘caged tiger’—and China is fundamental and runs deep. India’s rise as an economic power can change the equation.
That iconic classic The Little Engine That Could (apparently one of former US president Obama’s favourite) was the story of the brave engine that dreamt big, and scaled heights, motivated not by profit but by something higher—inspired generations across race, cultures and colour.
China is celebrating 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return today, even as the future is uncertain.
President Xi Jinping is readying for the big day, the 19th Party Congress scheduled this autumn. Many if not most, are working overtime to predict its possible outcome. With China—a political system so opaque—no one knows for sure.
Korea, long described as the ‘shrimp among whales,’ has worn the crown of its ‘geographical destiny’ as great powers, the ‘whales’—the US, Japan, Russia and China—intersect here.
Sino-North Korean friendship is “closer than lips are to teeth.” At the same time, for China, which has been riding the North Korean tiger, getting off isn’t easy
In ‘soft-power’ stakes, famously defined by American scholar Joseph Nye (who coined the word) as “the ability to get what one wants by attraction and persuasion rather than coercion or payment,” China has not cut ice with India or where Indians are concerned.
Hong Kong, Asia’s financial heart—a city of skyscrapers and tycoons, real-estate cartels and matchbox housing—doesn’t stop ever, simply because, as they say, “Hong Kong loves nothing more than the colour of money.”
In post-socialist China, with socialism and forced gender parity a thing of the past, out in the open are cases of rape, molestation, domestic violence and the social stigma of “left-over” women
Recently, Ivanka Trump’s daughter Arabella Kushner reciting a Mandarin song became wildly popular on YouTube, seemingly in tune with the spirit of Chinese New Year festivities.
A recent tongue-in-cheek video circulating in China is an imagined future of Beijingers, a response to the notorious smog decried as “airpocalypse” in Beijing and several northern cities in China.
President Rodrigo Duterte, rattled by criticism over extra-judicial killings in the war on drugs, questions American moralising and ambivalence in Asia-Pacific
It was the Cold War situation of the 1940s and 1950s that necessitated American bases, which buoyed the Filipino coffers. But as the Cold War fizzled to an end, so did the relationship
Ma is widely regarded as a global “game changer”. He is the second richest in China, the eighth richest among technology stars and is ensconced amongst 33 billionaires in the world (Forbes, 2016).
The imbroglio in South China Sea is a sign of the changed equation in Asia, where China, not Japan, is rising, and how
Earlier this year, I traveled a few hours north-east of Beijing. Here, the distance between Beijing (municipality) and the coal-belt region of Shaanxi (province) is palpable. The countryside plays…
Though capitalism and socialism make strange bedfellows, it is less known that the largest backer of Disneyland is the Communist Party itself
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.
The massive shift from equality and egalitarianism to income inequality and unemployment considerably gnaw the heart of “Zhongguo Meng”—the “China dream”
The ambitious global highway starts to become a reality, even as some geopolitical hurdles remain
While President Xi Jinping has set out to fashion the China Dream of a moderately prosperous society by 2020, “disappearances” contradicting rule of law, bureaucratic inertia and paralysis affecting reforms, and rampant corruption may create a backlash