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Jagannath Panda

India’s infrastructure on cusp between China, AIIB

Saturday, 30 Jun 2018 | Jagannath Panda | in Oped

In his opening speech at the third annual meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Mumbai on June 26, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India is looking forward to a “continued engagement with developmental partners, including the AIIB” for a sustainable infrastructure environment both in India and...

Intellectual investment must be India’s arc in Ulaanbaatar

Saturday, 23 Jun 2018 | Jagannath Panda | in Oped

Dialogues are a prelude to building consensus on decisions and forming directives in international relations discourse. States in international relations use dialogue forums to their advantage not only to put forward ideas through national security idioms but also to mark a new beginning in their respective foreign policy objectives. The...

Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ with Xi in Wuhan

Saturday, 28 Apr 2018 | Jagannath Panda | in Oped

The information is still not in the public domain as to who first proposed this informal one-on-one meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Retaining secrecy without being secret is, after all, part of political diplomacy. Modi’s visit to Wuhan to meet Xi, not vice versa,...

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...


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