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The Implications of India’s RCEP Withdrawal. India has announced that it is pulling out of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations, with Prime Modi claiming that the negotiations did not reflect the RCEP guiding principles

New Era for China-Russia Relations.  The strategic partnership between Russia and China has been fortified by a keystone improvement in their energy cooperation, following the official launch of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline.

The India-China Competition Over Infrastructure in Asia.  India’s operational control over Iran’s south-eastern port of Chabahar is key to secure its economic and strategic interests in a region where China’s influence is rapidly increasing.

India and Australia: Reciprocity, Mutuality and Promise.  The first draft of India’s Australia Economic Strategy (AES) offers the potential for greater coherence, consistency, and the promise of much deeper engagement between two countries that have endured several decades of inertia.

Redesign Fiscal Policy to Fire Up Infrastructure Growth.  India’s infrastructure financing gap is huge and given fiscal resources are limited, the Indian government should scale up investment in rural areas, where 60% of the population lives, through public-private partnerships (PPPs).

China’s Medical Device Industry Looks Abroad.  In the last eight years, Chinese medical devices have moved up the value chain to include higher-tech devices like therapeutic and diagnostic equipment with an increased focus to sell these own devices abroad, especially in Africa.

The Evolution of Chinese Corporate Social Responsibility.   Over the next decade, Chinese businesses are expected to make substantial progress incorporating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues into their decision-making given the rising intolerance to companies to shirking their social and environmental responsibilities.

Time for the Orchestrated Use of Three Different Economic Levers.  A nuanced combination of lower interest rates, fiscal expansion and a cheaper rupee is key to understanding the reasons for the underlying stress and helping the Indian economy recover.

Acting East: India in the Indo-Pacific.  India’s Act East Policy evolved naturally from the Look East Policy as a direct consequence of the nature of China’s rise; the inadequacies of the regional security order in Asia; and India’s own growing capabilities, profile, and obligations. By “Acting East,” India can play a meaningful role in managing China’s rise, incentivising its evolution into a more transparent, market-driven, status quo-oriented, and norm abiding power.

Why the US-China Trade War Could Re-escalate.  The “phase one” trade deal between the United States and China addresses only some of the US government’s concerns, and its remaining demands will be much harder to resolve. But while both America and China have an interest in the success of the open multilateral global trading system, current US policy is undermining that goal.

The Significance of the Recent France-India Maritime Dialogue.  The recent France-India maritime dialogue is an indicator of things of come on the maritime front in the Indo-Pacific. A host of factors are bringing France and India closer in the maritime realm like never before.