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Is Sri Lanka the new hotspot in India-China relations?

Chinese- and Indian-funded capital projects in Sri Lanka are mired in controversy. GRI asks: has the island state has become a new frontier in Sino-Indian relations?

Asia Pacific Economics Technology and infrastructure

Sino-Indian relations in the Indian Ocean can be win-win

With Chinese- and Indian-funded capital projects in Sri Lanka mired in controversy, it is tempting to assume that the island state has become a new frontier in Sino-Indian relations. The reality, however, is not nearly so dramatic.

Asia Pacific Economics South and Central Asia

China’s growing presence ratchets tensions in Sri Lanka

Holding a key position along strategic maritime routes, Sri Lanka has drawn a high level of economic investment. China and India, long-time competitors for influence in the Indian Ocean, have brought their geopolitical competition to the ports of Sri Lanka – and raised social unrest risks locally in the process.

Asia Pacific Security

Trump’s Asia tour: don’t expect any breakthroughs on North Korea

Dominating the agenda of Trump’s Asia tour is the looming threat from North Korea. Yet his bellicose posture is likely to be an impediment to diplomacy.

Asia Pacific Economics South and Central Asia

Will Trump’s Asia tour fix America’s Southeast Asia problem?

Trump’s Asia tour is a chance to present a more concrete US strategy, to reassure allies, and to shape the region’s geopolitics in America’s favor.

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy Security

Risk of US-China showdown hangs over South China Sea

While all eyes are on North Korea, the shadow of a more traditional big-power conflict between the United States and China hangs over the South China Sea.

Asia Pacific Security Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Security in the Sulu Sea is set to improve

The region of the Sulu Sea, just last year branded the ‘New Somalia’, is benefiting from a new trilateral security initiative.

Asia Pacific Politics

What Xi’s report to the 19th Party Congress tells us about a more assertive China

The 19th Party Congress offers valuable insight into the foundation, new direction, and priorities of Chinese policy for the next five years.

Asia Pacific Politics

Can Trump reverse Thailand’s drift towards China?

By emphasizing “America First,” Trump has been able to reengage Thai military leaders. But will this be enough to turn back Thailand’s closeness to China?

Asia Pacific Security

Is Duterte backpedaling on the drug war?

Recent polls suggest President Duterte’s bloody drug war may have lost popularity with the Filipino people, suggesting its end may be in sight.