As 2013 comes to an end, we draw upon some lessons of this past year, particularly in regards to the concept of "soft power", which is discussed often on this forum and in the Western media. … [Read more...] about Errors of Soft Power, a Year-end Review
Toward a Japan-Anchored Asian Order?
Peter Lee wrote an interesting piece at Asia Times titled "India places its Asian bet on Japan" today regarding his take of India's recent rapprochement with Japan. Before reading this piece, I had regarded Singh's recent trip to Japan as nothing much more than two second-rate power trying to form a second-rate alliance against a perceived first-rate power. But perhaps there … [Read more...] about Toward a Japan-Anchored Asian Order?
‘Green’ protests in India backed by U.S.-funded NGO’s
Interesting take by Russia Today about U.S.-funded NGO's operating in India doing 'green' protests against the country's aim to develop more nuclear power plants. India has shut down some of such NGO's while Russia Today insinuate they specifically targeted nuclear plants under construction by Russian firms. … [Read more...] about ‘Green’ protests in India backed by U.S.-funded NGO’s
India v/s China: We’ve got Facebook! What’ve you got?
An interesting analysis in TIME magazine, to the extent that it tries to be an analysis: The ChIndian Century And don't forget to check out these two accompanying arguments, one for India and one for China: The Case for India: Free to Succeed The Case for China: The Power of Planning I plan to blog about this general issue sometime soon. Right now however, I just … [Read more...] about India v/s China: We’ve got Facebook! What’ve you got?
The Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence
After contemplating a while what to write for Day one of 2011, I thought it worthwhile to simply remind everyone what the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence are. They form the bedrock of Chinese foreign policy. Chinese President Hu Jintao's 2011 New Year's address reaffirmed China's adherence to them: China will develop friendly cooperation with all other countries on … [Read more...] about The Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence