ORCA’s key objectives are as follows:
- To build knowledge, interest and understanding across sectors, professionals and laypeople regarding China’s innate perceptions of —and responses to—Asia and especially India..
- To assess and decode data/resources that narrate the daily ‘chatter’ of China’s domestic circles on happenings both within China and involving China beyond its own borders.
- To link this data/resource collection with the broader political, diplomatic, cultural, economic and social developments taking place and their impact on India’s regional power, India-China ties and India’s national and economic security.
- To ensure that the venture emerges as a go-to resource tool for policymakers, scholars, students and enthusiasts alike.
- To implement research and data from social media ‘chatter’ in China to dedicated subsections focused on India’s neighborhood, Indo-Pacific partners, culture, economics, maritime security and Asian security as forays to study vis-à-vis China’s domestic developments.
- To publish daily newsletters, monthly reports and frequent publications that are dedicated to deciphering broader strategic meaning of on-ground ‘chatter’, data and information vis-à-vis China, China-India relations, Asian security, the Indo-Pacific and the nexus between China’s domestic policies and international outlook.
Now that you are here, we would also love for you to understand our rationale behind our logo and namesake acronym. The orca is considered one of the deadliest mammals, while concurrently ranking as amongst one of the most intelligent species, on the planet. Orca’s are also called ‘Pandas of the Sea’ –allowing a parallel to China’s unofficial diplomats, the giant pandas. This allows ORCA a link to China with its own identity creation in mind. Furthermore, as orcas —despite being ferocious— only defend rather than attack and are known to be great at conflict resolution, our logo’s mascot draws parallels to India’s own strategic autonomy, no-attack policy and role as a promoter of peace and the rules-based order.