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21 OCTOBER 2017

US woos India into 100-year alliance against China

Even as the countdown begins for US President Donald Trump’s highly anticipated state visit to China, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is heading to India next week in a delicate geopolitical balancing act
http://www.atimes.com/article/us-woos-india-100-year-alliance-china/

13 OCTOBER 2017

 China-India relations: Millennia of peaceful coexistence meet modern day geopolitical interests

The China-India dispute over the Doklam plateau and the two states’ subsequent fence-mending at the BRICS summit have brought into focus what will be one of the most important relationships in the future world order
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2017/10/13/china-india-relations-millennia-of-peaceful-coexistence-meet-modern-day-geopolitical-interests/

21 SEPTEMBER 2017

Modi–Abe love affair drives India and Japan closer

As demonstrated by the September summit between Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi, the strengthening of Japan–India ties is continuing apace
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/09/21/modi-abe-love-affair-drives-india-and-japan-closer/

19 JULY 2017

India’s U-Turn on North Korea Policy

India’s new moves to isolate North Korea will reverberate across East Asia
http://thediplomat.com/2017/07/indias-u-turn-on-north-korea-policy/

11 JULY 2017

India-Myanmar: Fast-tracking the Eastward Push

Bilateral relations between India and Myanmar have historically been uneven and contingent on specific leadership approaches on both sides. Under India’s incumbent Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi, this complex relationship has seen renewed commitment within the broader agenda of “Act East” – a timely upgradation of India’s post-Cold War tilt towards southeast Asia and beyond
http://www.ipcs.org/article/india/india-myanmar-fast-tracking-the-eastward-push-5323.html

7 JULY 2017

China’s Xi Jinping and India’s Narendra Modi meet on G20 sidelines amid simmering border tensions

President Xi Jinping met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg on Friday, at a time of heightened tensions ­between the two countries over the worst border dispute in years
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2101742/chinas-xi-jinping-and-indias-narendra-modi-meet-g20
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/g20-summit-amid-stand-off-pm-modi-meets-xi-jinping-in-hamburg-discusses-range-of-issues-brics-4740706/

India, Israel Ink Deal for Air Defense System, Radars, UAVs Worth $4.3 Bln

Indian companies have signed 12 strategic agreements ranging from air defense systems, radars, anti-ship missiles to medium altitude long endurance UAVs in India under technology transfer worth $4.3 billion during the first formal meeting of India-Israel CEOs forum in Tel Aviv
https://sputniknews.com/military/201707071055317827-india-israel-air-defense-system/

4 JULY 2017

Narendra Modi on Tuesday became the first-ever Indian Prime Minister to step on Israeli soil, undertaking a ‘ground breaking’ visit

It’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 66th visit abroad in three years. But it’s a historic first by an Indian Prime Minister to Israel. Less than 11 years after Narendra Modi visited Israel as Gujarat Chief Minister in October 2006, Modi arrived at the Ben Gurion International Airport, to a grand official ceremony and warm embrace by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
http://zeenews.india.com/india/israel-extends-extraordinary-welcome-to-pm-narendra-modi-on-his-ground-breaking-visit-benjamin-netanyahu-says-we-love-india-2021210.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/modi-in-israel-pm-begins-groundbreaking-visit-netanyahu-says-historic-4735601/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/modi-visit-holds-special-meaning-for-indian-jews-in-israel-1.2053280
http://www.newindianexpress.com/opinions/2017/jul/05/modifying-indias-israel-policy-1624455–1.html

27 JUNE 2017

Trump and Modi – American and Indian leaders meet in Washington

US President Donald Trump declared Monday that ties between Washington and New Delhi had “never been stronger” after holding his first meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi
http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/melania-trump-to-join-president-donald-trump-in-welcoming-pm-narendra-modi-at-white-house-10-facts-1717233
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/full-text-pm-modi-us-president-donald-trump-issue-joint-statement-4723678/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/analysis-of-the-indo-us-joint-statement-tougher-on-pakistan-softer-on-china-on-course-for-strategic-partnership/article19153997.ece?homepage=true
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6ndq1Cz6Fc

24 JUNE 2017

Trump approves $2B sale of drones to India ahead of meeting

The Trump administration has authorized the sale of unarmed surveillance drones to India, the manufacturer said Friday, as the two nations’ leaders prepare for their first face-to-face meeting
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/trump-admin-oks-drone-sale-to-india-manufacturer-says/2017/06/23/890fcc18-5878-11e7-840b-512026319da7_story.html?utm_term=.2bc056a2ebd2
http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/as-modi-prepares-for-trump-meeting-us-expected-to-ok-india-drone-purchase-117062300284_1.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2099796/china-and-pakistan-watching-closely-us-gives-india-green-light

21 JUNE 2017

India and the Koreas: Promises and Follow-ups

The erstwhile Look East Policy (LEP) was renamed to Act East Policy (AEP), Apart from more economic and political exchanges, the new policy sought to invoke more strategic and deep-rooted cultural connections of India with these countries. It was expected that the Korean peninsula would also receive more attention
http://www.ipcs.org/article/india-the-world/india-and-the-koreas-promises-and-follow-ups-5304.html

14 JUNE 2017

India and the Fight Against Islamic State

As India confronts the threat within its borders, could it find common ground with the Trump administration?http://thediplomat.com/2017/06/india-and-the-fight-against-islamic-state/

12 JUNE 2017

India deploys warship to monitor marine traffic in Malacca Strait

The Indian Navy has deployed a warship near the Strait of Malacca on a permanent basis to monitor the world’s busiest shipping route from its western edge. The ship was deployed last week and will remain in international waters for a longer period to patrol the area
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201706121054543979-india-warship-malacca/

9 JUNE 2017

India, Pakistan join SCO, China and Russia-led security bloc

Asian rivals India and Pakistan on Friday formally joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a security bloc spearheaded by China and Russia, despite bilateral tensions bubbling over Kashmir
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/209608-India-Pakistan-join-China-and-Russia-led-security-bloc
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170610_01/
http://www.atimes.com/article/bigger-shanghai-cooperation-organization-may-game-changer/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/what-does-shanghai-cooperation-organisation-membership-mean-for-india/article18825646.ece

5 JUNE 2017

India fears Chinese encirclement, citing ‘overwhelming’ Sino presence in South Asia

India fears a so-called ‘string of pearls’ – Chinese ports – essentially surrounding it, with one ruling party figure telling the ABC the Chinese presence is « overwhelming »
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-06-05/india-fears-chinese-encirclement-citing-overwhelming-sino-presence-in-south-asia/1676616

2 JUNE 2017

Indian army successfully test fires nuclear capable ballistic missile Prithvi-II off Odisha coast

India on Friday successfully test-fired the land version of the short range surface–to–surface ballistic missile Prithvi-II from a defence base off Odisha coast
http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2017/jun/02/indian-army-successfully-test-fires-nuclear-capable-ballistic-missile-prithvi-ii-off-odisha-coast-1612026.html

26 MAY 2017

Can India be a game changer in Afghanistan?

At best, India can be a useful ally to the Afghan government. It cannot and does not pretend to be a substitute for the United States. Its best chance for influencing Afghanistan’s trajectory lies in a close partnership with Washington
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/05/26/can-india-be-a-game-changer-in-afghanistan/

24 MAY 2017

Indian cabinet approves policy for strategic partnerships in defence

India on Wednesday cleared a long-awaited policy to boost local defence manufacturing by effectively picking industry champions that would tie up with foreign players and make high-tech defence equipment, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said
http://news.trust.org/item/20170524131341-k4gi9/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/strategic-partnership-model-for-defence-procurements-comes-into-effect/article18572157.ece?homepage=true
http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/defence-acquisition-council-takes-the-right-decision/

11 MAY 2017

Modi in Sri Lanka as Chinese influence rises

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Sri Lanka on Thursday on a charm offensive as New Delhi seeks to reassert its influence on the island amid signs of a Chinese comeback
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/modi-heads-sri-lanka-chinese-influence-rises
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2093985/indias-modi-attempts-woo-back-sri-lanka-china-pushes-belt-and

17 APRIL 2017

India’s Modi wants to lift the curtain on ties with Israel

Ever since India established diplomatic ties with Israel 25 years ago, not a single Indian premier has visited the Jewish state. PM Narendra Modi wants to change it, highlighting the intensifying bilateral partnership
http://www.dw.com/en/indias-modi-wants-to-lift-the-curtain-on-ties-with-israel/a-38455349

15 APRIL 2017

Trump and the future of Indo–US relations

Less than three months into Donald Trump’s term as President, those watching in India are intensely anticipating how bilateral relations will proceed with the United States
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/04/15/trump-and-the-future-of-indo-us-relations/

30 MARCH 2017

Indian State Elections’ Impact on Modi’s Neighborhood Policy

One thing which the most ardent Modi critics would not deny is that he is a risk taker and does not cave in easily. The question on many people’s minds is whether or not he will utilize his political capital for reorienting ties with countries in the neighborhood, especially Pakistan
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/387.html

27 FEBRUARY 2017

Trump’s Foreign Policy: How Will It Impact India?

India’s attention has been on changes introduced by the administration of Donald Trump. They include restrictions on H1-B visas, as well as the US’ attempt to get the UN to impose a ban on Masood Azhar, the head of Jaish-E-Mohammed. The travel ban imposed on seven Muslim-majority countries, as well as Trump’s approach towards China and Japan are also being watched closely in India
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/360.html

15 FEBRUARY 2017

Trump administration to expand India-US military-strategic alliance

The Trump administration has served notice that it intends to expand the Indo-US military strategic alliance. This is not surprising, but nonetheless highly significant
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/02/15/inus-f15.html

25 JANUARY 2017

Trump invites ‘true friend’ Modi in phone conversation

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a phone conversation on Tuesday in which the two leaders spoke of the close ties between the two countries
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/251196607
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/trump-may-find-kindred-spirit-in-indias-modi-another-tough-talking-nationalist/2017/01/25/9a97641e-11eb-4c9f-9b38-a5deab2681d7_story.html?utm_term=.d39ba2c24152

26 DECEMBER 2016

India successfully test fires Agni-5 nuclear capable missile

 India on Monday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-V from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast in Balasore district
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-test-fires-nuclear-capable-agni-v-missile-1.1952048
http://zeenews.india.com/news/videos/top-stories/india-successfully-test-fires-nuclear-capable-agni-v_1961837.html

16 DECEMBER 2016

China upset as Dalai Lama meets Indian president

China expressed dissatisfaction on Friday after exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama met Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, saying it hoped India would recognise the Nobel Peace Prize winning monk as a separatist in religious guise
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-upset-dalai-lama-meets-indian-president

12 DECEMBER 2016

India, Indonesia to promote maritime security cooperation

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have agreed to strengthen their countries’ maritime security cooperation
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161213_01/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/indonesia-india-pledge-closer-maritime-ties

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Reviving the India-Indonesia Relationship

Ties with Indonesia are an under-appreciated part of India’s “Act East” Policy
http://thediplomat.com/2016/11/reviving-the-india-indonesia-relationship/

4 NOVEMBER 2016

The Indo-Russian air defense entente a blow to China

Among other arrangements included in the arms deal sealed in Goa, Moscow will equip Delhi with five S-400 Triumph air defense systems at a cost of US$5 billion. Many in India view this acquisition as a game-changer in the military equation of South Asia
http://www.atimes.com/indo-russian-air-defense-entente-blow-china/

28 OCTOBER 2016

China warns India against Dalai Lama Arunachal visit

China on Friday warned India that bilateral ties may suffer “damage” and affect peace and stability of border areas if it allows Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims is part of southern Tibet
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/dalai-s-visit-to-arunachal-may-damage-ties-china-warns-india-1.1920289
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-10/28/content_15517874.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/china-warns-india-dalai-lama-border-visit-161028134210398.html

19 OCTOBER 2016

India and Myanmar agree to closely coordinate with each other on border security while Prime Minister Modi offers economic support

India and Myanmar on Wednesday agreed to closely coordinate with each other on border security while Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed New Delhi’s commitment to help develop Myanmar
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-myanmar-to-closely-coordinate-on-border-security-1.1915392
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161019_36/

15 OCTOBER 2016

India deepens military ties with Russia

India and Russia deepened economic and military cooperation, while New Delhi pressed its concerns about cross-border terrorism at a summit of the BRICS countries in the western Indian city of Goa
http://www.voanews.com/a/brics-summit/3552704.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-russia-set-up-joint-venture-to-build-helicopters-in-india
http://www.atimes.com/article/india-buy-russian-surface-air-missile-defence-system/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/indiarussia-s400-missiles-deal/article9224802.ece?homepage=true

