Anurag writes, A Chess Tournament called “Belt and Road 2017” is about to conclude. A school team tournament called the First Chongqing Belt and Road Chess International was played in the month of September 2017. The Belt and Road Haikou Youth Football Tournament was played out in November. China is clearly investing in soft power and also extending the scope of its Belt and Road initiative to sports and cultural realms, particularly involving the youth. A firm resolve to execute President Xi Jinping’s ideology is also evident
Narender writes, India as a sovereign nation is entitled to enter into a bilateral economic activity with another nation. India should not be taking sanction from China with whom it should have economic, political, diplomatic and military cooperation on the principle of equality and mutual interest.
The United Service Institution of India (USI) conducted a Round Table Discussion at USI on 13 December 2017. The speakers were Dr Thomas Lynch, Distinguished Research Fellow for South Asia and the Near East in the Center for Strategic Research (CSR) at the Institute of National Strategic Studies (INSS) at the National Defense University (NDU) and Shri TCA Raghavan, IFS (Retd).
The Strategic Panel Discussion setting is premised on the prevailing global geopolitical developments and its wider ramifications for regional peace and security. The discussion provided a broad overview of geopolitical and strategic trends in the Indo-Pacific and Geo Politics of Combating Terrorism in Af-Pak Region, and their impact on regional stability and balance of power