In this episode, Rahul Karan Reddy from ORCA speaks to Dr. Manpreet Sethi on her recently published article titled, ‘China’s Nuclear Build-up: Implications for India’. Dr. Sethi explains the context for the latest developments surrounding China’s nuclear weapons program, detailing the factors that explain China’s decision to enhance the survivability of its nuclear arsenal. Dr. Sethi discusses how the latest developments influence the nuclear posture of other East Asian states like Japan and South Korea, who face an increasingly belligerent North Korea and share apprehensions about China’s military posture. For India, Dr. Sethi argues that the focus ought to be on enhancing conventional capabilities rather than engaging in an action-reaction spiral with China. Click here to read Dr. Sethi’s article mentioned in the podcast.
China’s Nuclear Build-up: Implications for India
By — Dr Manpreet Sethi;
China’s nuclear build-up is much in news. The November 2022 annual report on Military and Security Developments related to the People’s Republic of China, released by the US Defence Department has raised its own estimates from last year on the likely increase in China’s nuclear warheads.
In this episode, Omkar Bhole from ORCA speaks with Ratish Mehta on his recently published opinion piece titled “India and the Global Divide in Sanctions against Russian Oil”. Ratish elaborates on the objectives of the sanctions and why differing perceptions exist on the same. The discussion ranges from the impact of the sanctions on India and the global south as well to how China and India have reacted to the sanctions. Ratish observes that India’s position has brought forth a larger dilemma to India’s foreign policy understanding with regard to its attempt of balancing two of its immediate core interests. Click here to access the opinion piece mentioned in the podcast.
India and the Global Divide in Sanctions against Russian Oil
By — Ratish Mehta;
The price cap mechanism on Russia’s seaborne crude oil exports that took effect on December 5th 2022 has more or less brought to light the divide in the global north and south’s energy interests. On the one hand, western enforcers of the price cap comprising of the G7 countries and Australia have sought to limit Russian profits of war through a set of sanctions while on the other, countries from the global south see the embargo as detrimental to their vital energy security.