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Cadence Column: Asia, March 11, 2019


China doesn’t get the message, likely because China is too self-absorbed in its own culture. Detaining Canadians will provoke Canadians to support action against China to have the detained Canadians released—even supporting military action. When the US and China finally officiate their conflict, Canada may join the fray, all thanks to Beijing belligerence. The Western … Continue reading

US-India hybrid war against China-Pakistan


When it comes to economic breadth and technology innovation, the Unites States is clearly the winner. The incredible US historical credentials across all disciplines have allowed it to dominate the world. It is instilled in the Americans’ DNA that they are a nation, which is hard to match and impossible to beat. If there is … Continue reading

Is Modi joining the Indo-Pacific containment of China, or not?


An informal India-China summit between the two leaders was held on April 27-28, 2018. Although it did not capture much attention of the Western mainstream media, it has signified a decisive, if not yet a U-turn, change to the India-China relationship. Let us have a quick look at the background. Firstly, a 73-day military standoff … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, April 30, 2018


One easy way to understand, at most “anticipate, but at least be unsurprised by developments in Korea and China is the “PDT Symphony Mad Asian Scientist Theorem”. This “Mad Scientist” theorem is not fact and likely untrue, but if applied, events somehow make sense. The theorem is as follows. Let’s say there is a mad … Continue reading

Duterte in between China and Quad


“Australia, the United States, India and Japan are talking about establishing a joint regional infrastructure scheme as an alternative to China’s multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative in an attempt to counter Beijing’s spreading influence …” reported by Reuters on Feb 19, 2018. These four countries are commonly referred to as the “Quad”, the driving force … Continue reading

Competition for Maldives between India and China: a “Global Threat”?


“Trouble in Maldives Paradise could become a Global Threat: A power struggle in the tiny nation could pull India and China into conflict”, says The New York Times Editorial on Feb 11, 2018. Is it really so? Imagine you were the government leader of Maldives which, according to many scientific reports and actual measurements, is … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, October 9, 2017


Taiwan publicized reports that China was pushing for its dream of reunification through many venues and in many nations. The fact that China works so diligently through aggressive diplomacy further indicates that the “military option” being less than preferable with North Korea carries some continuity with China’s policy concerning Taiwan. That’s not to say it … Continue reading

Comparing India’s Generation Y and China’s Post-80s


If, as what I said last week, most established Indian scholars are still heavily influenced by the Western economic-political theories, thus sustaining a divide between India and China, today we should take a look at the next generation for foreseeing the future. In Nov 2010, an interesting research paper which quoted some data and findings … Continue reading

One of the reasons for the India-China discomfort


The Economic Times, the leading Indian daily newspaper in English with a readership of over 800,000, published an article stipulating “three key reasons why India and China must not go to war at a time like this” on Sep 12. “Moving away from ‘assaulting with stones’ to ‘building with BRICS’ could be the new mantra … Continue reading

India-China Doklam standoff ends when Mexican president joins BRICS meeting


Among various tactical considerations, the two decisive factors that finally helped dissolve the India-China standoff (since June 18) over Doklam on August 28 were Bhutan’s non-belligerent position and, surprisingly, Mexico’s growing interest in the BRICS platform. On Aug 11, at the “first meeting between the two (Indian and Bhutanese) ministers since the Doklam crisis broke … Continue reading

Do not forget Bhutan in the India-China border dispute


The Doklam standoff since 18 June 2017 is getting people worried that a small-scale but very damaging combat might take place as these observers focused on the clash between India and China without looking into the details about Bhutan. The standoff began when around 270 Indian soldiers entered Doklam, a territory in dispute between China … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, August 21, 2017


After President Trump warned that North Korea must never make any more threats, North Korea is making more threats than ever. Trump mentioned Hawaii and Guam in his warning, North Korea mentioned Hawaii and Guam in this week’s threats. Again, another US ship in the 7th Fleet crashed into a merchant ship, the USS John … Continue reading

