All stories by Srikanth Kondapalli
Why India must protest China's Hong Kong policyRediff.com30 May 2020
'India need to look beyond the economic prism.' 'China had no qualms in taking the Kashmir issue to the UN Security Council last year -- not once, but thrice -- thus violating Indian sensitivities,' observes China expert Srikanth Kondapalli.
What the rise in China's defence budget really meansRediff.com24 May 2020
'China's opaque defence allocation processes are shrouded in mystery and have triggered security dilemmas among its neighbours and others,' notes China expert Srikanth Kondapalli.
Trump's visit: How will China react?Rediff.com23 Feb 2020
'While many Chinese policy makers dismiss the political, economic and technological component of US-India relations, they express caution on the defence-related ties which also happens to be a major driver in US-India relations,' explains China expert Srikanth Kondapalli.
Chennai Connect doesn't improve India-China trade tiesRediff.com14 Oct 2019
China had been trying hard to enter the Indian market, without opening its own to Indian products. There is an economic crisis in India-China relations that the Chennai Connect barely scratched the surface, points out Srikanth Kondapalli.
China's UNSC gamble is a setback to relations with IndiaRediff.com17 Aug 2019
'India needs to closely monitor the discussions at the UNSC and make counter-measures as this touches its core interests', points out Srikanth Kondapalli.
Costs for China in J-K are exorbitant now as it was thenRediff.com8 Aug 2019
The reasons for China's negative response are located in its territorial dispute with India but also to its grand designs of dominating the region from its previous position of being merely a "balancer" between India and Pakistan, points out Srikanth Kondapalli, Professor in Chinese Studies at JNU.
5 issues to watch out for at SCO's Qingdao summitRediff.com8 Jun 2018
'Given the sharp increase in oil prices, a mounting problem for the 2nd and 4th largest importers like China and India -- the Qingdao meeting is likely to push for the large energy producers (Russia and the Central Asian Republics) and energy consumers (China and India) to arrive at some understanding for mutually beneficial outcomes,' notes Srikanth Kondapalli.
Buying time at WuhanRediff.com30 Apr 2018
The Wuhan meetings signify an incremental shift in China's position on India as well as each country buying time for the next phase of bilateral relations, says Srikanth Kondapalli.
Xi wants China to be the world's top powerRediff.com21 Oct 2017
'Xi's emphasis on enhancing conventional military deterrence capabilities, joint operations and power projection are likely to increase friction points with India as with other nations,' points out China expert Srikanth Kondapalli.
Xi wants to become the most powerful leader on earthRediff.com17 Oct 2017
'At the previous 18th party congress, Xi vowed to protect China's 'core' interests.' 'As a result, India faced a barrage of serious incidents on the borders with China -- at Depsang, Chumar, Pangong Tso and Doklam.' 'New Delhi will watch closely the political signals emanating from Beijing this week,' says China expert Srikanth Kondapalli.
Will China resume building roads in Doklam?Rediff.com29 Aug 2017
'While overall this is a face saving deal just before the BRICS meeting in Xiamen, any forward military movement at Doklam once again could bring the two Asian giants at loggerheads,' says China expert Srikanth Kondapalli.
What next in the India-China standoff?Rediff.com14 Jul 2017
'The border standoff, if not properly addressed by both sides, could escalate to a conventional or sub-conventional conflict between India and China,' predicts Srikanth Kondapalli, one of India's leading China experts.
How India must play new round of Chinese checkersRediff.com23 Jan 2017
China's white paper on Asia-Pacific security cooperation extends an olive branch to India. It mentions India 15 times -- a record in all Chinese white papers issued so far. New Delhi's response will need to be carefully calibrated, says China expert Srikanth Kondapalli.
What did Modi and Xi's 9th meeting achieve?Rediff.com18 Oct 2016
China continues to hold out on fingering Pakistan as the 'mothership of terror,' declaring Masood Azhar a terrorist at the UN, and India's membership of the NSG, says China expert Srikanth Kondapalli.
India must tell China it is playing with fireRediff.com12 Aug 2016
'While China expressed reservations on the Indian role in the South China Sea, Beijing threw to the winds Indian concerns on Kashmir by announcing $46 billion in investments Pakistan occupied Kashmir,' says Srikanth Kondapalli.
What the South China Sea verdict meansRediff.com13 Jul 2016
'China, which had earlier blockaded New Delhi's bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group by citing the nuclear non-proliferation law, finds itself in an awkward position and international isolation.' 'India needs to pursue a policy of mediation between China and the Southeast Asian countries for regional security,' says Srikanth Kondapalli.
What will Parrikar achieve in China?Rediff.com18 Apr 2016
'China refuses to talk to India on nuclear or ballistic missile issues and conclude any de-targeting agreement as Beijing did with Russia or a non-targeting agreement with the US.'
India must change course in the South China SeaRediff.com8 Mar 2016
Since 55 per cent of Indian trade passes through the South China Sea, and with over $5 billion investments in the energy sector in Vietnam, it is imperative India actively pursues its national interests in the region, says Srikanth Kondapalli.
He couldn't give a damn for what the world thinks!Rediff.com5 Feb 2016
Pyongyang wants the world to recognise its nuclear capability, says Srikanth Kondapalli.
