South China Sea Disputes and Southeastern Asian Countries.(Interview of Major General S B Asthana by SCMP)

Looking at South China Sea dispute today, the game of military posturing continues with China's incremental encroachment in the region and infrastructure development (including military infrastructure), and similar countermoves and military postures to ensure freedom of navigation by US (including commencement of official visits to Taiwan). It reminds me that nothing much has changed in … Continue reading South China Sea Disputes and Southeastern Asian Countries.(Interview of Major General S B Asthana by SCMP)

North Korea and South China Sea Flash-points: Are worthwhile Options left on US Table?

Sharing with friends my article published in Indian Defence Review on 06 October 17,  News mobile on 05 October 17, Future Directions Initiative(Australia) and Borderless News and other publications after updation, in different forms, as the subject has new developments on daily basis. (Last updated on 07November 2017) Photo- http://www.express.co.uk During recent verbal exchanges of … Continue reading North Korea and South China Sea Flash-points: Are worthwhile Options left on US Table?

Doklam Standoff Resolution: Interview of Maj Gen S B Asthana by SCMP

  (Views of Major General S B Asthana,SM,VSM, (Veteran), Questioned by Jiangtao Shi of South China Morning Post on 29 August 2017.    Question 1 (SCMP) Are you surprised that the over 70-day military standoff ended all of a sudden just days ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s trip to China for the BRICS summit? The … Continue reading Doklam Standoff Resolution: Interview of Maj Gen S B Asthana by SCMP

Doklam Plateau Standoff or South China Sea: Chinese Active Defence Strategy turns into Incremental Encroachments

  As Comprehensive National Power (CNP) of China is growing, its strategy to impose its national will (as perceived by its few key leaders), exercise its power through its behavior in the international arena is undergoing noticeable change. Besides unprecedented economic growth in last few decades, its technological advancement gave significant boost to its soft … Continue reading Doklam Plateau Standoff or South China Sea: Chinese Active Defence Strategy turns into Incremental Encroachments

Situation in South China Sea

China on the pretext of sovereignty claims based on her perspective of historical maritime boundaries, has carried out incremental encroachment into South China Sea, as part of her 'Active Defence Policy' is worrisome for other claimant countries, as well as troublesome for other users of South China Sea following UNCLOS. While China will like to … Continue reading Situation in South China Sea