11 OCTOBER 2016

India continues to boost military ties with China

India continues to slowly but steadily build military-to-military+ ties with China, even as it keeps its armed forces on high operational readiness along the western front with Pakistan for any contingency after the cross-border surgical strikes of September 29
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/india-builds-military-ties-china

4 OCTOBER 2016

PM Lee meets Modi, says Singapore and India committed to deepening ties

Singapore and India are committed to deepening their bilateral relationship and are keen to work together in several areas such as developing smart cities and skills training, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong after meeting with his India counterpart Narendra Modi on Tuesday (Oct 4)
http://www.straitstimes.com/politics/pm-lee-meets-modi-says-singapore-and-india-committed-to-deepening-ties

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

India’s Modi scraps planned visit to Pakistan for SAARC summit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not attend a regional summit of South Asian leaders in Pakistan in November because of increasing cross-border attacks in the region, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday
http://atimes.com/2016/09/two-guides-from-muzaffarabad-helped-uri-attackers-india-tells-pakistan/
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/pm-narendra-modi-to-skip-saarc-summit-in-islamabad-pakistan-3053240/

23 SEPTEMBER 2016

India, France ink €7.87 billion agreement for 36 Rafales

India and France on Friday concluded an Inter-Governmental Agreement for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of €7.87 billion, the first fighter aircraft deal since the purchase of Sukhois from Russia in the late 90’s.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-france-conclude-rafale-deal/article9140011.ece?homepage=true
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160923_35/

16 SEPTEMBER 2016

India, Nepal Restore Friendlier Ties

India and Nepal have put diplomatic relations, that had frayed in the past year, back on track during a visit to New Delhi by Nepal’s new prime minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, popularly known as Prachanda
http://www.voanews.com/a/india-nepal-restore-friendlier-ties/3512379.html
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-Nepal-commit-not-to-allow-their-territory-to-be-used-against-each-other/articleshow/54370831.cms
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2016-09-16/pm-dahal-indian-pm-modi-meet-underway.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2016

Why India, Vietnam upgraded their ties

Though it was short – and came relatively late – Narendra Modi’s recent one-day stopover in Hanoi, the first official trip to Vietnam by an Indian prime minister since Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 2001 visit, was momentous as it marked a new shift in India-Vietnam relations
http://atimes.com/2016/09/why-india-vietnam-upgraded-their-ties/

30 AUGUST 2016

Eye on China: the new defence pact that allows the US to use India’s land, air and naval bases

The United States and India have signed an agreement to allow the use of each other’s land, air and naval bases for repair and resupply, a step toward building defence ties as they seek to counter the growing maritime assertiveness of China
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2011217/eye-china-new-defence-pact-allows-us-use-indias-land-air-and
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-and-US-in-military-hug-will-share-logistics-bases/articleshow/53937467.cms
http://www.thestatesman.com/news/world/china-has-nothing-to-fear-from-indo-us-defence-pact-kirby/162560.html

29 AUGUST 2016

India, Myanmar join hands to fight border insurgency

India and Myanmar have agreed to continue efforts to combat insurgent activities in the border areas and infuse new energy into a much- delayed highway project during Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw’s visit to India.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/india-myanmar-join-hands-to-fight-border-insurgency
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/together-we-fight-terror-1277701

25 AUGUST 2016

Arms Race Threatened on India-China border

 New Delhi’s decision to deploy the BrahMos supersonic missile – the world’s fastest anti-ship cruise missile, which can fly at 2.8 times the speed of sound – in the disputed northeast state of Arunachal, has left its rival and neighbor fuming as big-power tensions flare between China and India
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/arms-race-threaten-india-china-border/

19 AUGUST 2016

Why India’s South China Sea stand matters

During his visit to New Delhi last week, Wang Yi, China’s Foreign Minister, held wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The agenda for discussion is said to have included a number of sticky bilateral issues
http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/why-india-south-china-sea-stand-matters_asingh_190816

15 AUGUST 2016

Modi raps Pakistan in national address

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took aim at supporters of « terrorism » in his Independence Day speech, ratcheting up criticism of Pakistan while avoiding direct mention of month-long protests in Indian-ruled Kashmir
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/modi-raps-pakistan-in-national-address
http://www.dw.com/en/indian-pm-modis-balochistan-comments-upset-pakistan/a-19475682

12 AUGUST 2016

 China Maintains Quiet Pressure on India

 China continued to exert quiet but sustained pressures on India on the South China Sea issue.  Beijing wants New Delhi to endorse its position on UN the International Tribunal award on the South China Sea under the United Nations Convention on Laws of the Sea (UNCLOS)
http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/2039

29 JULY 2016

Confirmed: India Signs $1 Billion Contract for 4 New Sub-Hunter Planes

On July 27, India’s Ministry of Defense signed a $1 billion deal with U.S. aircraft maker Boeing for the purchase of four additional Poseidon 8I Neptune advanced maritime patrol/anti-submarine warfare aircraft, according to Indian media reports
http://thediplomat.com/2016/07/confirmed-india-signs-1-billion-contract-for-4-new-sub-hunter-planes/

17 JULY 2016

India wades into South China Sea dispute

Stating that secure sea routes in the Asia-Pacific region are essential to the Indian economy, the author notes, « A majority of our global trade [about 55%] flows across the Straits of Malacca and beyond. »
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/India-wades-into-South-China-Sea-dispute?page=2

7 JULY 2016

Indian leader on African tour

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is touring Mozambique, South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania. His huge country is looking for raw materials and allies in its quest for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council
http://www.dw.com/en/indian-leader-on-african-tour/a-19385649
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/indias-modi-seeks-to-drum-up-business-in-african-tour
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-s-modi-starts-african-tour-to-drum-up-business-1.1858883

1 JULY 2016

Indian Air Force finally inducts home-grown fighter jet Tejas

India’s first locally-built combat aircraft officially took to the skies on Friday, 33 years after it was cleared for development, marking a long-held goal of cutting expensive imports to build a domestic defence-industrial base
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-07/01/content_15456919.html
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-iaf-finally-inducts-home-grown-fighter-jet-tejas-pm-modi-says-moment-of-unparalleled-pride-2230160
http://indianexpress.com/article/explained/tejas-light-combat-aircraft-indigenous-india-iaf-hf-24-2887950/

27 JUNE 2016

India joins Missile Technology Control Regime

In a boost to its non-proliferation credentials, India on Monday joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) at a ceremony in South Block, attended by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and diplomats from the Netherlands, France and Luxembourg missions
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-06/27/content_15454736.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-to-become-full-member-of-mtcr-today/article8778729.ece?w=alauto
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245348775

25 JUNE 2016

Pakistan and India move closer to SCO

The six-member Shanghai Cooperation Organization approved memorandums on Friday to pave the way for India and Pakistan to join the organization
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-06/25/content_15454167.html

24 JUNE 2016

Examining India’s unsuccessful NSG bid

Despite India’s fervent push for admission into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the country remains outside the elite body that regulates nuclear trade worldwide – for now. DW examines the reasons behind this
http://www.dw.com/en/examining-indias-unsuccessful-nsg-bid/a-19353253

21 JUNE 2016

India’s embarrassing North Korean connection

A report states that one of the Indian courses to North Koreans offered instructions that « could be directly relevant » to « designing and testing a launch vehicle using ballistic missile technology, such as those on launch vehicles, attitude control, and telemetry, tracking, command and data-handling systems »
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/06/india-embarrassing-north-korean-connection-160620195559208.html

12 JUNE 2016

Beijing is seen as leading opposition to the US move to include India in the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group

China said on Sunday that more talks were needed to build a consensus on which countries can join the main group controlling access to sensitive nuclear technology, after a push by the United States to include India
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-says-more-talks-needed-to-build-consensus-on-nuclear-export-club-1.1844433

8 JUNE 2016

Indian PM addresses US Congress, calls America ‘indispensable partner’, says terror is ‘incubated’ in India’s neighbourhood

Addressing a joint sitting of US Congress, he also described America as an ‘indispensable partner’ and stated that a strong India is in the US’ strategic interest.
http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/pm-addresses-us-congress-calls-america-indispensable-partner-says-terror-is-incubated-in-india-s-neighbourhood_1893236.html
http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/pm-modis-address-to-the-joint-sitting-of-us-congress-full-text_1893207.html

7 JUNE 2016

‘US committed to help India build its defence capabilities’

The US is « committed » to help India build its defence capabilities until it can be the « net provider of security » in the Asia-Pacific region, a senior Obama administration official has said.
http://www.thestatesman.com/news/world/-us-committed-to-help-india-build-its-defence-capabilities/146902.html

23 MAY 2016

India and Iran sign ‘historic’ Chabahar port deal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that India will build and operate a key Iranian port after his talks with President Hassan Rouhani
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36356163
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-to-develop-irans-chahbahar-port/article8637558.ece?homepage=true
http://nation.com.pk/international/23-May-2016/india-to-boost-iran-port-project-links-to-afghanistan
http://www.asiatimes.com.au/trilateral-transport-transit-agreement-between-iran-india-afghanistan/

12 MAY 2016

‘Doval Doctrine’ can’t help India to make peace with neighbors

Ajit Kumar Doval, National Security Advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is the second most important official in the government of India. His close ties with Prime Minister Modi reminds one of BN Mullik who, like him, was IB chief (1950-64), had close relationship with then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and influenced his key decisions on Kashmir, Pakistan and China. But Doval is going a few steps ahead of him with his hard line on Kashmir, Pakistan and China. The ‘doctrine’ named after him and expounded by him in two lectures delivered in 2014 and 2015 is analysed here in the light of the Pathankot airbase Attack
http://atimes.com/2016/05/doval-doctrine-cant-help-india-to-make-peace-with-neighbors/

29 APRIL 2016

India’s focus should be peace with China, not US military ties linked to sea row

The US has reason to be happy that India has agreed to militarily cooperate against China in the South China Sea region. However, it is not clear how India stands to benefit from the US’ hostile actions against China in a region which is not of direct strategic interest to India
http://atimes.com/2016/04/indias-focus-should-be-peace-with-china-not-us-military-ties-linked-to-sea-row/

26 APRIL 2016

India, Pakistan diplomats meet after lengthy hiatus

India on Tuesday asked Pakistan to rein in terrorist groups operating from its soil and targeting India, expressing dissatisfaction with action taken so far against suspects of an attack on an Indian air force base in January.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-04/26/content_15423148.html

26 APRIL 2016

India, Pakistan diplomats meet after lengthy hiatus

India on Tuesday asked Pakistan to rein in terrorist groups operating from its soil and targeting India, expressing dissatisfaction with action taken so far against suspects of an attack on an Indian air force base in January.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-04/26/content_15423148.html

20 APRIL 2016

After Modi visit, Saudi Arabia should join hands with India to fight terror

Over the past 15 years, the India-Saudi Arabia relationship has deepened significantly, especially on economic issues. However, it is with regard to counter-terrorism co-operation that their bilateral relations have witnessed the most remarkable changes.
http://atimes.com/2016/04/after-modi-visit-saudi-arabia-should-join-hands-with-india-to-fight-terror/

12 APRIL 2016

India, US agree to share military logistics; use each other’s land, air and naval bases

India and the United States have agreed in principle to share military logistics, the countries’ defence ministers said on Tuesday, as both sides seek to counter the growing maritime assertiveness of China. Washington has for years urged New Delhi to sign a Logistics Support Agreement that allows the two militaries to use each other’s land, air and naval bases for resupplies, repair and rest
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-india-us-agree-to-share-military-logistics-use-each-other-s-land-air-and-naval-bases-2201385
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-india-military-logistics-agreement-still-not-finalized/3282252.html

21 MARCH 2016

India and Japan get closer as China flexes its muscles

This recalibration of their national interests has brought countries such as Japan and India closer in ways like never before. Recently, in a move that is bound to raise quite a few eyebrows in Beijing, Japan and India began discussing the modalities for cooperation to set up a 15MW diesel power plant in India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands in the Bay of Bengal
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/03/india-japan-closer-china-flexes-muscles-160320134401362.html

10 MARCH 2016

Big India-Bangladesh power deal dims China’s shine in South Asia

India’s bagging of the power project marks an important victory for India in the Sino-Indian contest for influence in Bangladesh. This is likely to be quietly applauded by the United States, Japan and other countries that are concerned over China’s mounting economic and military presence in Indian Ocean littorals
http://atimes.com/2016/03/big-india-bangladesh-power-deal-dims-chinas-shine-in-south-asia/

