Transcript: « The South China Sea: Disputes, Risks and Diplomacy »

Who would control South China Sea?

The South China Sea: Disputes, Risks and Diplomacy

Why is there maritime tension between China and its southeast Asian neighbours, and where is it heading? Lord Michael Williams and Christian Le Mière of International Institute for Strategic Studies discuss at Chatham House on 23 October 2012.

China’s Naval Strategy: Strategic Evolution and Emerging Concepts of Warfare

How India sees China presence in « its » Ocean?

Maritime Ambitions of China

The String of Pearls is following oil & trade routes

Before the 15th century China was a seafaring nation, with advanced shipbuilding and navigation skills. After the famous voyages of Admiral Zheng He during the Ming period which demonstrated what a powerful naval fleet could achieve, an eccentric emperor did a complete volte face, banned all maritime activity, and systematically dismantled its sea power, going to the extreme of destroying all important mariners’ records and shipbuilders’ texts in a medieval version of the Cultural Revolution.1 This effectively blocked China from becoming a seafaring nation for centuries.

India’s Industrial Sector: Faltering Growth?

Where India goes?

Liberal reforms in India

In its second term in office since 2008, the Congress-led central government has frequently failed to implement a second round of liberal reforms. However, the sharp slowdown in economic growth and growing pressure to revive investor confidence led the government to implement a number of liberal reforms on September 13-14, including opening the multi-brand retail sector to 51% foreign direct investment.

Afghanistan: who after NATO?

China’s Afghan Moment

Zhou Yongkang (R, front), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, holds talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai (L, front) in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 22, 2012. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

Until recently, Beijing’s policy in Afghanistan could be characterized as masterful inactivity: It sat on the sidelines of a war that it wanted neither side to win. But the late September visit by security chief Zhou Yongkang, the first by a senior Chinese leader in almost five decades, is the most visible sign that the U.S. 2014 withdrawal date is bringing that spectator status to an end. As the United States dials down its goal of defeating the Taliban, China could become Afghanistan’s most important mediator and investor.