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A Wedge Triangle : Russia Japan and China

The new iteration of Russia’s national security strategy and the latest Xi-Putin joint statement offer important clues to wedges that can be exploited in Russia’s relationship with China and Japan. On 2nd July, President Putin approved a new iteration of Russia’s national security strategy. The overwhelming focus on preserving the...

Technopolitik #3 Of Myths and Delusions – Mirage of high-tech self-sufficiency,Porous Censorship,Emerging tech and risk reduction, 5GW, and Game of drones

Read the full edition and subscribe here Matsyanyaaya #1: High-Tech Self-Sufficiency is a Delusion — Pranay Kotasthane (An edited version of this article first appeared in Times of India Plus on 22nd June 2021) The near-daily cadence of reports highlighting China’s growing technology prowess has set the cat among the pigeons in many democracies....

‘Gray zone’ intrigue may derail Russia-Japan cooperation

Read the Full Text of the Article on Asia Times  Rightly or wrongly, Moscow may interpret recent events as ‘war by other means’ waged by US ally Japan Russia and its adversaries are equally obsessed with a full spectrum of “gray zone” activities, including high-tech military, industrial and corporate espionage. While Russia does...

Finnish intel review sheds light on relations with Russia

Finland is wary of a possible Russian clash with NATO in the Baltic region The Finnish Defense Forces (FDF) have come out with their first-ever Military Intelligence Review. It is a comprehensive document with due regard to the global security picture and legal caveats in the Finnish security apparatus. The presumable...

UK outlines global-focused defense strategy

Britain seeks to remain relevant in a world where it sees threats proliferating, while its finances are shrinking The United Kingdom has outlined a vision for its defense and foreign-engagement priorities in its latest Integrated Review and Defense Command Paper. The paradigm of defense reviews in the UK goes back...

The Takshashila PLA Insight: Issue No 95

China-India Brief; Cyber Nuclear C3; Security Forces and AI Research; Annual Intelligence Report; National Security Day; Germany-Japan Security Talks I. The Big Story: China-India Brief Last week, the 11th round of Corps Commanders-level meetings yielded no results. China’s Western Theatre Command’s (WTC) spokesperson issued a statement after the meeting, “It is hoped that the...

Takshashila Discussion Document – China’s Nuclear Ambiguity and its Implications for India

Download the Discussion Document in PDF Abstract China’s evolving security dynamics with the United States have compelled it to rethink its nuclear strategy to achieve effective deterrence. It is aiming to modernise its nuclear arsenal and increase its nuclear ambiguity through conventional-nuclear entanglement. Ambiguity will increase the risks of mischaracterisation...

Russia-Japan relations and why the Kurils matter

While there are signs of pragmatism in both Moscow and Tokyo, this last barrier to concluding WW2 remains The Kuril Islands, or the Northern Territories as Japan likes to call them, are at the center of an uneasy relationship between Russia and Japan. The USSR occupied the islands between August...

How a new rail line in China will pose a security challenge to India

The Sichuan-Tibet rail link will help China mobilise the 77th Group Army and consolidate its hold on the border defence villages along the Sino-Indian border China’s 14th Five-Year Plan, approved in the recent National People’s Congress’s (NPC) annual session, outlines the Sichuan-Tibet railway line near the China-India border as a...

The PLA Insight: Issue no 92

China-India Brief: Tibet, China-India Nuclear Stability; Military Drivers of BRI; PLA Modernisation 2027; The Philippines-China Stand-off; Taiwan I. The Big Story: China-India Brief There is no information available yet on the 11th round of the Corp Commander-level meeting. After completing the disengagement process from both the north and south banks of...
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