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Anurag Viswanath

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Taming the Dragon: What works for India when it comes to dealing with China

Be it Europe or Asia, there is one commonality that underpins relations with China—ambivalence and pragmatism.

Hanoi Summit: Will the economic hook open the diplomatic window?

The 2019 North Korea-US Hanoi Summit highlighted that the US has the proverbial wild card— the promise of economic boom that may open a diplomatic window and shape future negotiations.

Dragon in the room: China’s technology strides augur well for developing world

There are allegations that China’s practices force foreign companies to part with technology—a backhanded intellectual theft that has been at the heart of the China-US discord. There have been ethical concerns, too (the 2

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Is China witnessing a backlash of departure from moderniser Deng Xiaoping’s dictrums?

China’s command economy has returned through the backdoor, with the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the state’s effort to pick and promote private enterprise such as information and communications giant Huawei, telecom

Book review: ‘What China and India Once Were’ by Sheldon Pollock and Benjamin Elman

A vast body of works that takes the reader back and forth in time, gazing at the two neighbouring countries through the prisms of history, literature, science, art, politics and much more.

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Japan’s historical muddle in Northeast peninsula: Naomi Osaka, Denny Tamaki, Priyanka Yoshikawa open Pandora’s box

Japan’s Naomi Osaka, Denny Tamaki and Priyanka Yoshikawa open a Pandora’s box.

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Japan-North Korea relations remain in a freeze – Shinzo Abe seeks an evolution of Yoshida Doctrine

Shinzo Abe seeks an evolution of Yoshida Doctrine. Abe has made constitutional revision high on the agenda, seeking the ‘birth of a new Japan’ before it hosts the 2020 Olympics.

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ comes to town: Based on the best-selling novel Crazy Rich Asians

Beyond the chaff of class, riches and the fluff, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ comes across as a reminder of the possibilities and choiceful learnings from Singapore’s economic transformation.

The return of Mahathir Mohamad: Malaysia leans on Japan

As a major ASEAN and regional player, actively reaching out to Japan, re-examining Chinese investments, and being upfront on the South China Sea, Mahathir Mohamad has onset a change in the region—still being tested, but one

Trump-Kim summit: China caught off-guard?

As Singapore prepares to host the leaders, it is still unknown whether the US will foot the bill for the North Korean leader’s trip and if the North Korean delegation will travel using the (old) Soviet-made Ilyushin Il-62 o

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China’s Social Credit System: Big Brother is watching

SCS may be understood as the ‘reset’ of China’s infamous yesteryears’ dossier. But what is the dossier? Indians may connect with China’s dossier with reference to the ration card, much needed (back then) for a telep

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Sino-Indian Relations: India’s China policy is no longer adequate

Wuhan, a city on the banks of the Yangtze river in hinterland China, far from the country’s prosperous ‘golden coastline’ of Shanghai and political capital Beijing, is a city pregnant with metaphor. In 1966, it was in W

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Xi’s new era: He has reversed the equation by seeking economic revival in the political mandate

China’s president Xi Jinping has a successor—himself. With this, Xi has re-stated the old dictum—now, political mandate is the basis of the economic mandate.

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Why America’s Indo-Pacific vision is no cakewalk

It envisages a “connected and cooperative region stabilised by a durable balance of power.” India, like others, is getting on-board, but living the Indo-Pacific dream is not easy, with irritants along the way

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Why ‘Act East’ will work when ‘Look East’ did not

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

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China and democracy: Xi Jinping has extraordinary mandate, but fate of ‘5th modernisation’ there remains elusive

It took one young, bold man in China to sharpen the wisdom of China’s legendary moderniser-par-excellence, Deng Xiaoping.

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China rising, but it can’t match up to American power; see why that is

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

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Xi Jinping’s thought raised to level of Mao, but Deng may have the last word – the wisdom of future generations may decide status

‘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 Jinping enthralls with American Dream in China, but all that glitters is not gold

Xi’s China enthrals us as a flying economic phoenix, all fairy golden feathers—but all that glitters is not gold.

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Decoding handshake at BRICS: Not Doklam standoff, in the Chinese scheme of things, it is North Korea and FONOP at centrestage

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 be

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Doklam tussle: How India can change the equations against China

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.

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Needs of India, overcapacity in China are complementary, but there is a dangerous mix in it too

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 high

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With future uncertain, will it be a happy ending for China- Hong Kong?

China is celebrating 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return today, even as the future is uncertain.

China gears up for its mid-term polls, the 19th Congress

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

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Critical location of Korea, makes zero-sum game untenable

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.

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For China, which is riding the North Korean tiger, getting off isn’t easy

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’, China cuts no ice with India, but are such investments elsewhere paying dividends?

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

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