Speaking Of Asia: ChIndia's last chance

India and China are engaged in a military build-up along their disputed borders even as they make an effort to improve ties on other fronts.

Last week, the well-attended Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi, a session on emerging geometries in the Indo-Pacific, saw assembled the Indian and French navy chiefs, the head of the US Indo-Pacific Command, chief of the joint staff of Japan's Self-Defence Forces and the Australian Defence Force chief.

Except for a rare question or two on Japan's military build-up and posture - principally by this writer and addressed to Japan's Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano - the talk was overwhelmingly China, China, China.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 18, 2019, with the headline 'ChIndia's last chance'. Print Edition | Subscribe