Opinion no. 24: Japan’s defense budget to be increased by almost 3 %

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For the third consecutive year [1], Japan’s defense budget is increased (2.8 percent over the previous fiscal year) till 4.98 trillion yen (i.e. 42 billion $) [2]. This is the largest ever defense budget in Japan and it will raise the defense expenses for the fiscal year which starts in April till 5% of Japan’s […]

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Opinion No. 2: China’s ‘reality game’ of GO: the Chinese Navy in the Indian Ocean

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“It’s doubtful any Chinese president worth his salt would place Chinese interests in the East or South China Sea in jeopardy for uncertain stakes in the Indian Ocean”[1] said U.S. Naval College professor James Holmes in an article published on October 7. Lanka’s Colombo port was visited in early September 2014 by a P.L.A.N. (People’s […]

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Policy Paper No.4: Asia-Pacific: Geostrategic significance of a strong Indian-Japanese partnership

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Diplomatic talks between Indian and Japanese top officials, aiming to significantly improve the cooperation of the two Asian countries continued on September 1 in Japan. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Japan on August 30, for five days, and he already had an official meeting in Tokyo with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe. Their […]

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