Studies in Contrast: Abe’s Popular Mandate, Xi Jinping’s Monopoly of Power

  Democracies around the world have commonalities in terms of their approach and consequent connection with the masses or the electorate. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the latest case in point, as he secured a decisive and resounding mandate in Japan’s general election. Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its second-fiddle coalition partner, Komeito, have secured […]

Japan-India Joint Counter-Terrorism Mechanism the Need of the Hour

  The destructive worldview of terrorism and violent extremism needs to be labeled as the “rarest of rare” and worst crime against humanity. The globalization of violent terror with its unparalleled scales and frequency has induced a permanent sense of fear that is unsettling. It only makes it obligatory for nations representing free and democratic […]

China’s Xi Jinping Goes to Party Congress After Embarrassing Doklam Retreat

    Until Doklam happened, from June 16 until August 28, Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission, appeared totally in control, getting his act together almost perfectly. Known to be calculatedly astute, Xi was playing his political cards wisely as he prepared to go into the much-anticipated 19th Chinese Communist […]

Doklam Is Latest Target of China’s Policy of Redrawing Borders, Rewriting History

The tiny landlocked Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan in South Asia is the latest victim of China’s burgeoning revisionism. China’s aggression in Bhutan demonstrates the PRC’s preference for combining military intimidation and stealth economic infiltration in redrawing borders and rewriting history.   Chinese domestic politics, including pressure on the central government to craft a strong Chinese […]

Amid China’s Expansionism, Japan and India Have Obligation to Restore Balance of Power in Asia

  As the G20 Summit 2017—scheduled for this week in Hamburg, Germany—closes in, China is pitching for consensus on the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The focus will be on helping developing countries, especially the African nations, to boost sustainable economic growth, investment, and stability.   China’s policy of injecting […]