It isn’t Regionalism, It’s SAARC: Re-Imagining regionalism in South Asia

While the world goes through a wave of nationalism and rethinking of free trade, Asia and Africa are witnessing a renaissance of free trade initiatives and collaborative opportunities. Be it the ‘One Belt One Road’ initiative led by the Chinese or the positive growth of African Union as an organization, regionalism is thriving in the East while it stumbles in the West. Continue reading “It isn’t Regionalism, It’s SAARC: Re-Imagining regionalism in South Asia”

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China’s Asian Ascent: Why Asia is moving in to China’s Corner

As the new government takes shape in Washington, the situation in South China Sea is fast evolving in to a walk over for Chinese hegemony. The July 12 ruling by the International Court on South China Sea was sweeping to say the least but what followed that ruling i.e. the reactions by all involved as well as major stake holders, points to rapidly changing dynamics of the region. To add fuel to fire, the foreign policy faux paus of the new president elect in the US haven’t helped to address the growing concerns of traditional US allies in East Asia. The ‘Taiwan call’ may have sold well in the US, but its aftermath has been swift and ongoing. Since the call, the Chinese military has flown missions over contested islands and seized a US naval drone in international waters. Going forward in these conditions, what can we expect in East Asia and the South China Sea region?  Continue reading “China’s Asian Ascent: Why Asia is moving in to China’s Corner”

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