The Dragon and the Elephant: Communication Rebooted

There is no doubt major clashes have affected Sino-Indian relations over the decades.  The 1959 Tibetan Uprising protesting Chinese rule resulted in Indian recognition and promised sanctuary of the Dalai Lama.  A disputed Himalayan border caused clashes with troops from both sides culminating a Chinese win in the 1962 Sino-Indian War.  Further border incidents occurred … Continue reading The Dragon and the Elephant: Communication Rebooted

Mackinder and Mahan: The Chinese Geopolitics in South Asia

Geopolitics are always at play within international relations, but none more so than the current role the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has in South Asia.  Sir Halford Mackinder explained the Heartland Theory in “The Geographical Pivot of History” in 1904.  Whichever nation controlled Eastern Europe would control the Heartland (the core of Eurasia); subsequently … Continue reading Mackinder and Mahan: The Chinese Geopolitics in South Asia

The Dragon’s Indian Ocean Grasp

The Maldivian government is a fragile democracy, with its first elected president, Mohamad Nasheed, in 2008. After a controversial ruling where he jailed a judge in 2012, Nasheed resigned and the people eventually elected Abdulla Yameen as their next leader.  Although not necessarily a defining factor of his personality, Yameen is the half-brother of the … Continue reading The Dragon’s Indian Ocean Grasp