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Rajaram Panda

The writer is ICCR India Chair Visiting Professor at Reitaku University, Japan

Flashpoint in Taiwan Strait worrying

Sunday, 27 May 2018 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

Taiwan has urged the US to defend the island in the event of conflict with China. Taiwan’s National Defense Minister, Yen The-fa, fears that the Taiwan Strait could replace the Korean Peninsula as the hottest flashpoint in the region Like the South China Sea, the Taiwan issue is another flashpoint where...

The relevance of Japan-South Korea-China trilateral summit

Sunday, 20 May 2018 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

The common viewpoint between the countries was to explore the process of denuclearising North Korea Amid the euphoria generated first by the summit meeting between South Korean leader Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on April 27, the focus has now shifted to another bigger event to take place...

Trump-Kim summit and Japan's dilemma

Sunday, 25 Mar 2018 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

The domestic variables of Japan and the dynamics of domestic politics impinging on the nation's external situation seem to have been overlooked, writes RAJARAM PANDA While the world media has gone agog on the prospect of a summit meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "by...

Quang’s visit to India deepens ties

Sunday, 11 Mar 2018 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

India-Vietnam relations scaled another height with the successful three-day visit of Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang to India from March 2 to 4, 2018, during which some important agreements were inked. Even before Quang landed in India, it had transpired that defence and trade were to top agenda. This was...

‘Political gold’ at PyeongChang: Who’s the winner?

Sunday, 25 Feb 2018 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

Kim Jong-un’s master stroke was in sending his sister to Seoul, where she invited Moon to visit Pyongyang for a summit meet, says Rajaram Panda The North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un staged a diplomatic coup by responding to South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s invitation to send a delegation to the PyeongChang...

Despite differences, Japan and China crave peace

Sunday, 11 Feb 2018 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

A history of mistrust clouds Japan-China ties. Despite the bad blood, Japanese Foreign Minister’s recent visit to China proves there’s still some hope, says Dr RAJARAM PANDA Despite strong economic fundamentals in the Japan-China relations, there are several other problems — historical, political and territorial — that remain as constant irritants...

From look East to act East

Sunday, 14 Jan 2018 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

During the past three and a half years that Modi has been in power, it is not difficult to see the extent of understanding India has achieved in the political, economic, and strategic domains vis--vis the region Ever since India launched its Look East policy in the 1990s following liberalisation of...

Shinzo Abe aims to fulfil unrealised dreams

Sunday, 31 Dec 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

The Prime Minister’s dream to create a ‘beautiful Japan’ could be near realisation if his policies are implemented and executed as planned, says Rajaram Panda Though it is difficult to predict the destiny of a country for the next five years or so, it could be possible to foresee the trends...

South Korea upbeat to host PyeongChang Winter Olympics

Sunday, 17 Dec 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

South Korea is keen that its Northern neighbour shows a bigger heart by keeping away all its nuclear activities and takes part in the Games, says Rajaram Panda Amid all the tensions stemming from North Korea’s nuclear tests and missile firings at regular intervals in recent months, South Korea is defiant...

Expanding connectivity via Chabahar Port

Sunday, 10 Dec 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

Development of this port makes huge economic and strategic sense for India as it wants to bypass Pakistan, which does not allow transit of Indian goods through its territory, says Rajaram Panda The outreach initiative of the Narendra Modi Government covering almost all continents of the world — Asia, Africa, Europe,...


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