How to heat up lukewarm India–China relations

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives a floral bouquet from a young Chinese child on his arrival at Xi’an Xiangyang International Airport in Xi’an, 14 May 2015. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Peter Martin, APCO Worldwide

The relationship between China and India will be one of the most important of this century. Their ability to cooperate will be crucial on international issues ranging from climate change to multilateral trade negotiations. Yet for all of its future significance, the relationship remains shallow, unbalanced and stuck in the past. Read more…

Pakistan and India should go further than MFN to boost integration

A Pakistani labourer carries an empty fruit basket following his day's work in Lahore on November 12, 2011.  (Photo: AAP).

Authors: Nisha Taneja and Vatsala Shreeti, ICRIER

Is the time ripe for a new push for normalised trade between India and Pakistan? The foreign secretaries of both nations recently met in Islamabad. The two countries can expect formal talks to resume after a hiatus of six months. This came soon after the announcement by Khurram Dastgir, Pakistan’s Commerce Minister, that Pakistan may grant ‘non-discriminatory market access’ or Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India, a move that will get the two countries closer to striking a deal to fully liberalise trade between them.  Read more…

India’s renewed push into the Indian Ocean

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Anerood Jugnauth, inspect an honour guard on Mauritius Island, 11 March 2015 (Photo: AAP).

Author: Rupakjyoti Borah, India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka reflects New Delhi’s changed foreign policy priorities. It signals that India is no longer willing to be outmanoeuvred in the Indian Ocean region — its strategic backyard. Read more…

Modi tinkering at the edges of trade policy

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi poses with supporters on 11 April 2015 after his visit at the WWI Indian Memorial of Neuve-Chapelle-Richebourg, northern France. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Rajiv Kumar, Centre for Policy Research, India

The Foreign Trade Policy of the Modi government, announced by trade minister Nirmala Sitharaman in early April, represents business as usual. It aims at only incremental change rather than the bold new beginning that is needed if India is to ‘assume a position of leadership in the international trade discourse’. Read more…

Why India needs to ‘act’ East

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the 12th ASEAN-India summit in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 12 November 2014. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Tridivesh Singh Maini, Jindal School of International Affairs

Ever since former prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao reshaped India’s foreign policy in the 1990s under the so-called ‘Look East’ policy India has strengthened ties with Southeast Asia. The current government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unequivocally said that it is keen to progress from the ‘Look East’ policy to ‘Act East.’ Read more…

Land policy vital for Modi’s manufacturing dream

Indian farmers form a human chain on the shore of Bay of Bengal to protest against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s Land Acquisition Bill in Chennai, India, 1 April 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Geethanjali Nataraj and Richa Sekhani, ORF

Land acquisition is becoming risky and uncertain in India. Delays, protests and resistance on the part of the displaced — as have been observed in Bengal and Odisha — have curtailed investment in India’s infrastructure sector. Read more…

Why the RCEP is the opportunity India needs

Indian fruit vendors wait for customers as they sell bananas on the roadside in Amritsar on 1 April 2015. (Photo: AAP)

Authors: Bipul Chatterjee and Kyle Robert Cote, CUTS International

As two mega-regional preferential trade agreements — the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) — loom closer to completion, India must move towards higher trade standards. Trade diversion from non-member countries of these mega-regional trade agreements is likely to occur and could be detrimental. This is a serious concern for developing countries cut out of the talks. Read more…