India, US decide to deepen military-to-military ties

India will participate in the Rim-of-the-Pacific (RIMPAC) multilateral naval exercise and another multilateral Red Flag exercise – an air-to-air combat exercise in 2016. India and the US have decided to further deepen their military-to-military ties by participating in more bilateral exercises. The decision came during a meeting between Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his US counterpart Ashton Carter yesterday.…

The clash in U.S. over Paris climate talks

The Atlantic, 19 November, 2015 Discord in Congress highlights the challenge for the U.S. of confronting global warming. Diplomats will descend on Paris at the end of November for United Nations climate talks that could prove pivotal in the fight against global warming. President Obama has labored to show that the U.S. is serious about…

WTO meet: India needs to stand by farmers

livemint, 30 November, 2015 D. Ravikanth Developing countries must ensure that WTO is not reduced to a permanent satellite of Washington and Brussels.   An electoral debacle for the ruling party in a major state is one thing. But the failure to safeguard the interests of hundreds of millions of poor farmers will be a…

Envoys cry foul as US seeks to protect its farm export credits

livemint, 2 November, 2015 D. Ravikanth Washington is accused of ‘hypocrisy’ after having denied such flexibility to India and others on food security proposals. The US has demanded ‘safe harbor’ protection for its controversial farm export credit programme from the disciplines underpinning the World Trade Organization’s agreement on subsidies and countervailing measures despite denying such…

String of Pearls: China, India and U.S. contest

Huffington Post, 24 April, 2015 Siyu Yang Flip to the back of a five rupee Pakistani note and you will see red-orange cranes amid a seascape of soft, complementary blue. The illustration is of Gwadar Port, brainchild of the Pakistani government since the country’s independence in 1947. Its management transfer to the state-owned China Overseas…

The US-China South China Sea Showdown

The Diplomat, October 2015 The United States and China are hurtling toward a showdown over Freedom of Navigation in the the South China Sea. The U.S. Navy is poised to sail near seven artificial islands China constructed in the Spratly archipelago over the past two years as a means to challenge any excessive or illegitimate Chinese sovereignty claims there.…