21 FEBRUARY 2016

Nepal, India sign agreements for partnership

The agreements include a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on utilisation of India’s assistance for post-quake reconstruction in Nepal, a deal on strengthening road infrastructure in southern plains of Nepal and an accord on rail transport for trading with Bangladesh, among others.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-02/21/content_15387963.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/regional-news/2016/02/22/458903/India-pledges.htm

11 FEBRUARY 2016

India to build satellite tracking station in Vietnam that offers eye on China

India will set up a satellite tracking and imaging center in southern Vietnam that will give Hanoi access to pictures from Indian earth observation satellites that cover the region, including China and the South China Sea, Indian officials said
http://apdf-magazine.com/india-to-build-satellite-tracking-station-in-vietnam-that-offers-eye-on-china/

2 FEBRUARY 2016

India’s Military Might: The Real Truth

 The nation invests very heavily in its armed forces who are mindful of the responsibilities; but the apathy of the government functionaries in authority is bewildering. So rampant is the bureaucratic foot-dragging in the garb of due vetting, that the formalisation of the contract for procurement of 36 Rafale fighters is still “work in progress”. With this kind of a system of higher defence management in our country, would our enemies have any worries? Little wonder that our deterrence has bee ..
http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/indias-military-might-the-real-truth/

31 JANUARY 2016

India’s ties with Asean set to scale new frontiers

India’s Act East policy will be in focus during the visit of Vice-President Hamid Ansari to Thailand and Brunei (February 1-5). The visit is expected to deepen and diversify India’s economic and strategic ties with the two ASEAN countries
http://www.indiawrites.org/diplomacy/indias-ties-with-asean-set-to-scale-new-frontiers-rajiv-bhatia/

25 JANUARY 2016

India, France sign deal on purchase of Rafale jets

India and France inked an inter-governmental agreement (IGA) on Monday on the sale of 36 French fighter jets, Rafale, but they were unable to sign the final deal due to some “financial” aspects, which are expected to be sorted out in a “couple of days”
http://atimes.com/2016/01/india-france-sign-deal-on-purchase-of-rafale-jets/
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-rafale-deal-india-france-ink-mou-to-sort-out-financial-aspects-2170312

24 JANUARY 2016

India, France United In Fight Against Enemies Of Humanity, Says PM Modi: 10 Developments

French President Francois Hollande, who will be chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebration, arrived today for a three-day visit that he said was aimed at promoting strategic ties and implement decisions taken during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France
http://www.ndtv.com/cheat-sheet/fortress-chandigarh-to-welcome-french-president-as-he-begins-india-visit-10-developments-1269397?utm_source=Offstumped&utm_medium=Offstumped&utm_term=Offstumped&utm_campaign=Offstumped
Why is French President Hollande in India?
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20160124-why-french-president-hollande-india

16 JANUARY 2016

Modi’s spluttering China policies

The prognosis used to be that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, geo-economics will play a central part in driving the Sino-Indian relationship. China needs the big Indian market, while India desperately seeks large Chinese investments to build transit and other infrastructure critical to economic revival
http://atimes.com/2016/01/modis-spluttering-china-policies/

12 JANUARY 2016

Make in India’ in Defence Sector: An Overview of the Dhirendra Singh Committee Report

 The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has made public the report of the 10-member Experts Committee that was set up in May 2015 to both evolve a policy framework for facilitating ‘Make in India’ within the purview of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) and streamline the procurement process.
http://www.indiandefencereview.com/spotlights/make-in-india-in-defence-sector-an-overview-of-the-dhirendra-singh-committee-report/0/

9 JANUARY 2016

Pakistani, Indian foreign secretaries to meet on January 15

Amid uncertainty in the wake of the Pathankot terror attack, Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said foreign decretary-level talks with India are scheduled to take place on January 15
http://atimes.com/2016/01/act-fast-against-those-behind-pathankot-attack-us-to-pakistan/
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-indo-pak-foreign-secretary-level-talks-are-intact-sartaj-aziz-2164032
http://nation.com.pk/national/09-Jan-2016/pak-indian-secys-to-meet-on-15th-aziz

4 JANUARY 2016

An alliance of Kashmiri militant groups claims the deadly attack on the Indian Air Force’s Pathankot airbase

The United Jihad Council (UJC) said in a statement released that the attack was a message to India that Kashmiri fighters could strike at any sensitive installation across India
http://www.dawn.com/news/1230726/kashmiri-separatist-group-ujc-claims-pathankot-attack

3 JANUARY 2016

Indian consulate attacked in Afghanistan’s Mazar-e-Sharif city

Two terrorists were killed and two others were currently engaged in a fierce gunbattle with Afghan forces on Sunday, Indian Consul General B Sarkar told bdnews24.com
http://bdnews24.com/neighbours/2016/01/03/indian-consulate-attacked-in-afghanistan-s-mazar-e-sharif-city
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indian-consulate-under/2395768.html

30 DECEMBER 2015

India test-fires long range surface-to-air missile developed with Israel

India successfully test-fired on Wednesday a new long range surface-to-air missile capable of countering aerial threats at extended ranges, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushes to enhance the country’s military capabilities.
http://news.yahoo.com/india-test-fires-long-range-surface-air-missile-095046245.html
http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/successful-conduct-of-lrsam-firing-by-indian-navy/

25 DECEMBER 2015

Indian PM Narendra Modi makes surprise visit to Pakistan; first time in more than a decade

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes a surprise stopover in Pakistan to meet his counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, the first time an Indian premier has visited the rival nation in over a decade
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-26/indian-pm-narendra-modi-makes-surprise-visit-to-pakistan-first-time-in-more-than-a-decade/1529930
http://www.dw.com/en/india-pm-narendra-modi-leaves-lahore-after-surprise-pakistan-visit/a-18942319
http://www.dawn.com/news/1228735/modi-arrives-in-lahore-on-surprise-visit

China effectively expels French journalist Ursula Gauthier

Officials have refused to renew Beijing-based journalist Ursula Gauthier’s press visa unless she apologizes for a story. Gauthier wrote criticially on China’s « anti-terror » operations against Xinjiang’s Uighur Muslims
http://www.dw.com/en/china-effectively-expels-french-journalist-ursula-gauthier/a-18942525
http://www.france24.com/en/20151225-french-journalist-gauthier-china-apologise

9 DECEMBER 2015

Pakistan and India have agreed to restart comprehensive dialogue process

Pakistan and India have agreed to reinitiate the comprehensive dialogue process, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a joint press conference on Wednesday along with the prime minister’s adviser on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz
http://www.dawn.com/news/1225246/pakistan-india-agree-to-restart-comprehensive-dialogue-process
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-india-pakistan-to-resume-dialogue-jammu-and-kashmir-siachen-among-issues-to-be-discussed-2153962
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-full-text-of-joint-statement-made-by-india-and-pakistan-2153928

6 DECEMBER 2015

National Security Advisors of India, Pakistan discuss terrorism, J&K in Bangkok

In a sudden breakthrough, National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan held talks in Bangkok today on a wide gamut of bilateral ties including terrorism and Jammu and Kashmir, and agreed to take forward the “constructive” engagement
http://atimes.com/2015/12/national-security-advisors-of-india-pakistan-discuss-terrorism-jk-in-bangkok/
http://www.dawn.com/news/1224563/pakistan-india-nsas-hold-talks-in-bangkok

24 NOVEMBER 2015

India will help keep sea lanes free: Modi

India will lend its strength to ensure freedom of navigation in regional waters, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said yesterday, as he outlined his government’s Act East Policy set against a resurgent domestic economy
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-will-help-keep-sea-lanes-free-modi

16 NOVEMBER 2015

India, China agree to deepen defence ties, maintain peace at LAC

India and China on Monday decided to deepen bilateral defence ties and maintain peace and tranquillity at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) besides strengthening cooperation against terror, including at the international level
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-india-china-agree-to-deepen-defence-ties-maintain-peace-at-lac-2145958

15 NOVEMBER 2015

Nepal PM asks India to end « undeclared blockade »

Nepal’s newly elected prime minister KP Sharma Oli called Sunday on neighbouring India to end its « undeclared blockade » as the nation faces crippling shortage of fuel and supplies
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/nepal-pm-asks-india-end-undeclared-blockade-191556569.html
http://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/unofficial-indian-blockade-has-led-to-humanitarian-crisis-pm/

12 NOVEMBER 2015

Modi visit: ‘Huge moment’ for UK and India

After being banned from entering for 10 years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the United Kingdom on Thursday with critics denouncing moves against freedom of speech in India since his government took power a year ago. Trade and defence deals worth billions of dollars are signed during Modi’s maiden visit
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34790212
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34773767
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-modi-in-uk-full-text-of-pm-modi-s-speech-at-british-parliament-2144742
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/11984475/Why-is-Indian-prime-minister-Modi-in-London-and-why-are-people-going-to-see-him-at-Wembley-stadium.html

7 NOVEMBER 2015

Indian army successfully test-fires BrahMos land attack missile

Indian Army Saturday (Nov. 7)  successfully test fired the nearly 300-km-range BrahMos supersonic land attack cruise missile from Pokhran in Rajasthan
http://atimes.com/2015/11/indian-army-successfully-test-fires-brahmos-land-attack-missile/

1 NOVEMBER 2015

India’s rising power in Africa

In an attempt to boost trade and investment opportunities abroad, India has welcomed heads of state, policymakers, and businessmen from every country in Africa, marking the largest ever India-Africa summit
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/countingthecost/2015/10/india-rising-power-africa-151031083435780.html

23 OCTOBER 2015

Pakistan’s PM Sharif attacks ‘dangerous’ India in US speech

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today kept up his attack on India and warned that Pakistan will have to take « credible deterrent » measures in the face of Indian « arms build-up » and « dangerous military doctrines »
http://www.sify.com/news/sharif-attacks-dangerous-india-in-us-speech-news-national-pkxvaiegfiabf.html
http://www.dawn.com/news/1215094/nawaz-urges-us-to-side-with-pakistan-against-indian-aggression
http://www.sify.com/news/india-desires-dialogue-but-pak-uses-terrorism-as-instrument-mea-news-national-pkxtcvdjjaidb.html

17 OCTOBER 2015

How China pipped India at Nepal post

As Nepal arrives on the South Asian political landscape as its brand new secular, democratic republic, it is ‘Communist’ China that is in celebratory mood. India is sulking. Beijing is obviously pleased with the election of a communist leader as the prime minister of Nepal, who, by the way, also used to be a ‘Maoist’ at one time in his long chequered political life. The contrast could not be sharper
http://atimes.com/2015/10/how-china-pipped-india-at-nepal-post/

9 OCTOBER 2015

Analysis: Blockade politics in Nepal

India’s unofficial blockade of Nepal – now in its third week – has therefore crippled life in this country of 30 million people. Things could get a lot worse
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/analysis-blockade-politics-nepal-151009193817262.html

11 SEPTEMBER 2015

India and Iran: Challenges and Opportunity

The nuclear deal opens the door for India, but its neighbors have their own plans
http://thediplomat.com/2015/09/india-iran-relations-challenges-and-opportunity/

28 AUGUST 2015

Border Firing Kills 9 on India-Pakistan War Anniversary

Cross-border firing between India and Pakistan killed at least nine people on Friday, the day India marked the 50th anniversary of a war between the two South Asian nations
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/international/border-firing-kills-9-india-pakistan-war-anniversary/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/civilians-killed-india-pakistan-exchange-fire-kashmir-150828074204835.html

22 AUGUST 2015

Pakistan cancels security meeting with India

Pakistan has said it can not accept what it described as India’s « preconditions » for high-level talks, effectively cancelling a planned meeting between the two countries’ national security advisers (NSA)
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/pakistan-cancels-security-meeting-india-150822185254946.html
http://tribune.com.pk/story/943180/pakistan-india-deadlock-foreign-policy-wizards-expect-regional-peace-to-suffer/

16 AUGUST 2015

India PM in UAE to boost trade and security ties

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in the United Arab Emirates for a two-day visit during which he will deliver a speech to thousands of Indian expatriates, tour a mosque in a symbolic gesture of outreach to Muslims and discuss with rulers how to improve already strong trade links
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2015/08/india-pm-uae-boost-trade-security-ties-150816141050057.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/pm-narendra-modi-arrives-in-uae-for-two-day-visit/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-s-modi-visits-uae-l/2054556.html

1 AUGUST 2015

India and Bangladesh settle old dispute in land swap

A total of 162 tiny pockets of land – 111 in Bangladesh and 51 in India – were officially handed over to the countries surrounding after Dhaka and New Delhi struck a border agreement in June
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/india-bangladesh-settle-dispute-land-swap-150801151119442.html http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/crowds-cheer-bangladesh/2021958.html
http://www.observerbd.com/2015/07/31/102277.php

20 JULY 2015

Why India lags behind China in submarine race

A recent visit by an advanced Chinese Yuan-class submarine to Karachi after traversing the Arabian Sea worried Indian authorities concerned about China’s growing undersea-warfare capabilities — more than four times as large as India’s.
http://atimes.com/2015/07/why-india-lags-behind-china-in-submarine-race/
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150721000125&cid=1101

10 JULY 2015

 The beginning of an Israel-India ‘romance’?

