Category International Relations and Strategic Studies

Navigating the New Norm: China's Assertiveness and India's Response Reshaping Asian Geopolitics

Navigating the New Norm: China’s Assertiveness and India’s Response Reshaping Asian Geopolitics

On India’s part, it has stood up to the China challenge on several fronts. At the 2024 iteration of Raisina Dialogue, Asia’s premier conference on geopolitics, China featured prominently in the discussions, given that there has been a tense standoff at the border between the Indian and Chinese armies for nearly four years. The clashes between the two armies in Galwan in 2020, which resulted in fatalities of on both sides, is an important turning point in the relations between the two Asian powers. Foreign minister S Jaishankar deconstructed China’s approach in dealing with India. He said that while China tried to change the status quo at the border in the process violating the agreements to which it is a signatory, it was trying to stymie India’s bid to get a permanent seat in the UN Security Council. The minister alluded to China deploying mind games to resolve border issues with India, but that the breakthrough would come about only if other powers were kept at bay. Underlining India’s response to these developments, Jaishankar stated that India would not let a competitor curtail its policy choices, and that his government would look to make use of the international system for the best outcome.
Unlocking Opportunities: India and Mauritius as Catalysts for Investment and Development in Africa

Unlocking Opportunities: India and Mauritius as Catalysts for Investment and Development in Africa

Prime Minister Modi and his Mauritius counterpart Jugnauth inaugurate infrastructure projects, reaffirming the enduring friendship between India and Mauritius. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth jointly inaugurated several infrastructure and connectivity projects in the strategic island nation on 29 February. Prime Minister Modi also recalled his promise given to the people of Agalega island, who have been disconnected from the mainland. He even reiterated the catchphrase ‘Modi ki Guarantee’ in the context of India’s fulfilment of promises even in the context of foreign domains of development as India continues to support the developmental aspirations of friendly people in the Global South while becoming their voice at the global stage. india
Maldives-China Cooperation: Boon or Burden? Examining the Potential Implications for India

Maldives-China Cooperation: Boon or Burden? Examining the Potential Implications for India

Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu has made it clear that he has no intention of bringing Delhi-Male ties from the edge of a precipice. In fact, he has doubled down with a rhetorical escalation after his return from China. Even as his ministers were passing derogatory remarks against the Indian Prime Minister, Muizzu, during his five-day state visit to China last week, described China one of its "closest allies and development partners" and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects as "the most significant infrastructure projects witnessed in Maldivian history."