Pointing to the Future in April 2019
Pointing to the Future
India’s Answer to the Belt and Road: A Road Map for South Asia. India is not opposed to infrastructure development in the region, but it is concerned about the strategic implications of certain Chinese-led initiatives.
China’s Risky Gambit on Jaish and Terrorism. By repeatedly blocking a move to ban a terrorist with established credentials and a long record of plotting attacks on India, China may have also risked its business relationship with India, one of the fastest-growing markets in the world.
China’s “South Asia challenge” for the Belt and Road Initiative. China’s South Asia policy has long been centred on maintaining a strategic balance in the region, often pitching nuclear Pakistan against nuclear India. However, of late, there is a growing consensus within the Chinese strategic circles that a politically stable, economically buoyant India has more room to manoeuvre in the field of diplomacy.
India Must Do a China To Avoid a Trade War With the US. The withdrawal of India’s preferential trade treatment has added a note of strain in an otherwise robust bilateral strategic partnership between India and the US. However, as the Chinese have shown, a pragmatic problem solving approach is likely to yield India much greater dividends than an openly confrontational one.
Vernacular India is the Next Big Internet Wave. India’s internet is about to spiral into one of the largest segments in the world. 400 million new consumers will be using the internet for the first time and none of them will be English speaking.
Private Sector Has a Major Role to Play in Indian Healthcare Delivery. With India expected to become a US$10tn economy by 2030, it needs to increase its spend on healthcare as percentage of GDP by adopting cohesive collaboration with private providers for a new healthcare ecosystem.
The Mounting Challenges of a Two-Speed Indian Economy. The sectoral growth rates tell us how the Indian private sector is growing at two speeds right now—one for agriculture and one for the other parts. The two speed economy continue to be one of the central challenges in Indian political economy and has implications for Indian politics, as well as economics, in the months ahead.
China’s Bid for the Heart and Soul of Italy. Italy has officially joined China’s Belt and Road. But at home and abroad, not everyone is happy with the move.
Why America is Losing the Plot in Asia. America’s leading role in Asia has been challenged by the deepening cooperation among Asian states, and particularly the emergence of Asian-led initiatives and institutions to develop connectivity and foster strategic cooperation.
How The U.S. and China Can Compete and Cooperate On Artificial Intelligence. Despite their diverging approaches, China and the U.S. should work together to better capture the benefits of AI while simultaneously reducing its risks, leading to sharing best practices for deploying new technologies and monitoring their use.
A Battle Over Data Is the New Front In the US-China Trade War. The background battle between American and Chinese intelligence agencies for hegemony over sensitive user data is yet another frontier in the ongoing US-China trade war.
The Problem With Xi’s China Model. As Xi Jinping begins his second five-year term as CCP general secretary and (soon) president, there are signs that the new model’s very successes are becoming liabilities.
Australia–India Ties: Closing the Gap Between Intent and Action. Australia’s economic exposure and potential vulnerability to China requires them to diversify its economic risks. Meanwhile, India is undergoing an aspirational shift with rising demand and desire for better goods and services and can match its priorities with Australia’s strengths in varied sectors, going beyond energy, resources, and China.