 Last week, when the UN Human Rights Council voted on a resolution condemning Israel for its military offensive in Gaza last year, India chose to abstain
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/07/israel-india-gaza-150709005707545.html

24 JUNE 2015

China blocks UN action against Pakistan in move seen as India snub

Sino-Indian relations took a downturn when China blocked an Indian move at the United Nations to seek an explanation from Pakistan for releasing from prison an alleged mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-blocks-un-action-against-pakistan-concerning-mumbai-terror-attack
http://www.freepressjournal.in/china-backs-paskitan-on-zaki-ur-rehman-lakhvis-bail/

10 JUNE 2015

Indian troops cross into Myanmar to attack rebel bases

Indian parachute commandos in helicopters have crossed over the border into Myanmar to strike separatist bases in retaliation against an ambush in Manipur state last week that left 18 Indian soldiers dead, officials said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/india-crosses-myanmar-attack-rebel-bases-150610091416863.html

6 JUNE 2015

Russia and India: A 21st Century Decline

What was once a robust defense trade has fallen away in recent years. Can it rebound?http://thediplomat.com/2015/06/russia-and-india-a-21st-century-decline/

India and Bangladesh sign historic territory swap deal

Bangladesh and India have sealed a historic land pact to swap territories, which will finally allow tens of thousands of people living in border enclaves to choose their nationality after decades of stateless limbo.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33033342
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/india-bangladesh-seal-land-swap-deal-150606012711866.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/india-bangladesh-seal-historic-land-boundary-agreement/

3 JUNE 2015

India, US ink new 10-year defence Framework

India and the US on Wednesday inked an expansive new defence framework to bolster their strategic partnership over the next 10 years, even as they discussed maritime security and the Asia-Pacific in the backdrop of China’s assertive behaviour in the South China Sea
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-US-ink-new-10-year-defence-framework/articleshow/47532249.cms
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-06/03/content_15272120.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/04/world/asia/us-defense-secretary-visits-india-build-military-ties.html?ref=asia&_r=0

31 MAY 2015

Modi travels the globe boosting Indian ties

Modi has visited 18 countries in the year since he took office, three times as many as his predecessor Manmohan Singh
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Modi-travels-the-globe-boosting-Indian-ties

26 MAY 2015

India-China Relations Advance by Inches, Not Miles

Where do relations between New Delhi and Beijing stand following Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China? Pretty much the same as before. The trip did little to alter the pattern of heightened strategic competition and modest economic engagement that began to congeal in late 2014
http://www.fairobserver.com/region/central_south_asia/india-china-relations-advance-by-inches-not-miles-65180/

18 MAY 2015

Korea, India to upgrade partnership

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Monday agreed to elevate the level of bilateral ties to a “special strategic partnership” and start negotiations to revise a comprehensive economic partnership agreement, which is equivalent to a free trade deal, by June next year
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150518001199
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/05/120_179172.html

14 MAY 2015

India’s Modi arrives in China for trade talks

India’s prime minister has arrived in China on a visit focused on boosting trade ties between Asia’s rival superpowers as they attempt to set aside their historic mistrust
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/india-modi-arrives-china-trade-talks-150514043359786.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/modis-china-trip-will-deepen-friendship
http://www.sify.com/news/modi-xi-hold-extremely-productive-talks-news-others-pfpauggbdagfd.html

7 MAY 2015

India moves to settle 1974 border dispute with Bangladesh

India took a step towards ratifying a 41-year-old border dispute with Bangladesh Wednesday that would see thousands of people living in “enclaves” being allowed to choose their nationality
http://www.dawn.com/news/1180515/india-moves-to-settle-1974-border-dispute-with-bangladesh
http://www.thedailystar.net/country/lba-placed-lok-sabha-80964

29 APRIL 2015

US asks India to go slow in boosting trade ties with Iran

The United States wants India and other countries to wait for a final nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers before actively engaging with Tehran, U.S. Under Secretary Wendy Sherman said on Wednesday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-asks-india-other-to-g/1815508.html

20 APRIL 2015

Indian Navy’s stealth destroyer launched

Visakhapatnam is to be commissioned in 2018, and has indigenous component of over 70 per cent. It has been made of Indian Steel manufactured by the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). The warship’s propulsion system will be from Russia
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/navy-launches-stealth-destroyer-ins-visakhapatnam/article7122363.ece

13  APRIL 2015

China falls short of backing India for a permanent U.N. seat

China, on Monday, fell short of backing India for permanent membership of the U.N. Security Council (UNSC), despite supporting New Delhi’s aspiration of playing a big role in international institutions
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/china-falls-short-of-backing-india-for-a-permanent-un-seat/article7098822.ece

11 APRIL 2015

Why India needs to ‘act’ East

Ever since former prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao reshaped India’s foreign policy in the 1990s under the so-called ‘Look East’ policy India has strengthened ties with Southeast Asia. The current government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unequivocally said that it is keen to progress from the ‘Look East’ policy to ‘Act East.’
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/04/11/why-india-needs-to-act-east/

10 APRIL 2015

India PM Modi orders 36 French-made Rafale fighter jets

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday he had ordered 36 “ready-to-fly” French-made Rafale fighter jets to modernise his country’s ageing warplane fleet as neighbouring states upgraded their military hardware
http://www.france24.com/en/20150410-india-france-french-36-rafale-jets-modi/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/prime-minister-narendra-modis-visit-to-france/article7090006.ece?homepage=true
http://www.dawn.com/news/1175096/modi-orders-36-ready-to-fly-french-made-rafale-fighter-jets

24 MARCH 2015

India, China agree to foster peace on disputed border

India and China agreed Tuesday to foster peace along their Himalayan border after wrapping up two days of talks designed to resolve a long-festering boundary dispute
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-china-agree-foster-peace-disputed-border
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-says-it-agrees-india-maintain-border-peace

19 MARCH 2015

India to have its own satellite-based positioning and navigational services

India is inching towards having its own satellite-backed positioning and navigational services for civilian and strategic application.
http://apdforum.com/en_GB/article/rmiap/articles/online/features/2015/03/19/india-sat-system

14 MARCH 2015

India’s Modi visits Sri Lanka’s Tamil heartland

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit is a demonstration of regional superpower India’s support for Sri Lanka’s Tamils, who share close cultural and religious ties with those in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-s-modi-visits-sri/1715648.html

13 MARCH 2015

PM Modi in landmark visit to steer Sri Lanka away from China

Narendra Modi began the first official visit by an Indian premier to Sri Lanka in nearly three decades Friday, looking to reassert New Delhi’s influence over Colombo after its drift towards China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pm-modi-landmark-visit-steer-sri-lanka-away-china?page=0%2C0
http://asiantribune.com/node/86573
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/india-modi-begins-landmark-visit-sri-lanka-150313072001284.html

11 MARCH 2015

India to develop two islands in Indian Ocean

In a move which some see as an attempt to mitigate China’s growing influence in the Indian Ocean, India has acquired infrastructure development rights to develop two islands in the Indian Ocean
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-to-develop-two-islands-in-Indian-Ocean/articleshow/46533103.cms

28 FEBRUARY 2015

India raises defence budget modestly as it confronts China challenge

India announced on Saturday a modest 7.9 per cent increase in defence spending for the fiscal year starting April 1, suggesting that it will move only gradually with the military’s long wish list for fighter jets, ships and artillery
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-raises-defence-budget-modestly-it-confronts-china-challenge
http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/limited-rise-in-indias-defence-budget-2015-16/

http://www.business-standard.com/budget/article/marginal-rise-in-defence-budget-115030100017_1.html

25 FEBRUARY 2015

India’s Foreign Policy: Big Shift Or Pragmatic Makeover? – Analysis

In light of recent events, especially President Obama’s visit to India and Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to China, India’s foreign policy appears to have undergone a transformative shift since the heyday of Non-Alignment. Is this indeed the case?
http://www.eurasiareview.com/25022015-indias-foreign-policy-big-shift-or-pragmatic-makeover-analysis/

20 FEBRUARY 2015

China protests Indian PM’s visit to disputed Arunachal Pradesh border region

China said on Friday it had lodged an official protest against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to a border region claimed by both countries.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-protests-indian-pm/1671004.html
http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/xwfw_665399/s2510_665401/t1239592.shtml

 

Ties with India out of closet, says Israel

 

Israel has emerged as one of India’s top three arms suppliers, delivering items such as ship defence missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles, but such transactions have been unpublicised, largely because of India’s fear of upsetting Arab countries and its own large Muslim population.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1164704/ties-with-india-out-of-closet-says-israel

19 FEBRUARY 2015

India successfully test-fires Prithvi-II missile at Chandipur in Odisha

Strategic Forces Command personnel test-fired the nuclear-weapons-capable Prithvi-II missile from Chandipur in Balasore district of Odisha on Thursday for a range of 250 km as against its full strike range of 350 km
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46296232.cms?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The_South_Asia_Daily%202.19&utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/nuclear-capable-prithviii-missile-testfired/article6911901.ece?widget-art=four-rel

16 FEBRUARY 2015

India seals nuclear energy pact with Sri Lanka, hopes to push back Chinese influence

India sealed a nuclear energy agreement with Sri Lanka on Monday, its first breakthrough with the new government of the tiny Indian Ocean island where China has been building ports and highways in a diplomatic push in recent years
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-seals-nuclear-energ/1662848.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/preempting-china-india-inks-nuclear-pact-with-sri-lanka/article6902874.ece?homepage=true
http://www.voanews.com/content/sri-lanka-new-president-meets-with-indian-pm/2645674.html

12 FEBRUARY 2015

Narendra Modi’s international balancing act

In the eight months since Narendra Modi took office as India’s prime minister, the country has hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and US President Barack Obama – giving some the impression that all the big powers are seeking India’s hand.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/02/narendra-modi-international-balancing-act-150208044316333.html

5 FEBRUARY 2015

India bets on U.S. aircraft carrier technology

India wants to use state-of-the-art U.S. technology to boost the range and potency of a planned aircraft carrier, defense sources said, a move that would tie their arms programs closer together and counter China’s military influence in the region.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/02/05/asia-pacific/india-bets-on-u-s-aircraft-carrier-technology/#.VNPotu83NMs

31 JANUARY 2015

India tests long-range missile from mobile launcher

India on Saturday succeeded for the first time in using a mobile launcher to test-fire a long-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead deep inside rival China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-tests-long-range-missile-mobile-launcher

29 JANUARY 2015

Pakistan again opposes UN Security Council’s permanent seat to India

Pakistan on Thursday reiterated its opposition to grant permanent UN Security Council’s seat to India and insisted on reforms to make the forum more democratic.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-01/29/c_133956781.htm

25 JANUARY 2015

India and US seal nuclear deal as Modi hosts Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke a deadlock on a long-stalled civilian nuclear pact Sunday, with both leaders noting their « friendship » as the catalyst for closer diplomatic ties.
http://www.voanews.com/content/obama-modi-discuss-relations-between-us-india/2612582.html
http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/pm-obama-announce-nuke-breakthrough-115012600043_1.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-30930581

17 JANUARY 2015

Japan seeks closer maritime defence ties with India

Japan’s foreign minister Fumio Kishida used a visit to India on Saturday (Jan 17) to push for tighter maritime security ties between the two nations, as Tokyo seeks to shore up its relationships in Asia to counter an increasingly powerful China.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-seeks-closer/1596552.html

10 JANUARY 2015

India was angry with Mahinda for using China card against it, Delhi happy to see him go; Modi may visit Colombo soon

