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Japan-Australia agreement to take ties to new level
K.V. Kesavan and R. Sruthi
23 July 2014
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Canberra will be remembered for signing the long pending bilateral trade agreements between Australia and Japan. The agreement is expected to take the bilateral economic relations to a new and a much higher level.
 
China's increasing openness and self-confidence
Manoj Joshi
22 July 2014
China sees its primary focus as on neutralising the US- Japan challenge on its eastern seaboard. To that end, maintaining an even keel in its relationship with India makes good sense.
 
BRICS Bank: A long overdue development
Mohan Guruswamy
19 July 2014
The BRICS bank, now tentatively called the New Development Bank, is indeed a new and long overdue development. It is the first step towards reforming the world financial system. It has to be read against the decision of the BRICS nations to do trade more with each other on the basis of currency swaps.
 
BRICS of a new world
Samir Saran
14 July 2014
The Fortaleza summit will represent the reboot of BRICS. Prime Minister Modi has the biggest political mandate among his BRICS counterparts, and also the weight of the largest expectations.
 
BRICS needs doses of steroids to prosper
Samir Saran and Vivan Sharan
14 July 2014
Perhaps, the most critical issue for the five BRICS leaders, who will meet at the sunny shores of Fortaleza, will be practical goal-setting. This will be an exercise in planning and coordination to maintain continuity as well as honing in on objectives for the long term. If there is an opportunity to be seized in cross-leveraging political and economic ties, it will be in the coming years.
 
Drawing lines in the water
C. Raja Mohan
14 July 2014
There are unlimited possibilities for strengthening maritime cooperation with Bangladesh and Myanmar - ranging from joint scientific research to environmental monitoring and from major trans-border projects to trilateral naval exercises. If Delhi decides to play for small stakes in the Bay of Bengal, it will deal itself out of the emerging great game in the east.
 
Iraq crisis and regional implications
Ravi Joshi
04 July 2014
The old colonial borders drawn in the Middle East appear headed for a major overhaul and the fresh re-drawing of the map will set out tremors far beyond the region.
 
Development of Northeast and Modi's policy with its neighbours
Joyeeta Bhattacharjee
26 June 2014
Along with proposing new measures and initiatives, the Narendra Modi government should focus on completing the already proposed projects that would benefit the region like the implementation of the Kaladan Multimodal transit project with Myanmar.
 
Panchsheel blues
C. Raja Mohan
26 June 2014
While rhetoric is common in diplomacy, Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari, when travelling to Beijing this week, might want to look beyond Panchsheel formalism and explore the prospects for expanding overland commerce and contact with China.
 
Bridging the India-China divide
N Sathiya Moorthy
20 June 2014
Whatever shape future talks between India and China takes, bilateral problems, including the border dispute, have taken more time than their people can wait, to address leave alone resolve them.
 
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