Cracks in China’s great wall
China’s vulnerabilities are becoming increasingly apparent. The economic miracle of China has lost some of its sheen. Recent reports indicate that the Chinese economy grew at a slower pace than expected in the third quarter of this year amidst a trade conflict with the United States of America and weak domestic demand. In the three months to September, the economy only managed to expand 6 per cent from a year earlier in spite of the Chinese government taking a number of steps to revive the economy. Revising its earlier forecast of 6.1 per cent, the International Monetary Fund is now predicting that the Chinese gross domestic product will grow at a rate of 5.8 per cent in 2020.
RCEP: By opting out of it, India shows that now it fears the world
PM Modi's decision not to join RCEP is an admission that even the prospect of joining a massive regional trade agreement isn't incentive enough for New Delhi to launch deep economic reforms.
India must look beyond ASEAN in regional security
In recognition of ASEAN’s limitations, New Delhi must also continue to strengthen its ties with other institutions, frameworks, and countries as well.
India’s claims to being a legitimate power in cyberspace have come under doubt following two recent revelations
The New EU Guidelines on 5G: Some Lessons for India
In September 2019, the European Union (EU) came up with a set of guidelines1 for the introduction of 5G communication technologies in the member countries. The guidelines are considered essential for security of 5G networks. Cyber security is key for ensuring the “strategic autonomy” of the Union, say the newly launched 5G guidelines.
Economic ties hinge on China addressing strategic concerns
China and India talking RCEP is a good beginning, but there is a long way ahead.
The future of biometrics: Opportunities and challenges
While the use of biometrics has its advantages, countries are only beginning to wrestle with the underlying challenges it poses.
On climate, connectivity, maritime security, India is reshaping the world order
Delhi’s positions on these issues reflect its world view. But domestic economic and political challenges remain.
Stoke demand to stop India slowing down
Even this is optimistic and we could as well be seeing sub 5 per cent growth.
Pakistan’s offensive on Kashmir will persist. India must be ready
Islamabad will deploy all political and diplomatic tools to lobby in the West. But it senses failure.