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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 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 Economics

Modi’s consolidation of power comes with opportunities for reform

Since Narendra Modi became Prime Minister in 2014 the BJP has rapidly consolidated power, giving him the ability to enact substantial reforms.

Asia Pacific Security

India’s Aadhaar programme and the future of biometrics

India’s biometric identification programme, Aadhaar, has gone from an optional program to a mandatory one and is collecting more data than ever expected.

South and Central Asia

A stellar power in the making? The role of India in the global space economy

This year has been a milestone for India in terms of increasing its competitiveness in the growing global space industry.

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

Water wars: China’s new weapon against India

With border tensions continuing near Pangong Lake, China has fashioned a powerful weapon in the form of water to undermine Indian territory.

Asia Pacific Finance

Money talks: China’s purse strings direct Pakistan’s war on terror

China is being lauded as Pakistan’s new partner, in the fight against regional terrorism, by offering soft loans in the interests of securing the China-Pakistan corridor.

South and Central Asia Technology and infrastructure

Kaladan woes reflect frustrated Indian vision for Myanmar and Southeast Asia

India’s ambitions to establish a foothold in Myanmar and strengthen ties with Southeast Asia risk being jeopardised by the ongoing Kaladan project.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

China hosts BRICS. South Africa considers early election. Kenya markets react to nullified election. Baltic PMs meet in Poland. All in The Week Ahead.

Asia Pacific Economics

Are the “Asian Tigers” hamstrung by hidden flaws?

Despite years of high economic growth, Asia faces serious challenges, which will push many key Asian nations towards instability.