India surely attaches much importance to Sri Lanka for lots of reasons, and considers it a close ally. But what angered and irritated India was the manner in which Rajapaksa was threatening to turn Sri Lanka into a strategic asset for China at New Delhi’s expense.
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=117435
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/10/world/asia/new-president-in-sri-lanka-puts-chinas-plans-in-check.html?ref=asia&_r=0

3 JANUARY 2015

India’s Foreign Policy Reimagined

The style and substance of Narendra Modi’s foreign policies have been very different from those of his predecessors
http://thediplomat.com/2015/01/indias-foreign-policy-reimagined/

10 DECEMBER 2014

Russia India: Putin on visit to broker energy deals

Russian President Vladimir Putin has begun a visit to India, where he is due to seek lucrative energy deals.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-30408274
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/12/10/world/asia/india-putin/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

8 DECEMBER 2014

Modi’s new diplomatic instruments for a new India

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking new ways to enhance India’s global diplomacy. Modi is pursuing two paths largely overlooked by analysts of India’s foreign policy: to connect with the Indian diaspora and to encourage links with subnational governments at state and city levels.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/12/08/modis-new-diplomatic-instruments-for-a-new-india/

2 DECEMBER 2014

The Modi Doctrine for the Indo-Pacific Maritime Region

Only six months into his tenure, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is breathing new life into the concept of Indo-Pacific security
http://thediplomat.com/2014/12/the-modi-doctrine-for-the-indo-pacific-maritime-region/

22 NOVEMBER 2014

India approves $3.4 billion mounted gun purchase: Official

India approved on Saturday the purchase of 814 mounted gun systems for the army at a cost of 157.5 billion rupees (S$3.38 billion), a defence ministry spokesman said.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-approves-34-billion-mounted-gun-purchase-official
http://www.dawn.com/news/1146191/india-invites-bids-for-24bn-artillery-contract

21 NOVEMBER 2014

‘Incursions will hurt ties’: Indian Home minister Rajnath Singh hits out at China for ‘illegal occupation’ 

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that Beijing has illegally occupied the Aksai Chin region in Ladakh, and blamed the Congress for making “China India’s neighbour”
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2842985/Incursions-hurt-ties-Rajnath-Singh-hits-China-illegal-occupation.html#ixzz3Jisy2oA2 

14 NOVEMBER 2014

India test-fires nuke-capable missile

India successfully test-fired nuclear capable surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile from a test range in eastern Indian state of Odisha on Friday morning, local media reported.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2014-11/14/content_15191178.html

13 NOVEMBER 2014

India and US reach WTO breakthrough over food

India and the US have resolved their disagreements on food security issues, paving the way for the implementation of a global trade pact.
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30033130
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/us-resolve-impasse-over-food-security-issues-at-wto/article6594065.ece?homepage=true

3 NOVEMBER 2014

The problem with Modie hard line toward Pakistan

The new Indian government has pursued a noticeably harder line toward Pakistan-based terrorism than its predecessor.  During the recent electoral campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and promised to “Talk to Pakistan in Pakistan’s language because it won’t learn lessons until then.” 
http://chanakyasnotebook.wordpress.com/

2 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistan bomb kills 50 at Wagah border with India

More than 50 people have been killed and at least 100 injured in a suicide bombing close to Pakistan’s only border crossing with India.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29871077
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/11/pakistan-india-border-blast-2014112141227182769.html

28 OCTOBER 2014

India’s Modi pledges to modernise Vietnam’s defences

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged on Tuesday to strengthen Vietnam’s military following talks between leaders of the two allies, in a move likely to rankle neighouring nuclear-armed giant China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indias-modi-pledges-modernise-vietnams-defences

25 OCTOBER 2014

India clears defence projects worth $13.1 billion

India’s Hindu nationalist government on Saturday cleared long-delayed projects worth $13.1 billion to modernise the nation’s ageing Soviet-era military hardware and boost its domestic defence industry, a report said.
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141025/DEFREG03/310250024/Report-India-Clears-Defense-Projects-Worth-13-1-Billion
http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/defence-panel-clears-projects-worth-rs-80k-cr-114102500755_1.html

22 OCTOBER 2014

India-ASEAN Trade: Working Toward Greater Manufacturing Integration

By loosening regulations and attracting investors, India hopes to become a global manufacturing hub. Boosting trade ties with ASEAN is an important step in this direction, as India’s exports to ASEAN have increased roughly 10-fold over the past decade, making it a key export market for Indian goods.
http://cogitasia.com/india-asean-trade-working-toward-greater-manufacturing-integration/

17 OCTOBER 2014

India Test Fires Nirbhay Cruise Missile

India’s homemade subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay, capable of carrying a nuclear payload and considered similar to the US Tomahawk cruise missile, was test-fired for the second time Friday (first time with success) from the missile testing center in the eastern state of Odisha.
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141017/DEFREG03/310170022/India-Test-Fires-Nirbhay-Cruise-Missile
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/india-tests-first-domestic-cruise-missile-20141017104129418564.html

8 OCTOBER 2014

Tens of thousands flee Kashmir clashes

Indian and Pakistani troops have fired bullets and mortar shells across the border between India- and Pakistan-administered Kashmir for the second day, forcing tens of thousands of villagers from their homes, officials have said.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-and-pakistan-intensify-kashmir-border-conflict
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/tens-thousands-flee-amid-kashmir-exchanges-201410851956111951.html

6 OCTOBER 2014

India, Pakistan skirmish at Line of Control kills 9 civilians

Nine civilians were killed and at least 25 wounded on Monday in fighting along a stretch of the disputed border between India and Pakistan in the Kashmir region.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1136563/india-pakistan-skirmish-at-loc-kills-9-civilians
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/jk-seven-killed-in-pakistan-shelling-firing-spreads-to-loc/

3 OCTOBER 2014

India, US to work together to boost maritime security

India and the United States have agreed to step up cooperation in maritime security to ensure freedom of navigation, at a time when China has shown its willingness to exert naval pressure over its territorial claims in the East and South China seas
http://www.asianewsnet.net/India-US-to-work-together-to-boost-maritime-securi-65346.html

30 SEPTEMBER 2014

India’s navy: Strong on aircraft carriers, short of submarines

Over the last six weeks, the Indian Navy commissioned three frontline warships, boosting its fleet to 140 vessels. Another 41 warships are being built in the country, including the 40,000-tonne aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant. All these will join a « blue water » navy that will radiate influence across the Indian Ocean
http://www.sify.com/finance/indias-navy-strong-on-aircraft-carriers-short-of-submarines-news-default-oj4dLoegeaggg.html

It is time to set a new agenda in Indo-US ties: Modi and Obama

Terming the Indo-US relationship as “robust, reliable and enduring”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama today said the true potential of the ties was yet to be fully realised and the advent of a new government in India was a natural opportunity to broaden and deepen the ties.
http://freepressjournal.in/it-is-time-to-set-a-new-agenda-in-indo-us-ties-modi-and-obama/
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/anti-terror-to-trade-modi-obama-join-hands-for-model-partnership/

29 SEPTEMBER 2014

Can Modi revive the India-US relationship?

Modi’s US visit, September 26-30, has three broad aspects: Official meetings to build on existing and new pillars of the bilateral agenda; meetings with American CEOs to pitch a « reenergised » India; and connecting with the Indian American community.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/09/can-modi-revive-india-us-relati-201492872246706449.html

2014-09-29

28 SEPTEMBER 2014

India’s Great power game

The election of Narendra Modi as prime minister and geopolitical developments — particularly the US pivot to Asia and the Russia’s new Cold War with the West — have revived India’s prospects of achieving Great Power status
http://www.dawn.com/news/1134772/indias-great-power-game

27 SEPTEMBER 2014

India’s Modi calls for reform in speech to UN

Narendra Modi has used his first speech to the UN as India’s prime minister to renew his country’s call for reform of the Security Council.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-29373722

26 SEPTEMBER 2014

Suit filed in US against Modi for India riots

A human rights group in the United States has sued Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for what it says was his complicity in violence in the western state of Gujarat in 2002.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2014/09/suit-filed-us-against-modi-india-riots-201492612504882672.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/us-court-summons-based-on-class-lawsuit-against-modi/article6448408.ece?homepage=true
http://www.sify.com/news/india-slams-new-york-case-against-modi-as-frivolous-malicious-news-others-oj0wEkccgdahg.html

23 SEPTEMBER 2014

A Leadership Moment for India and the U.S.

Even before he came to office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called India and the U.S. “natural allies,” stating: “It is in the interest of both the nations to develop further on our relationship.” President Barack Obama, in turn, has outlined the task ahead for both leaderships: to work together “to fulfill the extraordinary promise of the U.S.-India strategic partnership
http://www.brookings.edu/research/flash-topics/flash-topic-folder/us-india-modi-obama-summit

19 SEPTEMBER 2014

China troops withdraw from India border as Xi visit ends

Chinese troops have begun pulling back from the disputed border with India, sources said Friday, as President Xi Jinping wrapped up a rare visit to New Delhi overshadowed by the stand-off at the remote frontier.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1132984/china-troops-withdraw-from-india-border-as-xi-visit-ends
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/hours-after-withdrawing-chinese-troops-cross-into-chumar-region-again/

17 SEPTEMBER 2014

China’s Xi makes maiden India visit, seeking to reset ties

India’s new prime minister rolled out the red carpet for Xi Jinping in his home town on Wednesday, as the Chinese president began a maiden visit with both sides seeking to reset the relationship between Asia’s rival superpowers
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinas-xi-makes-maiden-india-visit-seeking-reset-ties
http://tribune.com.pk/story/763520/chinese-premiers-visit-to-india-of-talks-investment-and-existential-threats/
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/PM-Modi-welcomes-Xi-Jinping-in-Ahmedabad-India-China-sign-3-pacts/articleshow/42728040.cms

16 SEPTEMBER 2014

India tightens Vietnam defence, oil ties

India extended a US$100 million export credit to Vietnam for defence deals and tightened energy ties on Monday during a visit to Vietnam by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/india-tightens-vietnam-defence-oil-ties-31198.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-india-vietnam-china-xi/2451075.html

5 SEPTEMBER 2014

India, Australia sign long awaited civil nuclear pact

Conservative leaders Tony Abbott and Narendra Modi sealed a long-awaited nuclear energy deal on Friday, paving the way for Australia to sell uranium to India crippled by power shortages and blackouts.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1130069/australia-india-sign-long-awaited-civil-nuclear-deal
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/05/tony-abbott-uranium-india

1 SEPTEMBER 2014

Japan and India vow to boost strategic ties during summit

Japan and India agreed on Monday to strengthen defence ties as Asia’s second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashing out at the « expansionism » of some nations
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-and-india-vow-boost-strategic-ties-during-summit
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/429897/india-and-japan-will-shape-21st-century-says-modi

23 AUGUST 2014

India and Pakistan trade gunfire in Kashmir leaving four dead

India and Pakistan traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region earlier, killing two villagers on each side and wounding several others, officials said.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/11052670/India-and-Pakistan-trade-gunfire-in-Kashmir-leaving-four-dead.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/india-and-pakistan-trade-heavy-gunfire-in-kashmir/2425607.html

21 AUGUST 2014

Obama mustn’t underestimate Modi

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent visit to India for the India–US Strategic Dialogue, in which he described India as an ‘indispensable partner for the 21st century’, is a clear effort by the American government to jumpstart the flagging bilateral partnership.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/08/21/obama-mustnt-underestimate-modi/

18 AUGUST 2014

India calls off Pakistan talks in Kashmir row

India has called off high-level talks with its neighbour Pakistan after the latter’s envoy to New Delhi held a meeting with Kashmiri pro-independence leaders, India’s foreign ministry has said
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c71f37a4-26e0-11e4-bc19-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz3Am01X0N0
http://www.dawn.com/news/1126123/india-calls-off-foreign-secretary-level-talks-with-pakistan
http://www.firstpost.com/india/pm-modis-honeymoon-with-pakistan-over-as-furious-india-calls-off-talks-1669589.html

14 AUGUST 2014

India Emerges as Largest Foreign Customer of US Arms

India has emerged as the world’s largest arms buyer in recent years, but hopes to reverse this by strengthening its domestic defense industry. The United States was India’s largest arms supplier in recent years, dislodging Russia as New Delhi’s principal source of weapons.
http://www.voanews.com/content/india-emerges-as-largest-foreign-customer-of-us-arms/2413081.html