Taiwan's first lady Prez faces the Chinese ChallengeRediff.com20 Jan 2016
How will China deal with Taiwan's first woman president? Srikanth Kondapalli explains the significance of a historic election.
Will these India-China army exercises achieve anything?Rediff.com14 Oct 2015
'The focus on countering terrorism brings to the issue Beijing's non-serious approach in this regard. India's permanent representative at the UN has raised in vain the issue of funding and the release of 26/11 suspect Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi. But China has blocked these objections since December 2014 at the UN even after 'highest levels' in India intervened,' notes Srikanth Kondapalli, reviewing the India-China military exercises in Kunming.
Operation Malabar: A warning to ChinaRediff.com12 Oct 2015
China's South China Sea build-up and 'territorial sea' construct potentially affects 55 percent of Indian trade passing through the region. Hence, coordinating with the US and Japan could provide dividends to India in the longer run,' says Srikanth Kondapalli.
Missile show of strength marks China's coming out partyRediff.com11 Sep 2015
'Extending the range of the DF-21D could challenge Indian aircraft carriers if the missiles are launched from southwest China. Also, if Pakistan acquires these systems, these missiles could directly challenge India's aircraft carriers.'
Force China to open its markets for Indian goodsRediff.com19 Aug 2015
'India needs to adopt a more proactive policy of triggering exports to China.'
BRICS Summit: Opportunities for India, Russia and ChinaRediff.com30 Jun 2015
Srikanth Kondapalli on what to expect from the seventh BRICS summit meeting to be held in Russia in July.
Why India must pay attention to China's defence plansRediff.com2 Jun 2015
In the case of India, there are no specific references in China's white paper. However, there are several takeaways for India, says Srikanth Kondapalli.
7 reasons why Modi's visit to China was differentRediff.com18 May 2015
Unlike in the past, Modi made candid, frank and direct remarks on his hosts by suggesting that the Chinese side is holding back on further improving relations, says Srikanth Kondapalli.
Modi-Li talks: Aspirational, productive and positiveRediff.com15 May 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had gone to China with a bagful of initiatives, but not all seems to have been fulfilled given China's reluctance to go the whole hog with him
Economics for India, strategic trust for ChinaRediff.com14 May 2015
While the two sides' objectives may appear to differ, it is clear that both India and China are emphasising on the common minimum possible areas of cooperation between them, says Srikanth Kondapalli.
5 things Modi should understand about ChinaRediff.com4 May 2015
'While visits and personal meetings are useful, changes of strategic significance have occurred recently, with Beijing trying to take the lead which Modi must take note of.'
What China's hiked defence spending means for IndiaRediff.com23 Mar 2015
'Assuming the official defence allocations represent the true picture, the $142 billion figure still represents a phenomenal increase and surpasses that of Japan ($42 billion), India ($40 billion), South Korea ($33 billion) and several other Asian countries put together and shows that China is flexing its military muscle.'
China's mandarins get candid about problems aheadRediff.com19 Mar 2015
Premier Li Keqiang highlighted his government's performance in the last one year and the challenges ahead in various fields. Compared to other reports by his predecessors, Li spoke more frankly about the mounting challenges faced by the country. Srikanth Kondapalli on the two recent Chinese parliament sessions.
Strategic Vision: Taking India to the EastRediff.com3 Feb 2015
India has moved beyond the traditional trappings of non-alignment
Does China's nuclear power pose a threat to India?Rediff.com21 Oct 2014
Despite four disarmament section talks and six strategic dialogues between the two foreign ministries, China's intransigence on recognising Indian nuclear status resulted in no confidence building measures in the nuclear field between the two, says Srikanth Kondapalli.
Five issues that will top Xi's agendaRediff.com16 Sep 2014
Chinese President Xi Jinping has suggested five thrust areas to improve relations with India. It is likely all these issues, in addition to the points raised by Xi at Fortaleza, will be part of the joint declaration at the end of his visit to India, says Srikanth Kondapalli.
Dawn of a new era in India-Japan relationsRediff.com2 Sep 2014
'The regional context and the personal ties between Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to a large extent contributed to this dawn of a new era in bilateral relations,' says Srikanth Kondapalli.
Did India gain anything from Modi-Xi meeting?Rediff.com18 Jul 2014
All the three issues raised by China at the Modi-Xi meeting are either intractable or peripheral to the bilateral relations and suggest conventional methods to placate the other side without yielding much, says Srikanth Kondapalli.
How the new government should deal with ChinaRediff.com6 Jun 2014
The new government needs to clearly insist on diplomatic reciprocal arrangements with China. While reciprocity is a function of power in bilateral relations, the Modi-led government's responses should be based on India'S inherent strengths, says China expert Srikanth Kondapalli.
6 reasons why Modi needs to put China firstRediff.com16 May 2014
As India rises, creating niche areas for itself in the Asian landscape, China and India are bound to step on each other's vital areas of importance, says Srikanth Kondapalli.
Kunming knife attacks: China is playing with fireRediff.com3 Mar 2014
Domestically, China's 'strike hard' policy is alienating Uighurs further in Xinjiang. China's quid pro quo with the Taliban is hardly any lasting solution to the Afghanistan crises or to regional security, says Srikanth Kondapalli.