The Indian film ‘Dangal’ is red hot in China


The Chinese box office of the Indian film ‘Dangal’, which is based on a true story about how a father trained his daughter to succeed as a medal winning wrestler, has since 5 May 2017 recorded a wonderful USD179.8 million (still in release). The Chinese wonders include: [1] It outran the film’s domestic US$84.4 million … Continue reading

China is setting up military bases in Pakistan


China is set to expand its military capabilities across the globe, with new overseas bases in countries like Pakistan, as the world’s largest army seeks an increased role in defending China’s interests abroad, a report by the Pentagon has said. China spent $180bn on the People’s Liberation Army last year, according to the annual report … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, March 13, 2017


Forget Japanese waters, headlines worry about North Korea and Hawaii. South Korea has their own two cents to add over the assassination of Kim Jong-un’s half brother at Kuala Lumpur International. China says that North Korea and the US are like two trains headed on a collision course. China has a kind of “plan” to … Continue reading

Chinese aircraft carrier can sail into Indian Ocean at will, says top US commander


In a direct assessment of the increasing presence of the Chinese Navy in waters off the coast of India, Admiral Harry Harris Jr., the Commander of the United States Pacific Command has said, “I believe India should be concerned about the increased Chinese influence. If you believe there is only a finite amount of influence … Continue reading

China could take leadership role in Paris climate change deal if Trump pulls U.S. out


A U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate change agreement is unlikely to scuttle the international deal, but it could instead see China take on a leadership role, experts say. “I think a lot of it will fall upon the shoulders of China,” said Henrik Selin, director of curricular innovation and initiatives at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, October 17, 2016


China expanded its network this week. The focal point was the BRICS summit. But, China also expanded its network into Space, sending Shenzhou 11 to the Tiangong 2 Space laboratory. Meanwhile, back here on Earth, China’s solar, trade, and finance network expanded into roads with India, fighting terrorism with Russia, and world peace with South … Continue reading

China must be stopped from blocking supply in the South China Sea


Australia and other countries are currently pushing for freedom of navigation patrols in the South China Sea, in response to China’s aggression and illegal claims in the region. For the immediate future, these countries should have a permanent presence in this area to ensure freedom of navigation for international trade vessels and local fishermen. The … Continue reading

Cadence Column: June 27, 2016


China seems to be the talk of town, especially with hitting. China cyberattacks hit the US less, but more strategically, says a study. A hailstorm tornado hit China and killed 98, critically wounded 200 and injured another 600 in a farming and factory village. Chinese bank management hit employees on stage at a training session … Continue reading

Is China still the global manufacturing hub?


Activity in China’s manufacturing industry has been shrinking at a quick pace in the last four years, missing also the market expectations in the last news reported on January. The official purchasing managers’ index (PMI) registered a weak level of 49.4 in January, compared with the previous month’s 49.7 and below the 50-point mark that … Continue reading

The currency dictatorship and China’s action plan


The last time a country decided to dump the dollar in the oil business, the US destroyed it. Now India, the world’s third largest economy, and Iran have agreed to settle their outstanding oil dues in rupees. What’s more, the two countries may conduct all future trade in their national currencies. This follows an agreement … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, January 25, 2016


Since Taiwan’s election, China and the KMT-Nationalists have been largely silent. While the Chinese aren’t spending as much money at home, and while the Chinese economy looks evermore shaky, Xi Jinping has no problem dealing with Egypt or declaring all but war against Israel. Historically, talking ill of Israel is bad political luck. Perhaps China … Continue reading

‘Improving’ US mobile infrastructure may allow Chinese players to join US market


A Huawei executive revealed that it could now possibly collaborate with Tier One US carriers again after regulations on security concerns have eased and improved. However, it is more than and beyond the gradual alterations on the country’s mobile security policies. According to William Plummer, Huawei VP of external affairs for the US market, the … Continue reading

Rising India is vital to allied hopes to contain China


With Australia firmly in the geopolitical mix, no one is publicly talking about China and containment, but all strategies are going in that direction. A recent cover of India Today magazine has Prime Minister Narendra Modi dressed up as Superman, fist outstretched, flying around the planet and restoring his country to its rightful position as … Continue reading