3 AUGUST 2014

China-India energy rivalry in spotlight as Modi visits Nepal

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be looking to boost hydropower cooperation and reinvigorate ties when he lands in Nepal today in the first visit by an Indian premier in 17 years
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/423835/china-india-energy-rivalry-in-spotlight-as-modi-visits-nepal
http://www.asianewsnet.net/India-PM-in-Nepal-to-boost-ties-63017.html

29 JULY 2014

Kerry: US-India Ties at ‘Potentially Transformative Moment’

Relations between the United States and India are at a “potentially transformative moment,” with a new Indian government that presents new opportunities, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said
http://www.voanews.com/content/kerry-us-india-ties-at-potentially-transformative-moment/1967141.html

25 JULY 2014

India stands firm in opposition to WTO deal

The US accused India of bringing the World Trade Organisation to the “brink of crisis” after New Delhi said it would block a global trade deal without agreement on permanent rules covering its food programmes for the poor.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/a567594e-13fc-11e4-8485-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz38baCXVXZ
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-threatens-derail-wto-deal-prompts-angry-us-rebuke

20 JULY 2014

India to spend $ 3,5 bn on military modernization

India’s new Hindu nationalist government cleared on Saturday proposals worth nearly $3.5 billion to modernise the nation’s ageing Soviet-era military hardware and boost its domestic defence industry, a report said.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1120373/india-to-spend-35bn-on-military-modernisation

9 JULY 2014

China and India ignore border tensions to forge economic ties

While the countries stand to gain much from improved cooperation, political animosity and territorial disputes dating back to the 1962 Sino-Indian Border Conflict have undermined progress, writes World Review guest expert Vaughan Winterbottom.
http://www.worldreview.info/content/china-and-india-ignore-border-tensions-forge-economic-ties

9 JULY 2014

Bangladesh wins sea border dispute with India

A UN tribunal has awarded Bangladesh nearly four-fifths of an area sprawling over 25,000 sq km in the Bay of Bengal, ending a three-decade old dispute over a sea border with India, officials of both countries have said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/07/bangladesh-wins-sea-border-dispute-with-india-20147881221238354.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bangladesh-india-welcome-courts-ruling-sea-border

3 JULY 2014

China and India’s top brass meet in Beijing

The vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, Fan Changlong, met with the chief of the Indian Army, General Bikram Singh, in Beijing on Thursday. Singh is the first Indian Army chief to visit China since 2005
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140704000127&cid=1101

20 JUNE 2014

Revisiting India’s Nuclear Doctrine

Ever since the release of India’s nuclear doctrine in 2003, there have been occasional appeals for its review. Such appeals in the past were limited and went largely unnoticed without generating any meaningful discussion. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) 2014 election manifesto promising to “update and review” country’s decade-old nuclear weapons’ doctrine has triggered a serious debate
http://www.eurasiareview.com/20062014-revisiting-indias-nuclear-doctrine-analysis/

14 JUNE 2014

India must be ‘self sufficient’ in defence technology

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Saturday the country must be « self sufficient » in its defence capabilities at a ceremony inducting a Russian-built aircraft carrier into the navy
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/415372/india-must-be-elf-sufficient-in-defence-technology

8 JUNE 2014

India, China Hold Talks on Boosting Trade, Border Disputes

The Chinese and Indian foreign ministers have discussed ways to ease border tensions and enhance economic engagement in the Indian capital.  It is the first high level interaction between the Asian giants since a new government took power in India
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-indian-foreign-ministers-meet/1932020.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/new-india-government-talks-with-china-fm-20146813152122169.html

27 MAY 2014

Let’s turn back the clock for peace, Nawaz Sharif urges Narendra Modi

Reviving a 1999 agreement for nuclear disarmament and talks on Kashmir could be the key to peace between India and Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif tells Narendra Modi
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10858512/Lets-turn-back-the-clock-for-peace-Nawaz-Sharif-urges-Narendra-Modi.html

24 MAY 2014

Pakistan’s Sharif to attend Modi inauguration

Pakistan has accepted an invitation to Nawaz Sharif, prime minister, to attend the inauguration of Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister-designate, officials say
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/24/pakistan-s-prime-minister-to-attend-indian-prime-minister-s-swearing-in/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/pakistan-sharif-attend-modi-inauguration-201452454611476370.html

6 MAY 2014

Why India doesn’t support Western sanctions on Russia

Not only did India abstain from voting on the UN General Assembly Resolution condemning Crimea’s annexation but it has also opposed the imposition of Western sanctions. Together with its fellow members in the BRICS forum, India has rejected Australian suggestion that Russia be excluded from the G20 summit

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/05/06/why-india-doesnt-support-western-sanctions-on-russia/

27 APRIL 2014

India tests high-altitude interceptor missile

India has successfully test-fired an anti-ballistic missile capable of intercepting targets outside the earth’s atmosphere, a major step in development of a missile defence system that is available to only a handful of nations
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/04/india-tests-high-altitude-interceptor-missile-20144279237382117.html

3 APRIL 2014

Foreign Policy à la Modi

A look at Indian foreign policy since 1964 confirms that it has been characterized more by continuity than by change. And even those changes that have occurred, while important, have been incremental, and unrelated to the political ideology of the party in power. After all, as a serving Indian ambassador recently told me, “An elephant is not prone to making sharp turns

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/141095/manjari-chatterjee-miller/foreign-policy-a-la-modi?cid=soc-facebook-in-snapshots-foreign_policy_a_la_modi-040414

24 MARCH 2014

Indian Foreign Policy: The Cold War lingers

India’s support for Russia during the Crimea crisis should be a wake-up call for Washington

http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/indian-foreign-policy-the-cold-war-lingers/

13 MARCH 2014

Case against Indian diplomat who was strip-searched in US dismissed

Devyani Khobragade, the Indian diplomat whose arrest and strip-search in New York caused an international row, has case against her dismissed, but US prosecutors may refile charges related to allegations she exploited her housekeeper
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10694154/Case-against-Indian-diplomat-who-was-strip-searched-in-US-dismissed.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/india-welcomes-dismissal-of-us-charges-against-diplomat/1870247.html

24 FEBRUARY 2014

India becomes biggest foreign buyer of US weapons

India imported $1.9bn of military kit from the US last year, making it the biggest foreign buyer of US weapons, according to research from IHS Jane’s.

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/ded3be9a-9c81-11e3-b535-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz2uNCe3XKn

13 FEBRUARY 2014

US restores ties with Narendra Modi as he is tipped to be next Indian PM

The United States has ended a decade-long boycott of the Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi over deadly religious riots as a top diplomat held talks with the man tipped to be the country’s next prime minister.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/13/us-restores-ties-narendra-modi-tipped-indian-pm?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=South%20Asia%20Daily%20Brief%202-13-14

10 FEBRUARY 2014

India’s Rising Regional Military Engagement

New Delhi has been strengthening defense ties with countries across the region

http://thediplomat.com/2014/02/indias-rising-regional-military-engagement/

3 FEBRUARY 2014

The Japan-India strategic equation is not working

If New Delhi’s motive in according Abe the high honour was to elevate the profile of this year’s summit meeting and nudge him to sign on the dotted line of the proposed Japan-India civil nuclear cooperation accord, the outcome was far from satisfactory.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/02/03/the-japan-india-strategic-equation-is-not-working/

25 JANUARY 2014

India, Japan pledge stronger defence ties

India and Japan late Saturday affirmed plans to « further strengthen » defence cooperation against the backdrop of an increasingly assertive China.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-japan-pledge/968530.html http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41870&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=13fc3dd883ad5b6975463c2215ab0c80#.UuWCW8vLTIU

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/01/26/india-and-japan-asias-win-win-partnership/

18 JANUARY 2014

Pakistan-India agree to expedite process of trade liberalization

In a bid to strengthen bilateral relations, Pakistan and India Saturday decided to allow greater trade through land route, signalling a thaw in relations after a year’s standoff over military tensions on the border
http://www.nation.com.pk/business/18-Jan-2014/pak-india-agree-to-expedite-process-of-trade-liberalization
http://www.dawn.com/news/1081131/pakistan-india-agree-over-greater-trade-through-land-route

16 JANUARY 2014

Korea, India agree to upgrade trade pact, diplomatic relations

The leaders of South Korea and India agreed to upgrade their economic, diplomatic and security cooperation on Thursday, paving the way for a strategic partnership between the two countries in the future
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140116001003

10 JANUARY 2014

India asks US to withdraw diplomat as row escalates

India on Friday night ordered the United States to withdraw one of its embassy staff from New Delhi in retaliation for the expulsion of an Indian diplomat who had been charged with visa fraud in New York.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10563851/India-asks-US-to-withdraw-diplomat-as-row-escalates.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2014/01/india-asks-us-remove-embassy-officer-2014110135450998555.html

9 JANUARY 2014

Russian-India ties move into high gear

http://defencenews.in/defence-news-internal.asp?get=new&id=2890

Indian visa row diplomat Devyani Khobragade leaves US

Devyani Khobragade was ordered to leave the US on Thursday after she was indicted on criminal charges and India refused to waive her immunity
http://asiancorrespondent.com/118119/indian-diplomat-strip-searched-in-nyc-leaves-us/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-25678366

8 JANUARY 2014

Devyani Khobragade row: India orders ‘more reprisals’ against US

India has ordered more reprisals against the US as a diplomatic row continues over last month’s arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-25648285

7 JANUARY 2014

Hong Kong Kung fu movie mogul Run Run Shaw dies aged 106

24 DECEMBER 2013

Pakistan, Indian army commanders meet on Kashmir

Leading army commanders from Pakistan and India met on Tuesday in a bid to reduce tensions in the disputed region of Kashmir after a year of intermittent clashes on the de facto border.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistan-indian-army-commanders-meet-kashmir

18 DECEMBER 2013

Arrest, strip-search of Indian diplomat in New York triggers uproar

The arrest and detention of an Indian consular official in New York on visa fraud charges has created a diplomatic uproar, with punitive steps taken against State Department officials in New Delhi.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/12/17/politics/india-us-diplomat/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-25435129

6 DECEMBER 2013

India joins Japan in Asian maritime power balance

New Delhi has begun to develop a robust strategic partnership with Tokyo to avoid a similar marginalisation in Southeast Asia. If India enters into a genuine maritime alliance with Japan and acts to project naval power in the South China Sea, it could transform the security environment of the Asia Pacific region.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/12/06/india-joins-japan-in-asian-maritime-power-balance/

20 NOVEMBER 2013

Indian govt gives green light to army for China border troop beef-up

In a move to counter the Chinese building infrastructure facilities upto the Sino-Indian border, the government gave its consent to the decision of the Cabinet Committee on Security to beef up the troop strength giving the green light  for the Army to raise a Corps which will include  deployment of 50,000 additional troops there at a cost of around Rs 65,000 crore (US$10 billion).
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Indian-govt-gives-green-light-to-army-for-China-bo-54102.html

14 NOVEMBER 2013

India’s regional diplomacy faltering

From Sri Lanka to Maldives to Bangladesh, India’s relationship with its neighbours seems to have run into trouble.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indias-regional-diplomacy-faltering

10 NOVEMBER 2013

India PM to boycott Sri Lanka Commonwealth summit

Indian PM Manmohan Singh will boycott this week’s Commonwealth summit in Colombo, officials say, amid a row over Sri Lanka’s human rights record.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24887719
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/379107/india-pm-to-miss-commonwealth-summit-in-sri-lanka

29 OCTOBER 2013

India, Pakistan agree to maintain ceasefire at working boundary

India and Pakistan Tuesday agreed to observe calm along the Sialkot-Jammu working boundary after days of skirmishes which have been the worst in a decade
http://dawn.com/news/1052702/india-pakistan-agree-to-maintain-ceasefire-at-working-boundary

25 OCTOBER 2013

India’s defense procurements bungles

Bureaucratic mismanagement is depriving Indian soldiers of much-needed weapons.

http://thediplomat.com/2013/10/25/indias-defense-procurement-bungles-2/

23 OCTOBER 2013

China-India reach border defence pact

China and India have signed a deal aimed at soothing tension on their contested border, as the two countries try to break a decades-old stalemate on overlapping claims to remote stretches of the Himalayas. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/china-india-reach-border-defence-pact-2013102363258699437.html http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/india/2013/10/23/391942/China-India.htm

21 OCTOBER 2013

India PM fails to strike nuclear deal in Russia

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh failed Monday to strike a long-delayed nuclear power deal with Russia during talks with President Vladimir Putin that also focused on big arms and energy deals.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/375657/india-pm-fails-to-strike-nuclear-deal-in-russia

