Gateway Features

China wins this TikTok round

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On 20th September, after much backing and fourthing, U.S. President Donald Trump didn’t ban Chinese social media app TikTok, but suggested that American entities hold a controlling stake in TikTok Global, with data residing in the U.S. Has the world lost an opportunity to bring China to the global negotiating table on digital governance? Has the opportunity to tear down the firewalls that enclose China, and prevent the world read more

India, the G20 and an African agenda

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Africa has been finding a foothold on the G20 agenda over the previous decade. This should be firmed up further in the decade of the 2020s, and it is India that can make the difference. India’s leadership reiterates regularly that Africa figures among its top foreign policy priorities. Beyond the bilateral track, however, the multilateral domain is also consequential. It is now time to match words with action. India is set to join the G20 read more

Women power the armed services

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A milestone on gender parity in the Indian armed forces was reached this week, when a woman IAF officer was assigned to train as an active flyer for the Rafale Jet fighter aircraft. This along with the recent announcement by the Indian Navy that two women officers will work on Naval warships as part of the ship's crew, will certainly expand women's participation in the armed forces. read more

BECA and the 5G-weather clash

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A key task for the newly elected government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to decide on the content of the last of the India-U.S. foundational agreements – the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geospatial Cooperation (BECA). BECA, like the previous agreements – Logistics Support Agreement (LSA) and Communication Interoperability and Security Memorandum Agreement (CISMOA) read more

Research

Cyber agenda for India’s digital payments

India has rapidly transitioned from a cash-based economy to one reliant on digital payment systems. This has resulted in financial inclusion and greater transparency, but also expanded the system’s vulnerability to cybercrimes. This paper analyses India’s digital payments industry, maps the potential threat vectors and recommends measures to strengthen the cybersecurity of digital payment systems

Foreign Affairs

China’s Coming Upheaval

The U.S.-China relationship, which has wavered between cooperation and competition, has, over the past few years, veered more sharply towards confrontation – possibly because of China’s own more assertive stance. Now, Beijing’s confidence is under test, not only by these fractious relations, but also COVID-19 and an economic slowdown. Will these factors reveal its weaknesses?

Book Reviews

The Myth of Chinese Capitalism

China’s dramatic political and economic rise over the past three decades has been well recorded. Less known is the effort of China's rural labourers and migrants, which has largely enriched the coastal elites, instead of creating the egalitarian, capitalist, society China espouses. Dexter Roberts’ book takes us deep into the story of China’s rise, and exposes this reality. Roberts chronicles the lives of the many rural folk he has met during two decades of work and travels in China. It gives the book a personal and compassionate note, with the authenticity of a hands-on China expert.

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