Over the past several months, confidential diplomatic cables sent by US embassies across the world to the State Department headquarters in Washington, DC, as well as directives sent by the State Department to its international outposts, have found their way into the public domain through the WikiLeaks website. This has led to much controversy – ranging from debates on the propriety or otherwise of publishing such secret communications, and the nature and limits of free speech, to the attempts by the US government to crack down on WikiLeaks in the name of national security.
Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
China, Southasia and India
On May 19 2013, newly appointed Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in New Delhi for a series of meetings with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The visit is Keqiang's first outside of China since assuming power in March.
From our archive:
Purna Basnet discusses Chinese engagement in Nepal vis-a-vis security issues in Tibet and broader geo-strategic plans in Southasia (April 2011).
Fatima Chowdury relates the story of Calcutta's Indian Chinese community through the lens of political and economic upheavals in Southasia and China (May 2009).
Simon Long notes the importance of the Sino-Indian relationship for the rest of Southasia (September 2006).
J.N Dixit ruminates on the strategic concerns of the 'Middle Kingdom' in the wake of India's 1998 nuclear tests (June 1998).