20 OCTOBER 2013

India PM’s Visit To Russia And China: Need For Smart Diplomacy – Analysis

It is for the first time in living memory that an Indian prime minister will visit Russia and China during the same trip, beginning 21 October. The prime minister’s visit to the two countries comes in the back drop of his recent visits to the US, Japan, Indonesia and Thailand. Taken together these visits signal a transformation of Indian foreign policy through greater engagement with countries across the world.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/21102013-india-pms-visit-russia-china-need-smart-diplomacy-analysis/

13 OCTOBER 2013

U.S.-India Relations: The Overshadowed Summit

The U.S.-India relationship is enveloped these days by grand rhetoric.  But for a reality check on the state of bilateral affairs, look no further than the summit meeting between President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh two weeks ago.  The get-together was designed to inject new energy into a partnership that just a few years ago looked so promising but which is now roundly seen as going flat.  Yet even before Mr. Singh journeyed to Washington, the trip promised to be a ho-hum visit at best.

http://chanakyasnotebook.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/u-s-india-relations-the-overshadowed-summit/?goback=%2Egde_1791498_member_5795375252246638595#%21

1st OCTOBER 2013

India-US Relations: Principle Of ‘Closest Partners’ – Analysis

The United States has placed India in the category of ‘closest partners’ for defence cooperation. The official spin, that came out of Washington, following the meetings between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Barack Obama last week, was that New Delhi would now be on the same footing as the closest allies of the US such as Britain when it comes to the transfer of defence technology.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/01102013-india-us-relations-principle-closest-partners-analysis/

29 SEPTEMBER 2013

Indian, Pakistani PMs meet in shadow of violence

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sunday held his first talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has demanded the neighbor must crack down on Islamic extremists for any improvement in ties. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has advocated an end to historic tensions with India since he swept to power in May elections, met Singh at a New York hotel on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/29-Sep-2013/indian-pakistani-pms-meet-in-shadow-of-violence

Building A Sustainable EU-India Partnership – Analysis

After nearly a decade, the ‘Strategic Partnership’ between the European Union (EU) and India launched in 2004 still has to live up to its name. The free trade agreement (FTA) has added a strategic dimension to the partnership, but long drawn negotiations soak up most of the attention and risk pegging the entire relationship to their success or failure. The volume of untapped overall potential appears to expand with time. There is a need to set the priorities for a renewed partnership that not only builds on progress made but also addresses the real needs of each partner. Trade is critically important. But beyond that, a new, forward looking partnership based on urbanisation, development and sustainable growth should be sought.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/29092013-building-sustainable-eu-india-partnership-analysis/

Indo-Japanese Relations Since The May 2013 Joint Statement – Analysis

Almost four months have passed since the Manmohan Singh -Shinzo Abe joint statement was issued following their summit meeting held in Tokyo in May, 2013. Some important developments that could transform the India-Japan partnership further have occurred during this period and there is considerable satisfaction in both countries about the follow-up measures taken by both countries.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/29092013-indo-japanese-relations-since-may-2013-joint-statement-analysis-2/

16 SEPTEMBER 2013

New role for India in Myanmar

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-160913.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2013

India tests nuclear-capable missile

India has successfully test-fired for a second time a nuclear-capable missile that can reach Beijing and much of Europe, bringing a step closer production of a weapon designed to strengthen its nuclear deterrent.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/201391573745235297.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2013

India And Nepal: Koirala’s Visit And New Delhi’s Interests

Is there a reason why the Indian government has frequently been extending invites to Nepali leaders to visit India in the past few months? What impact could this particular visit have on the current Nepali political scenario?

http://www.eurasiareview.com/14092013-india-and-nepal-koiralas-visit-and-new-delhis-interests-analysis/

28 AUGUST 2013

Can China And India Now Press The Reset Button? – Analysis

On Monday, a delegation of the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi had occasion to talk with a cross-section of Chinese think tanks, under the auspices of the Central Foreign Affairs University (CFAU), Beijing. This is the school that not only trains Chinese diplomats, but helps diplomats from various countries, including India, learn the Chinese language.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/28082013-can-china-and-india-now-press-the-reset-button-analysis/

21 AUGUST 2013

It Must Be Summer: Pakistan Shells India

India should respond to Pakistan’s mortar fire over the Line of Control with containment, not escalation.

http://fpif.org/it-must-be-summer-pakistan-shells-india/

14 AUGUST 2013

US think tank for closer India-US security cooperation

Washington: Given « India’s growing strategic importance, coupled with gaps in its homeland security enterprise, » an American think tank has suggested closer cooperation and coordination between India and the US to advance security interests of both.

http://twocircles.net/2013aug06/us_think_tank_closer_indiaus_security_cooperation.html?goback=%2Egde_150544_member_263827591#%21

13 AUGUST 2013

Pakistani prime minister calls for better ties with India

Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister of Pakistan, has called for a « new beginning » in relations with India, amid high tension over the disputed region of Kashmir

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10239396/Pakistani-prime-minister-calls-for-better-ties-with-India.html

11 AUGUST 2013

Pakistan says India fired on border posts

Pakistan has accused Indian forces of firing on its border posts close to eastern city of Sialkot in Punjab province, prompting an « intermittent exchange of fire » between the two sides. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/08/20138118293667922.html

10 AUGUST 2013

First Indian nuclear submarine set for sea trials

India’s first home-built nuclear submarine is ready for sea trials in open waters, a step before it becomes fully operational, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced Saturday.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/first-indian-nuclear/771606.html

7 AUGUST 2013

Biden visit: can India live up to US expectations?

US Vice President Joseph Biden’s visit to India on 22–25 July, while not leading to any major breakthrough, provided a valuable opportunity to renew the high-level political contact between the two countries at a time when there is some concern in India that the Obama administration is not paying adequate attention to the bilateral relationship.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/08/07/biden-visit-can-india-live-up-to-us-expectations/

6 JULY 2013

Indian says soldiers killed along Kashmir border. Pakistan denies

Five Indian soldiers have been killed in an attack on their post along the disputed border with Pakistan in northern Kashmir province just as the two nuclear rivals were readying to resume long-stalled peace talks.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10224886/Indian-soldiers-killed-along-Kashmir-border.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20130806-pakistani-soldiers-kill-five-indian-troops-kashmir-srinagar
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistan-denies-killing-indian-soldiers-kashmir

20 JULY 2013

India Marginalized in Myanmar

India has not gained much from Myanmar’s transition from military rule to a fledgling democracy. When Myanmar was ruled by a military junta and shunned by the West, India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) were seen as alternatives to Chinese influence. But as Myanmar opens up to the outside world after decades of isolation, it is turning more to the West, especially the United States, to balance China’s growing influence, and not to India.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/40479

16 JULY 2013

Military Dynamics in South Asia

India’s conventional military capabilities continue to pull ahead of Pakistan’s while also falling behind China’s. Today, the CSS’s Prem Mahadevan examines the evolving military balance among these powers, to include the impact of cross-border terrorism and India’s naval ambitions in the South China Sea.
http://www.isn.ethz.ch/Digital-Library/Articles/Detail/?ots591=4888caa0-b3db-1461-98b9-e20e7b9c13d4&lng=en&id=166546

12 JULY 2013

Viet Nam strives to strengthen strategic partnership with India

Viet Nam attaches a great deal of importance to its strategic partnership with India, which underlines the country’s policy on South Asia, as it appreciates India’s proactive role in maintaining regional and global peace, stability and cooperation.                                                                                       http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/242061/viet-nam-strives-to-strengthen-strategic-partnership-with-india.html

6 JULY 2013

China, India agree to step up border peace efforts: Xinhua

« The ministers emphasised the importance of enhancing mutual trust and understanding between the two militaries, » General Chang Wanquan of China and A.K. Antony of India said in a joint statement carried by the official Xinhua news agency.                                          http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/358686/china-india-agree-to-step-up-border-peace-efforts-xinhua

4 JULY 2013

Chinese general warns India in border dispute, calls Philippines ‘troublemaker’

An outspoken Chinese general known for his nationalist views warned India on Thursday against stirring up “new trouble” in a long-running border dispute, just as New Delhi’s defense minister was set to visit Beijing.                                                                                                           http://globalnation.inquirer.net/79787/chinese-general-warns-india-in-border-dispute-calls-philippines-troublemaker

India’s defence minister in first trip to China in 7 years

India’s defence minister will lead a high-level delegation to China on Thursday, the first such trip in seven years, as the two sides ramp up efforts to rebuild trust after a recent flare-up over a border dispute.                                                                                       http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/358310/india-defence-minister-in-first-trip-to-china-in-7-years

27 JUNE 2013

Delhi can’t copy Beijing in Central Asia

A copy is almost never as good as the original, which is why India’s efforts at copying the Chinese trajectory in Central Asia have yielded meager returns.               http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/792172.shtml

31 MAY 2013

Japan, India seek prompt N-accord

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh agreed to conclude a nuclear cooperation agreement as soon as possible.                                                                                                                                                   http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000268214

22 MAY 2013

China turns friendly with India – but why?

When China’s former premier, Wen Jiabao, visited India in December 2010, he was full of talk about the two countries’ joint aspirations, their friendship, their co-operation, and about how their two-way trade would almost double to US$100 billion a year by 2015.                                                                                                                                                   http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5435&Itemid=174

20 MAY 2013

China and India pledge to improve ties

India and China will study new ways to ease tensions on their ill-defined border after an army stand-off in the Himalayas, Chinese premier Li Keqiang has said during his first official foreign trip.                                                                                                 http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/20/chinese-leader-seeks-trust-in-india/                                                                                          http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201352014448364150.html

19 MAY 2013

Indian, Chinese Leaders Meet to Strengthen Ties

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in India Sunday at the start of a three-day visit, just days after the peaceful end of a tense border standoff in the Himalayan mountains. China says placing India first on the itinerary of new Premier Li Keqiang demonstrates the importance Beijing places on the relationship between the two countries.                                                                                                                    http://www.voanews.com/content/indian-chinese-leaders-meet-to-strengthen-ties/1663864.html                                                                                                                         http://asiancorrespondent.com/107862/chinese-premier-heads-to-india-to-boost-ties/                                                                                      http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/19/china-india-ties-lessons-from-a-himalayan-standoff/

13 MAY 2013

New Sukhoi base to cover south India

Even as the western and eastern fronts with Pakistan and China are bolstered with additional Sukhoi-30MKI squadrons, India has also kick-started plans to base its most lethal « air dominance » fighter in south India to keep a « strategic eye » over Indian Ocean.
http://defenceforumindia.com/forum/indian-air-force/51017-new-sukhoi-base-cover-south-india.html

11 MAY 2013

Sino-Indian Relationship: New Paradigm

India has trapped itself into an anti-Chinese matrix set in place by the United States. This has led to a situation where the military is increasing its say in foreign and domestic policy and pushing aggressive postures on to the civilian government. Unless India abandons its aspirations to great power status and pursues a foreign policy which builds on Asian strengths and cooperation, it will continue to become cannon-fodder for Western strategic aims.                                                                                                                                                                                             http://www.epw.in/web-exclusives/sino-indian-relationship-new-paradigm.html?goback=%2Egde_1791498_member_238609841

2 MAY 2013

India, China remain at odds over alleged border incursion

Two weeks ago, Indian military officials announced with expressions of shock that a platoon of Chinese soldiers had crossed the de facto border between the giant neighbors and set up camp an unprecedented six miles into Indian-claimed territory, sparking a still-unresolved standoff. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/india-china-remain-at-odds-over-alleged-border-incursion/2013/05/02/dd9c0150-b324-11e2-9fb1-62de9581c946_story.html

22 APRIL 2013

India will take every step to protect its interests: Defence Minister AK Antony on China incursion in Ladakh

More than a dozen Chinese soldiers continue to be stationed a remote camp some 10 kilometres (6 miles) within Indian territory in Northen Ladakh. The Indian army set up its own temporary camp just 500 meters (1600 feet) from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers                                                                                           http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/india-will-take-every-step-to-protect-its-interests-defence-minister-ak-antony-on-china-incursion-in-357177                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130422-417752.html

