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C. Raja Mohan

C. Raja Mohan is Director, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, and contributing editor on foreign affairs for 'The Indian Express'.

Global coalition of democracies, amid China’s assertion, could open a range of new possibilities
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

While India must pay close attention to the unfolding China debate in the US, it must also note the structural changes in American engagement with China over the last two decades.

For India, costs of neglecting new Arabian business are far higher than a lost railway contract in Iran
Tue, Jul 21, 2020

India is no minor economic force in the Arab world, having had a much longer engagement with the region than China. Instead of defining an unrealistic competition with Beijing, Delhi must up its own commercial game in the Arab world.

Delhi should set itself a political challenge — to decisively turn Britain in favour of India
Tue, Jul 14, 2020

As Britain recognises that China can’t be the anchor of its post-Brexit foreign economic and strategic policies, Delhi has a huge opening to restructure its relationship with London

China’s hegemonic ambitions mean that Beijing’s focus is now on building Chinese century
Tue, Jul 07, 2020

In an unfortunate paradox, the phenomenal rise of China may have created the very conditions for the demise of the Asian century. That China has become far more powerful than all of its Asian neighbours has meant Beijing no longer sees the need to evoke Asian unity.

Indian resistance to China’s expansionism would be a definitive moment in Asia’s geopolitical evolution
Tue, Jun 30, 2020

If Delhi comes out of this crisis wounded, its troubles at home and the world will mount significantly. But an India that comes out of this confrontation with its head held high, will find its international political stock rising and its options on China expanding.

Acknowledging Beijing’s rise, scale of challenge it presents, are first steps in crafting a new China policy
Tue, Jun 23, 2020

India must also recognise that China, like the great powers before it, wants to redeem its territorial claims, has the ambition to bend the neighbourhood to its will, reshape the global order to suit its interests.

Growing power differential is what lies behind China’s assertion in Ladakh
Tue, Jun 16, 2020

The ground reality has not been altered by India’s constitutional changes. It is being changed by the PLA’s growing military capabilities and the political will to use them.

China now has the military power to alter territorial status quo
Tue, Jun 09, 2020

The real challenge for Delhi in managing its expansive territorial dispute with Beijing, then, is to redress the growing power imbalance with China.

Modi-Morrison summit can help plug a gap in India’s diplomatic tradition
Thu, Jun 04, 2020

It is only by building a series of overlapping bilateral and minilateral platforms for regional security cooperation that Delhi and Canberra can limit the dangers of the growing geopolitical imbalance in the Indo-Pacific.

Delhi must focus on India’s relations with Nepal
Tue, Jun 02, 2020

It should bet that the logic of Nepal’s economic geography, its pursuit of enlightened self-interest, and Kathmandu’s natural balancing politics, will continue to provide a strong framework for India’s future engagement with Nepal.

As it ponders talks with Taliban, Delhi should focus on complex geopolitics of the Pashtun lands
Tue, May 26, 2020

Those calling for direct engagement with the Taliban say that Delhi can't ignore such an important force in Afghan politics. Opponents say there is no reason for Delhi to join the international stampede to embrace the Taliban.

Unanimous approval of resolution seeking probe into Covid-19 origin and role of WHO will be a setback for Beijing
Tue, May 19, 2020

Whatever the fate of the resolution, the wide-ranging support it has got amidst the vocal Chinese opposition is impressive.

All major economies will be drawn into US-China contestations over international trade
Tue, May 12, 2020

Significant political contestations within the US and between the US and China to reform, reorient or bypass the WTO system are at hand. All major economies will be drawn into this conflict.

South Block is turning the Covid crisis into an opportunity to conduct diplomatic engagement online
Tue, May 05, 2020

The Foreign Office is merely following other professions that are adapting to restrictions on travel across borders and within them by the corona crisis.

Coronavirus crisis delivers yet another blow to political fortunes of Pakistan PM Imran Khan
Tue, Apr 28, 2020

Imran Khan's indecisive leadership in handling the corona crisis may have tipped the scales for Pakistan’s deep state that has always treated the civilian leaders with disdain.

The reversal of the great right-ward drift since the 1980s has begun
Tue, Apr 21, 2020

The corona crisis threatens to write the obituary of global capitalism. It will have a lasting impact on national economic strategies and politics.

China has replaced Russia as ‘the foreign hand’ in American politics
Tue, Apr 14, 2020

As the virus and China move to the top of the US domestic agenda, their impact on Washington’s relations with Beijing is bound to be significant. And unlike Russia, China is far more central to the US economy and a powerful political challenger to America’s global leadership.

With global institutions in turmoil, India needs to be pragmatic and fleet-footed
Sat, Apr 11, 2020

India needs all the pragmatism it can muster to pursue its interests in a world where all the major global institutions — from the WHO to the WTO — are experiencing unprecedented turmoil and are heading towards an inevitable restructuring.

Sovereignty is back. Solidarity is under stress, will need to be reinvented
Tue, Apr 07, 2020

Although all world leaders have acknowledged the global imperative in dealing with the virus, they have put the nation first. Are all nations now for themselves? Not so fast.

Winning the legal argument, China has learnt from history of great power relations
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

The case for China’s culpability is based on the principles of state responsibility and Beijing’s alleged failure to respect the obligation, under the 2005 International Health Regulations, to notify the world on the outbreak of the epidemic.

COVID-19 has sharpened US-China conflict. WHO is caught in the crossfire
Tue, Mar 24, 2020

China has carefully calibrated its rise in UN system. World, including India, must deal with consequences.

Delhi needs a stronger private sector in science in dealing with challenges like corona crisis
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

Coronavirus crisis is an opportunity for Delhi to build on domestic technological capabilities in artificial intelligence, big data analytics, life sciences and health technology in the private sector.

Coronavirus crisis could have lasting impact on global political economy, trigger new equations among nations
Tue, Mar 17, 2020

This crisis could have a lasting impact on the global political economy, trigger new equations among nations

Coronavirus outbreak highlights China’s dominance over pharmaceutical industry
Tue, Mar 10, 2020

Although the slowdown in Chinese manufacturing has disrupted the supply chains of many goods, the impact on the drug industry has helped highlight the national security implications of China’s dominance over the pharmaceutical industry.

India needs urgent and radical reforms in its space sector
Tue, Mar 03, 2020

As it looks at the growing role of the private sector and the effort by nations like the UAE and Luxembourg, Delhi needs to move quickly towards a new model for India’s space activity.