India, US, Japan kick off naval drills likely to annoy China


India, Japan and the United States will hold joint naval exercises each year, Indian government sources said, as the three countries kicked off the first such drills in the Bay of Bengal in eight years, a move likely to concern China. The last time New Delhi hosted multilateral drills in its waters in 2007 prompted … Continue reading

China’s ‘Silk Road’ initiative is at risk of failure


The Silk Road Initiative is the major project for Chinese President Xi Jinping. On every state visit and within every diplomatic forum, he has promoted his idea of “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR). Beijing wants to create China-centred infrastructure networks in order to expand its own economic and political influence in Eurasia. But the time … Continue reading

Why India should reject China’s obsession with bigger, denser megacities


The world is in awe of China’s relentless capacity to produce gargantuan cities, each outdoing the most recent superlative that describes its predecessor. If Shenzhen and Shanghai are megacities, and the Pearl-River Delta a sprawling urban agglomeration, then what should we call the 130 million-strong Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei city-region the government is currently planning? A gigacity? While … Continue reading

China’s meltdown shows the country is out of control


The world’s second-largest economy may be able to stem a financial crisis, but don’t count on it to stimulate the world’s economy. Global stock markets have rebounded after the shock of Black Monday, but worries over the Chinese economy are not over, in fact they are just beginning. The People’s Bank of China’s move on … Continue reading

China wants great power without great responsibility


Forty-three years after Richard Nixon made his famous visit to China, that country has seemingly decided to take a page from the former U.S. president’s Treasury Department. As China lowers the value of the yuan, the country’s economic policy makers are mimicking the blasé attitude of Nixon-era Treasury chief John Connally, who dismissed international complaints … Continue reading

China concerned that India shows no clear interest in the New Silk Road initiative


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: A report on news.sohu.com expresses China‘s concern that India, the largest country in South Asia, still fails to show any clear interest in China’s Silk Road economic Belt and 21st century maritime Silk Road, despite China’s repeated invitations. The projects, … Continue reading

This is what could start a war between India and China


While everyone’s anxiously watching and analysing the events unravelling in the South China Sea, there’s another resource conflict involving China that also deserves attention. In the Himalayas, China and India are competing for valuable hydropower and water resources on the Yarlung Tsangpo–Brahmaputra River. The dispute offers some important lessons for regional cooperation (on more than … Continue reading

China sells eight submarines to Pakistan following France’s sale of submarines to India


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: A report in huanqiu.com quoted a report in the Pakistani Tribune News Network that China and Pakistan concluded a contract this week with China to export eight conventional submarines, worth several billion US dollars, to Pakistan. Pakistan is reported to … Continue reading

International investors are pulling out of China in favour of India because of China’s interference in stock market


The tumult in China’s stock markets has turned into a blessing for Indian shareholders. International investors are pulling out of China, fuelling record outflows through the Shanghai-Hong Kong exchange link, amid a $2.8 trillion plunge in mainland equity values since June 12. They’ve ploughed $705 million into India over the same period, sparking a world-beating … Continue reading

India, Japan and U.S. can shape China’s peaceful rise


Coordination among India, Japan and the U.S. on security cooperation and economic ties are essential because they can fundamentally talk about how they can “shape China’s rise in a peaceful way”, said Nicholas Szechenyi, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow – Japan Chair at the Centre for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS). “India has unique interests … Continue reading

Baby gender inequality set to improve in India and China


The simple selfie stick is turning into a wand of prophetic political propensities due to untiring efforts of its major user…the present Prime Minister of India. In his latest social message to his country people, Narendra Modi, urged parents to post selfies with their daughters. This advice was to give political and social mileage to … Continue reading

India to beat China again as fastest-growing economy in 2016 says IMF


India will be the world’s fastest growing economy for the second consecutive year in 2016 at 7.5 per cent, IMF today said, even as it lowered its current year global economy growth forecast to 3.3 per cent. In its World Economic Outlook Update released here, IMF retained India’s growth projection for current year at 7.5 … Continue reading

