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NEPAL: THE CRUMBLING BUFFER

Author: COL US RATHORE (RETD)

Sino-Nepal relations are in the honeymoon phase. These are catalysed by anti-India feelings. China may promise moon to Nepal but its feasibility in economic terms must weighed carefully. India, on its part, should recalibrate its response. Keep the promises and must not try to outdo China by granting largesse or grants. Geographical realities still favour India. All that is required is to tone up the delivery system and address Nepalese concerns with alacrity it deserves.

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QUADRILATERAL PLUS ONE: VIETNAM AS A DETERRENT

Author: DR JAGMOHAN MEHER

India must strive hard to sustain its ongoing proactive pragmatism vis-a-vis Vietnam and position itself as a critical quadrilateral player in the emerging global power equation. A closer military/strategic cooperation between New Delhi and Hanoi would set a template for other quadrilateral members in their bilateral ties with Vietnam.

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BEING CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC

Author: LT GEN KAMAL DAVAR (RETD)

As India endeavours to bring its relations with China on an even keel, it must continue determinedly its relationships with the QUAD. With Japan, it must enhance both its economic and geopolitical ties especially in reaching out to South East Asian nations and to Africa as being planned by both these Asian powers. The ‘Asia-Africa Growth Corridor’ envisaged by India and Japan needs to be accorded its due importance. It is worth remembering that only parity or near parity in Comprehensive National Power is the primary stabilising factor in relations between any two nations.

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CONFLUENCE OF INDIA-CHINA INTERESTS

Author: PROF SANJEEV BHADAURIA  &

COL (DR) MOHINDER PAL SINGH

The urgency in India’s foreign policy is very much evident. Myanmar will play a key role in India’s Act East Policy, if Delhi can counter-balance China’s influence. In order to impel Myanmar into its folds it is time that India understands its present day needs. Myanmar is battling serious internal unrest and the Myanmar government and the army needs to control the rebellious armies of the ethnic groups for which the tatmadaw (armed forces) needs upgradations in its equipment. The new democratic set-up needs to strengthen its democratic institutions. It needs large scale investments in infrastructure and rural development.

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CHAHBAHAR LINK - OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

Author: DR AMIT RANJAN

As the success of Chahbahar lies on India, it should resolutely support Iran instead of falling into any kind of Trumpian trap. The port will extend the reach of India and help it to increase its economic activities in Central and West Asia.

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