13 APRIL 2013

India upgrades strategic ties with Japan and Vietnam

The strategic importance of Asia in the 21st century has the world watching. While China has expanded its economic and military might it has growing rivalry with India, Japan and South Korea. Even USA in the Asia Pacific. India and Japan can cooperate proactively in order to tap the vast energy, mineral and livelihood resources in this region as well as in the adjoining South China Sea by checkmating China that has been eyeing the region under the ‘String of Pearls’ strategy. By doing so, both India and Japan can enhance their respective naval capability, transportation systems and maritime security. Vietnam’s relations with Japan and India are flourishing and the year 2013 is considered a pivotal year for the three countries to lay foundation for more sustainable cooperation in the next 40 years. India is better placed to contribute towards this aim in all fields­­–defence cooperation, political cooperation, economic and technical assistance and technology transfers etc.                                                                                                                                                           http://www.dsalert.org/defence-and-security-roundup/2013/04/india-upgrades-strategic-ties-with-japan-and-vietnam/

13 APRIL 2013

India to spend $3 billion for 3 more Talwar-class frigates

A formal contract is likely to be signed after Russia delivers to India the third and final Talwar-class stealth frigate INS Trikand. http://indrus.in/economics/2013/04/13/india_to_spend_3_billion_for_3_more_talwar-class_frigates_23773.html

10 APRIL 2013

Deepening US–India trade relations

Trade with India represents a big prize for the United States because of the size and strength of the Indian economy, but there are still challenges for US companies doing business in India.                                                                                                                                                             http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/04/10/deepening-us-india-trade-relations/

5 APRIL 2013

India’s Foreign Policy

The 2012-2013 annual report of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) begins with the statement that “India’s foreign policy (is) rooted in national ethos”. This seemingly innocuous sentence is indicative of all that is wrong with policy formulation at the MEA. http://southasianidea.com/foreign-policy/indias-foreign-policy/

26 MARCH 2013

The Desi Factor in U.S.-India Relations

According to a new Gallup survey, more than two-thirds of the U.S. public has a positive impression of India, a score that even edges out Israel’s traditionally-high favorability rating. This is the latest indicator of how decisively American perceptions about the country have changed.                                                                                                                      http://chanakyasnotebook.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/the-desi-factor-in-u-s-india-relations/?goback=%2Egde_4023266_member_226640958

25 MARCH 2013

India and Sri Lanka: More constructive role needed

There was no doubt that the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) would pass the U.S.-backed resolution against Sri Lanka for its treatment of the Tamil minority. After keeping many guessing how it would vote, India ended up supporting the motion, alongside 24 other countries. Of the remaining countries, 13 voted against it and eight abstained.                                                                                                                                http://thediplomat.com/the-pulse/2013/03/25/india-and-sri-lanka-more-constructive-role-needed/?goback=%2Egde_160896_member_226265081

21 MARCH 2013

Italy-India row: Rome to send marines back for trial

Two Italian marines accused of murdering two Indian fishermen, in a case that has sparked a diplomatic row, are to be sent back to Delhi for trial.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21887903

19 MARCH 2013

China, India should accommodate each other’s core concerns: Xi

China’s new President Xi Jinping today unveiled a five-point formula to improve ties with India, proposing accommodation of each other’s core concerns and proper handling of differences while seeking peace on the border as a resolution of the dispute « won’t be easy » http://www.deccanherald.com/content/320065/china-india-should-accommodate-each.html

15 MARCH 2013

India bars Italian envoy from leaving over marines row

India’s supreme court has temporarily barred the Italian ambassador from leaving the country as a diplomatic row over Rome’s refusal to return two of its marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen intensified.                                                http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/15/world/asia/india-italy-fishermen/index.html?hpt=ias_c2                                                                                             http://www.france24.com/en/20130315-india-italy-incident-sea-diplomatic-choppy-waters-fishermen-marines                                                                                       http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5254&Itemid=174

14 MARCH 2013

India in talks with Russia on lease of second nuclear submarine

India is ready to finance the completion of a partly constructed nuclear submarine which sits at the Amur Shipbuilding Plant in the Russian Far East, the Russian government news agency RIA Novosti quoted an unnamed “highly-placed” source in the defence industry. http://defenceforumindia.com/forum/indian-navy/48818-india-talks-russia-lease-second-nuclear-submarine.html

12 MARCH 2013

Sino-Indian Relations Full of Contradictions

The punditry gods were smiling when Beijing and New Delhi declared 2012 as the Year of Sino-Indian Friendship. After all, it was a most curious designation, and not just because 2006 had received the same appellation with little to show for it. Indeed, the Chinese that year revived their territorial claims over all of Arunachal Pradesh, a state in India’s remote northeast that lies along their long-contested Himalayan border and which Beijing now insists on calling “South Tibet.”                                                                      http://chanakyasnotebook.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/sino-indian-relations-full-of-contradictions/?goback=%2Egde_4023266_member_221087468

9 MARCH 2013

Pakistan PM arrives in India to ‘open arm’ welcome

Pakistan’s premier Raja Pervez Ashraf arrived in India Saturday for a pilgrimage to a revered Muslim shrine, with Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid welcoming him with « open arms ».                                                                                                    http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130309-407463.html

8 MARCH 2013

India’s Defence Budget: Inadequate Outlay

The funds allotted for defense expenditure by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram for the Financial Year (FY) 2013-14 are inadequate to meet the growing threats and challenges facing the country, modernization of the armed forces and India’s increasing responsibilities as a regional power.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://cogitasia.com/india%E2%80%99s-defence-budget-inadequate-outlay/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_220945456

28 FEBRUARY 2013

Indian Defence Budget 2013-14

While presenting the Annual Budget to the Parliament on February 28th, India’s Finance Minister hiked the defence allocation by 5.3% to $37.4 billion to be spent during the financial year 2013-14 starting from April 1st.                                    http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/216/Indian-Defence-Budget-2013-14

20 FEBRUARY 2013

The trial and tribulations of Indian forces

While spending billions of dollars on defense equipment, India’s military faces a number of challenges in its quest to enter the 21st century. http://thediplomat.com/2013/02/20/the-trials-and-tribulations-of-indias-armed-forces/

18 FEBRUARY 2013

Cameron arrives in India as Anglo-French rivalry peaks

India had barely bid adieu to French President François Hollande – who left town optimistic about a $12-billion contract for French fighter jets – when British Prime Minister David Cameron touched down at Mumbai airport on Monday amid a scandal engulfing an Anglo-Italian helicopter deal.                                                                                                                                                                                             http://www.france24.com/en/20130218-india-france-britain-cameron-hollande-anglo-french-rivalry-trade

15 FEBRUARY 2013

India, Maldives reach diplomatic impasse

In a dramatic development, Mohamed Nasheed, who until last year was the democratically elected president of the island nation, took political refuge in the Indian Embassy in Male on Tuesday, after a court in the Maldives issued a warrant for his arrest.              http://thediplomat.com/the-pulse/2013/02/15/india-maldives-reach-diplomatic-impasse/

Kashmir border: India kills Pakistani soldier

A Pakistani soldier who strayed over the border in the disputed territory of Kashmir has been killed.                                                                                                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-21469446

10 FEBRUARY 2013

France upbeat on prospects for Indian fighter jet deal- minister

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Sunday that talks with India to finalise the purchase of French Rafale war planes were looking up.                                                                                                                                                                                                               http://www.sify.com/news/france-upbeat-on-prospects-for-indian-fighter-jet-deal-minister-news-international-nclcaejajig.html

25 JANUARY 2013

Time to bridge Sino-Indian border differences

The Sino-Indian border dispute in India’s eastern sector is one of the most intractable land conflicts. The quarrel has entangled China and India since 1949, and resulted in the 1962 border war which saw India defeated at the hands of China. Both countries have entered negotiations, but « incompatibilities » are constantly stalling the process                                                             http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/OA25Df02.html

10 JANUARY 2013

Another Pakistani soldier dies as Kashmir border crisis continues

A Pakistani soldier has died after coming under fire from Indian troops in Kashmir, according to Pakistan’s military, in the latest tit-for-tat death even as politicians tried to take the heat out of a developing border crisis. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9793692/Another-Pakistani-soldier-dies-as-Kashmir-border-crisis-continues.html                                                                                                                                                         http://www.euronews.com/2013/01/10/pakistan-soldier-in-kashmir-killed-by-india-troops/

8 JANUARY 2013

India claims two troops killed by Pakistan over Kashmir border

Two Indian troops have been killed, one of whom was ‘mutilated’, in a gunfight with Pakistan forces on Indian-controlled territory close to the line of control which marks the unofficial border between the two states. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9788051/India-claims-two-troops-killed-by-Pakistan-over-Kashmir-border.html  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/01/201318131527741342.html

6 JANUARY 2013

Pakistani soldier killed in border clashes with Indian troops

A Pakistani soldier has been killed and another injured in clashes with Indian troops along the disputed border in divided Kashmir, in a serious test of the recent improved relations between the two nuclear-armed rivals. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9783738/Pakistani-soldier-killed-in-border-clashes-with-Indian-troops.html                                                                                                                                                                      http://asiancorrespondent.com/94840/pakistan-says-1-dead-in-border-clash-with-india/

28 DECEMBER 2012

Paying Dividends: The US-India Nuclear deals Four Years on

Four years after a historic nuclear deal was signed, many in American policy circles deride the agreement as a failure. They’re wrong.                                                                                  http://thediplomat.com/2012/12/28/americas-strategic-bet-on-india-is-paying-off/

24 DECEMBER 2012

Putin to focus on economic ties on trip to India

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin arrives in India in Monday on a visit intended to help cement Russia’s position in the growing Indian market and reinvigorate political ties. http://asiancorrespondent.com/94237/putin-to-focus-on-economic-ties-on-trip-to-india/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20834910

20 DECEMBER 2012

ASEAN-India ties boosted by FTA conclusion

Twenty years of ASEAN-India ties received a boost in New Delhi on Thursday 20  with the announcement that the much-awaited ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has been concluded, after discussions on the investment and services chapters were completed http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southasia/view/1243743/1/.html

19 DECEMBER 2012

India Pokes Nose into South China Sea

Indian Navy Chief Admiral D.K. Joshi’s recent comment that India will protect its interests in the South China Sea by « sending forces » if need be, has created consternation in the region and added to the tensions generated by the countries already laying claim to various parts of the seat) http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5059&Itemid=174

4 DECEMBER 2012

India’s African “Safari”

Trade with Africa jumped from U.S. $3 billion in 2000 to $52.81 billion in 2010-11 and is expected to exceed $90 billion by 2015. India has emerged as Africa’s fourth largest trade partner, after the European Union, China and the United States. Its cumulative investment in the continent exceeded $35 billion in 2011 in industries diverse as energy, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and telecommunications.                                                                                                                                                                 http://thediplomat.com/2012/12/04/indias-african-safari/

3 DECEMBER 2012

Indian navy prepared to deploy to South China Sea to protect oil interests

The Indian navy is prepared to deploy vessels to the South China Sea to protect India’s oil interests there, the navy chief said on Monday amid growing international fears over the potential for naval clashes in the disputed region. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121203-387407.html

26 OCTOBER 2012

Foreign Minister S M Krishna quits before India reshuffle

The move comes ahead of an expected cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh this weekend. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20096813

4 OCTOBER 2012

India renews Taiwan embrace

Although India recognizes the government of the People’s Republic of China (mainland China) instead of the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) as the legitimate government of the territory of China, relations between India and Taiwan have grown substantially since the two countries had set up representative offices in each other’s capitals in 199 http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/NJ05Df01.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2012

India Backs Foreign Investment in Retailing

After years of intense debate, India’s government agreed on Friday to open the country’s retail sector to global behemoths like Wal-Mart and Ikea, pushing for a profound shift in India’s economic and political direction http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/15/business/global/india-backs-foreign-investment-in-retail-sector.html?ref=asia

8 SEPTEMBER 2012

India and Pakistan Sign Visa Agreement, Easing Travel

Pakistan and India signed a new visa agreement on Saturday, easing restrictions for travelers in a move seen as a tentative step between the rival South Asian countries to normalize their troubled relations http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/world/asia/india-and-pakistan-sign-visa-agreement-easing-travel.html?ref=asia                                                                                                                                                http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-19530819

4 SEPTEMBER 2012

China, India defense chiefs meet in sign of thaw

The defense ministers of India and China on Tuesday agree to resume military exercises, signaling a thaw in military ties despite an ongoing dispute over Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. http://asiancorrespondent.com/88760/china-india-defense-chiefs-meet-in-sign-of-thaw/                                                                                                                                                                                  http://ntdtv.org/en/news/world/asia/2012-09-04/india-and-china-agree-to-improve-defense-ties.html http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/09/chinese-and-indian-defense-ministers-meet-warily.html

10 JUNE 2011

China’s Territorial Disputes with India

http://www.2point6billion.com/news/2011/06/10/chinas-territorial-disputes-with-india-9450.html