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Jagannath Panda

India’s Chabahar approach needs grander strategic revisit

Saturday, 14 Apr 2018 | Jagannath Panda | in Oped

Is India facing a new challenge over Chabahar, a port central to New Delhi’s alternative outreach to Central Asia? If the recent statement by Iranian Foreign Minister Javed Zarif welcoming Pakistan and China to become partners for Chabahar port development has any strategic bearing, India needs to rethink about its...

Xi’s ‘new era’ plan reveals Dragon’s global ambition

Saturday, 21 Oct 2017 | Jagannath Panda | in Oped

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s “Socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era” was elucidated at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China held at the Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 19. Listing his 14-point fundamental principles that are central to China’s envisioned socialism, Xi reiterated...

Indian mediation in Korean War

Saturday, 24 Jun 2017 | Jagannath Panda | in Oped

On the occasion of 67th anniversary of the war, India’s forgotten role in Korean War resolution needs a reckoning. In this context, involving India in the Northeast Asian peace process will be instrumental in strengthening India-South Korea relations Some called it an “ideological war” between Communist and non-Communist blocs, some others...

Gauging future of Asia-Pacific economic architecture

Saturday, 17 Jun 2017 | Jagannath Panda | in Oped

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) remains the most attractive free-trade mechanism for regional economic integration after the US withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But how exclusive is RCEP to Asia-Pacific economic integration? Conceding the fact that the prospects of regional economic integration are still in flux, dignitaries and experts...

A much-awaited call on LAC

Saturday, 23 May 2015 | Jagannath Panda | in Oped

Will India and China ever agree on and converge their tractions over the Line of Actual Control (LAC)? The LAC is possibly the most contested aspect in India-China relations, more than any specific territorial claims in their boundary dispute. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to China witnessed the two...

Modi scales great wall of Chinese diplomacy

Saturday, 16 May 2015 | Jagannath Panda | in Oped

Indian PM chose Xi’s hometown of Xi’an in Shaanxi province — rather than Beijing — as his first stop, a diplomatic gesture to highlight the close personal rapport between the two leaders. Xi’an, therefore, stands out as a cultural exchange centre in China’s soft-power diplomacy Cultural diplomacy is a crucial factor...

India’s China policy: Go beyond competition-&-cooperation prism

Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | Jagannath Panda | in Oped

The Tibet episode, the 1962 war and the contrasting developmental courses over the decades have contributed to India's changed outlook. Essentially, India's current perception of China is that it is more a powerful neighbour than a reliable partner. New Delhi needs to emerge with a China policy within a...

Chinese reflections on India’s power of refraction

Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 | Jagannath Panda | in Oped

India is debated, watched and prioritised in the Chinese outlook under multiple prisms. Neither does China foresee the supremacy of Indian power as akin to American power nor as a past power like Japan. India is seen more as a ‘potential power’. This may offer a positive bequest in China’s...

Getting ‘Act East’ right with two Koreas

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | Jagannath Panda | in Oped

India recently decided to abstain from the UN draft resolution voting on the North Korean human rights investigation and to scrap the minesweepers deal with South Korea. Even if these subjects are not very sensitive to India’s overall strategic concerns, these decisions do not reflect well on India’s maturity as...

Partnership, power & patrolling politics

Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 | Jagannath Panda | in Oped

Xi’s India visit following his tour to the Maldives and Sri Lanka broke a conformist signal in Chinese diplomacy that Pakistan is the sole factor in Beijing’s diplomatic tactic to check India’s influence Has the dynamics between India and China entered a new genre of power politics with President Xi Jinping’s...


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