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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.

Made in American, Again – Why Manufacturing Will Return to the U.S.

Build in the USA!

U.S. Could Add 5 Million Manufacturing Jobs by 2020

The United States is becoming a one of the lower-cost manufacturing centers in the world, according to a new study by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Low labor and energy costs are expected to continue making the U.S. more competitive and could lead to as many as 5 million new manufacturing jobs in the U.S. by 2020. BCG also notes that U.S. exports have grown by 30% since 2006.

Organized Retailing in India – Challenges and Opportunities

Retail in India open to worldwide competition?

FDI in retail to encourage competition

Coming to the defence of the government facing stiff opposition over opening multi-brand retail to foreign investment, the Competition Commission of India today said that entry of big players in the retail market would encourage competition.

TAPI – IPI: North Stream and South Stream tactics for Turkmenistan?

Everyone’s Competing For Access To This Country’s Natural Gas Reserves

Turkmenistan’s natural gas reserves are the fourth largest in the world according to energy giant BP, behind Russia, Iran and Qatar. The reclusive Central Asian nation is far from alone, however, in hoping to capitalize on this fact. Numerous outsiders including, but not limited to Russia, India, Pakistan, Turkey, China, the US all hold interests in the nation’s vast hydrocarbon stores. Some seek direct access to the reserves for energy purposes, while others’ interests are more subtle and strategic. We’re going to try to break down these competing interests into country-specific narratives to flesh out the importance and complexity of the game developing in and around Turkmenistan.

The EEZs’ chess games: what about the Indian Ocean?

Indian Ocean: Strategic Imperatives For India To Keep It Indian – Analysis

By Dr Subhash Kapila

“The Indian Ocean is where the rivalry between the United States and China in the Pacific interlocks the regional rivalry between China and India and also with America’s fight against Islamic terrorism and the Middle East, which includes America’s attempt to contain Iran” — Robert Kaplan

Water challenges for India: dependent on others’ resources

India’s Water Scarcity Poses Major Long-Term Risks

The issue of water shortages is likely to become more prominent over the coming decades, as the world’s population rises and economic activity increases. In fact, water scarcity is likely to become a major security risk in several parts of the world, as we discuss in our Defence & Security reports. Meanwhile, BMI recently published an article on the impact of water shortages on India’s agriculture.

Spratlys islands: in the middle of EEZs?

Seabed resources or strategic trade routes approach?

Philippines sends more troops to guard disputed islands

The Philippines has deployed 800 more Marines and opened a new headquarters to guard its interests in the disputed Spratlys islands, which China also claims …

Iran tankers fleet growing

Sanction efficiency # energy pragmastism

China delivers first of new Iranian oil tankers

A Chinese shipyard has delivered the first of 12 supertankers to Iran, giving Tehran extra capacity to transport its oil to Asia as it struggles against Western sanctions, but it is unclear if the ship has the permits necessary to call at global ports.

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