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Pointing to the Future

Tokyo and Delhi: Expanding Strategic Collaborations in the Indo-Pacific.  The India-Japan annual summit has underlined the importance of strategic cooperation between the countries and laid out the foundations for a stronger operational strategic collaboration between the two countries.

India, China, and the INF Treaty.  As the US conflict with Russia deepens, both India and China’s partnership with Russia on advanced military systems will come under increasing scrutiny and pressure.

Modi and Abe: Judgement Waits on India-Japan Ties.  Given their strong personal relationship, if both Modi and Abe continue in their positions after the elections in 2019 across both countries, the India-Japan cooperation and implementation of plans should move forward with greater speed.

A Concert of Indo-Pacific Democracies. The India-Japan dyad forming the cornerstone of efforts to pursue wider collaboration in the region serves the goal of forestalling the emergence of a China-centric Asia.

The Myth of China’s Forced Technology Transfer.  With China now second only to the US in terms of paying for foreign technology, it is clear that a large and growing share of technology transfer is not “forced”.

China’s Four Traps.  China’s leaders must navigate complex and conflicting pressures, as they seek to address domestic economic inequalities, manage relations with an insecure and isolationist US, cooperate effectively with the rest of the world, and pursue effective climate action.

The Limits of China’s Charm Offensive.  If China wants to secure reliable allies across East Asia to withstand strategic conflict with the US, it will have to make far greater concessions on security issues.

China Engages ASEAN to Build Mutual Trust. The recent China – Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) maritime excercises are of considerable significance as they demonstrate China’s keenness to boost ties with the ASEAN on security issues.

The Cooperative Rivalry of US-China Relations.  China and the U.S. both currently face transnational challenges that are impossible to resolve without the other, which makes the current US-China relations a “cooperative rivalry” rather than a Cold War.

Incentivizing Private Sector R&D in India.  While India has experimented with tax and economic policies to stimulate home-grown innovation, its restrictive eligibility rules compared to other jurisdictions may mitigate against India establishing itself as an attractive R&D destination.

Lack of Political Will Behind India’s Agrarian Crisis.  The long-term solution for the Agricultural sector is not by political parties offering loan waivers to farmers but by governments making serious investments in agriculture to make it viable, along with a price support mechanism which takes care of the market inefficiencies.

Beijing’s Online Gaming Clampdown.  The Chinese regulators concerns over gaming’s addictive qualities and its impact on the health of the nation’s young people, have resulted in no new games being approved from March this year. This crackdown on the sector suggests a major slowdown for gaming companies in the world’s largest gaming market.

Feminism and Femininity in Xi Jinping’s “New Era”.  The Chinese government has tightened its censorship of feminist ideas and activism over the last year in line with President Xi Jinping’s ongoing campaign to “reinforce traditional family values”.