China’s new silk road could change global economics forever


Beginning with the marvellous tales of Marco Polo’s travels across Eurasia to China, the Silk Road has never ceased to entrance the world. Now, the ancient cities of Samarkand, Baku, Tashkent, and Bukhara are once again firing the world’s imagination. China is building the world’s greatest economic development and construction project ever undertaken: The New … Continue reading

The Chinese ‘century’ is already over


Last Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry completed a two-day trip to Beijing. The day before, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi wrapped up his three-day visit to Xian, Shanghai, and Beijing. Everyone, it seems, is going to China, implicitly acknowledging that this is indeed its century. In reality, however, the period of Chinese primacy, … Continue reading

India and China- A hope for the future


The India–China relationship has always been troubled, but the visuals of Prime Minister Modi’s visit to China were certainly heartwarming. President Xi returned Mr Modi’s gesture of breaking the protocol to receive him. That aside, 24 deals were signed between the sides. The visit did turn out to be ‘successful’ considering the fact that deals … Continue reading

India plays soft power game in China’s backyard


To those who wonder why Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, was in distant Mongolia this week trying his hand at archery, playing a traditional fiddle and receiving the gift of a racehorse called Kanthaka (after Buddha’s mount), the short answer is: China. Just as a resurgent China fears containment and encirclement by the US and … Continue reading

China announces strategically important Kra Isthmus Canal in Thailand


The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: A memorandum of cooperation among various enterprises on the construction of Kra Canal in Thailand has been signed in Guangzhou China. The canal, located at Kra Isthmus, will enable ships to bypass the Malacca Strait so as to shorten their voyage by 1,200 km. It … Continue reading

China says its military base in Djibouti may harm America’s vital interests in Africa


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: Singapore’s Lianhe Zaobao reported that according to AFP, President Guelleh of Djibouti, a small eastern African country, said that his country was discussing with China the establishment of a base in Djibouti for maintaining China’s navigation security and overseas interests. Guelleh welcomed … Continue reading

Chinese media says India’s economy will surpass China’s


The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: Mil.huanqiu.com says in its report today that according to Indian publication The Hindu’s report on April 29, India is expected to achieve a growth rate of 8%, faster than China. If it conducts further reform and achieves steady faster growth rate, it will certainly surpass … Continue reading

China’s and India’s charity in Nepal has a hidden political agenda


Perched atop the Himalayas, and wedged between the world’s most populous nations, Nepal has always been of strategic importance that belies its small size. Home to one-third of the Himalayan mountains, also known as Asia’s water tower thanks to the rivers that flow down both sides of the range, Nepal has served as a buffer … Continue reading

Future growth of India and China to be tuned by Japan


The gear shift of Asia’s growth in the decades to come is in the hand of Tokyo as Japan is in control of the formation of the emerging India-China-Japan (I+C+J) power structure in Asia. In its “World 2050” research report, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) suggested that “… in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms … India should become … Continue reading

China and Africa forge new trade alliances on ancient routes


Africa Brings New Trade and Challenges to World Economies. China and India’s new-found interest in trade and investment with Africa—home to 300 million of the globe’s poorest people and the world’s most formidable development challenge—presents a significant opportunity for growth and integration of the Sub-Saharan continent into the global economy. These two emerging economic “giants” … Continue reading

India will not hesitate to use naval power to protect economic interest in South China Sea


India has warned that it is prepared to use force to secure its economic interest in the South China Sea. India has placed allegations that Beijing had deliberately hampered its rival oil and gas exploration efforts. As China and India rise economically, their military muscle is growing as well. Both need energy to keep that … Continue reading

United States succeeds in pitting India against China


Some people regard the territorial disputes between India and China as a major issue to exploit in pitting India against China. In fact, the disputed areas give neither China nor India advantage to attack the other as their geological layout facilitates defence. The two countries deploy heavily armed troops there for defence instead of attack. … Continue reading

China’s space program aims at destroying US navy and mining the moon


China’s gifted strategist Sun Tze says in his writings “The Art of War”: Knowing oneself and one’s enemy, one is never in peril in war. Knowing oneself but not one’s enemy, one has a half chance to win and a half chance to lose. Reuters says in its report “U.S. must invest to keep ahead … Continue reading

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