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Focus on China: Decoding trends – India and its maritime neighbours

The Press Institute of India hosted on August 19 and 20 a conference, titled, ‘Xi Jinping’s third term: Implications for India and the global order’. The conference was organised by the China Study Forum in collaboration with the School of International Cooperation, Security and Strategic Languages, Rashtriya Raksha University, and the National Maritime Foundation. The China Study Forum comprises the Chennai Centre for China Studies (C3S), the Institute of Contemporary Studies Bangalore (ICSB), the Press Institute of India (PII), Chennai, and the Foundation for Non-violent Alternatives (FNVA), New Delhi.

Pictures here are from the second session titled, ‘Decoding trends from India’s neighbourhood, the sub-theme being ‘India and its maritime neighbours’.  Commodore R.S Vasan IN (Retd), director general, C3S, and regional director, National Maritime Foundation, Tamil Nadu, chaired the session.  An assessment of Chinese maritime interests in the Indian Ocean Region was provided by Commodore V Venugopal IN (Retd).  N. Sathiya Moorthy, policy analyst and commentator, Chennai, dwelt on China’s ambitions in the Maldives. And Col R. Hariharan, VSM (Retd), former military intelligence officer and specialist on South Asia, joined online and spoke about China’s role in Sri Lanka and the implications for India.

Commodore Vasan with his introductory remarks.
Sathiya Moorthy speaking.
Col R. Hariharan speaking online.
A question from an international relations student in the audience.