A Retrospective Analysis of Mao Zedong Thought and its Modern Day Relevance

A Retrospective Analysis of Mao Zedong Thought and its Modern Day Relevance

A Retrospective Analysis of Mao Zedong Thought and its Modern Day Relevance

By – Sachin Singh;

As the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) celebrates its centenary, it seems appropriate, in fact essential, to have a relook at its journey from a twenty first century perspective. An analysis of the unparalleled position held by Mao Zedong and his thoughts is central to this endeavour.

Faction Politics in China and its Implications for the 20th Party Congress

Faction Politics in China and its Implications for the 20th Party Congress

Faction Politics in China and its Implications for the 20th Party Congress

By – Omkar Bhole;

Most countries in the world have a political system where like-minded people from similar groups or parties run the country. However, such a system is largely open and transparent in democratic countries. In the case of China, this system, referred to as factionalism, is too opaque and thus, leaves much room for speculation.

China’s Food Security Strategy in the New Era: Policies and Challenges

China’s Food Security Strategy in the New Era: Policies and Challenges

China’s Food Security Strategy in the New Era: Policies and Challenges

By – Ahana Roy;

Chinese President Xi Jinping recently stressed the importance of independence in seed sources and emphasised the need for sustained efforts to achieve China’s food security. Furthermore, in April 2021, Xi Jinping declared that “food security is an important foundation for national security.”

Analysing China’s nuclear capabilities and implications for India.

Analysing China’s nuclear capabilities and implications for India.

By – Nichole Ballawar

Beijing’s nuclear ambitions are gaining traction. The rising tensions between India and China may have an impact on nuclear dynamics between the two Asian giants in the near future. In such a connection, there are characteristics of stability and instability that must be considered. This issue brief will attempt to answer questions about China’s growing nuclear capabilities and the consequences for India.

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Belt and Road Initiative: Relevance beyond the Xi Jinping regime?

Belt and Road Initiative: Relevance beyond the Xi Jinping regime?

By – Abhishek Verma and Team ORCA

The Belt and Road (BRI) initiative, erstwhile referred to as the ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR), has been one of the most debated infrastructure development ventures of the 21st century. Xi Jinping’s mammoth and ambitious venture has multiple dimensions and a complex array of implications. The initiative has been the lynchpin of the Chinese foreign policy under Xi and is closely connected to his ‘strongman’ international image As Xi prepares for a third term in office amidst the highly uncertain post pandemic economic order, the BRI project could yet face its biggest hurdles. This issue brief will seek to answer this question, connecting it to the broader implications of what the BRI post-Xi would look like.

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Political Will Versus Requisite Policy: Analysing Pakistan’s National Security Policy

Political Will Versus Requisite Policy: Analysing Pakistan’s National Security Policy

By – Shreyas Deshmukh

Similar to “Vision 2030” launched by General Musharraf in 2007 and “Pakistan 2025” by Nawaz Sharif in 2014, probability is that the recently launched National Security Policy by Imran Khan will be forgotten in days to come. Sheer guiding principles and objectives in the document cannot change the policies unless there is a political will. There remains a sharp contrast in present government’s policies and the objectives it wants to achieve.

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The Intelligentisation of Social Governance: The rise of Chinese Surveillance State

The Intelligentisation of Social Governance: The rise of Chinese Surveillance State

By – Sruthi Kalyani

Amidst more informatised and intelligent forms of surveillance and control, especially when these technologies are widely exported, the geopolitical implications are worrisome. With these concerns, this issue brief attempts to study and analyse the consequences of China’s ‘intelligentised social governance’. The brief is divided into two sections – the first section outlines the development of China’s surveillance mechanisms over the years, and the second section identifies certain geopolitical implications of China’s digital authoritarianism and surveillance practices.

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