China's Strategic Ambitions in the Age of COVID-19

China's Strategic Ambitions in the Age of COVID-19

The growth of China’s economic and military might long precede the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. China was already pressing ahead with its maritime territorial claims, especially in the South China Sea and its continental territorial claims against India. China’s military power has also increased several folds and the pandemic has created opportunities to service its territorial ambitions, which Beijing is increasingly exploiting. It has made critical strategic bets on its ties with Pakistan and Myanmar, and pursued a coercive strategy against states in South East Asia. This Global Policy and Observer Research Foundation volume, edited by Kartik Bommakanti, captures the ambitions, complexities and impact of Beijing’s strategic choices as well the response of different countries to China’s growing assertiveness across the Indo-Pacific.

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Chinese Military Power

The India-China Military Matrix and their Modernisation Trajectories
Authors: Harsh V. Pant and Anant Singh Mann

COVID-19: The Chinese Military is Busy Exploiting the COVID-19 Pandemic
Authors: Harsh V. Pant and Kartik Bommakanti

China’s Growing Counter-Space Capabilities
Author: Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan

Rising Tensions in South China Sea: Why India Should Worry
Author: Abhijit Singh

China’s Strategic Calculus in South Asia

The Ladakh Crisis: India’s Lapses and China’s Stealth Aggression
Author: Kartik Bommakanti

Chinese Checkers in Bhutan?
Author: Manoj Joshi

The Mekong Subregion in Beijing’s Strategic Calculus
Author: K. Yhome

The Ladakh Lesson: India Must Guard Against Chinese Tech Intrusion
Author: Gautam Chikermane

China in the Wider Indo-Pacific and Regional Responses

In Xi and Trump’s Shadow: The Evolving Australia-India Partnership
Author: Ian Hall

Decoding the Initial Response and Ongoing Impact of COVID-19 in Southeast Asia
Author: Premesha Saha

Japan’s China Dilemma in the COVID-19 Pandemic Situation
Author: K.V. Kesavan

Taiwan Question in Indian Foreign Policy
Authors: Harsh V. Pant and Premesha Saha