Australia: A Key Player in the Indo-Pacific in 2018
Under Donald Trump, an unpredictable and isolationist United States has injected discord into the international system and no more so than in the Indo-Pacific region. The discomfort felt by U.S. allies and partners is exacerbated by the fact that Washington’s new unpredictability has been accompanied by an increasingly assertive China. One ally in particular, Australia, has now joined the likes of India, Japan and ASEAN members such as Singapore, in taking note of the Trump administration’s unpredictable approach towards the Indo-Pacific region and has begun to plan accordingly.

India to woo ASEAN with connectivity, maritime projects
It is destination ASEAN for India this new year even as the government is all set to woo the 10 member countries with mega connectivity plans while paving the way for a grand roadmap on maritime security and cooperation.

India and Japan prepare joint mission to the moon
India and Japan are preparing to fly each other to the moon as two of Asia’s leading economic powers team up to counter China’s growing prowess in space exploration.

RIC meet: India and Russia must close all gaps in ties
The 15th foreign ministerial meeting of Russia, India and China (RIC) trilateral grouping, originally scheduled for April, comes after eight months of arduous negotiations following Chinese intransigence: First, due to their objections to the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh and second, the Dokalam stand-off.

As India, Russia mark 70th year of ties, report calls for revamp of engagement
New Delhi: As India and Russia mark 70 years of diplomatic relations, a report on the state of ties between the two nations brought out by two think tanks calls for a major revamp of the engagement between the once-close partners.

Tillerson in India: China, Afghanistan and Pakistan to dominate agenda
New Delhi (CNN)The Trump administration's South Asia strategy is in the spotlight this week, as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in New Delhi after stops in Kabul and Islamabad.

The Ancient Origins of Diwali, India’s Biggest Holiday
Every year around October and November, Hindus around the world celebrate Diwali, or Deepavali—a festival of lights that stretches back more than 2,500 years. And in India, the five-day celebration marks the biggest holiday of the year.

Narendra Modi’s vision of a ‘new India’ is being tested
The prime minister wants to ‘purify the country’ but the shock of demonetisation has cast doubt over his methods

India gains from soft power in South East Asia
NEW DELHI: China may have penetrated Southeast Asian markets on the strength of its financial muscle but India’s attempts to use its soft power to revive historical links with the region appear to be bearing fruit.

India-EU summit signals progress but no big results
Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, has described the EU and India as natural partners.