Asia Unbound

Asia Unbound

CFR fellows and other experts assess the latest issues emerging in Asia today.

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Trump and Modi held bilateral talks at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France in August 2019. Carlos Barria/Reuters

India and the G7

On June 2, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald J. Trump spoke by phone. According to the Indian government’s call readout, the president “conveyed his desire to expand the ambit of the [G7] grouping beyond the existing membership, to include other important countries including India. In this context, he extended an invitation to Prime Minister Modi to attend the next G-7 Summit to be held in USA.” Read More

South China Sea
Rising Tensions in the South China Sea
The risk of a military confrontation between the United States and China in the South China Sea is growing. In a new Center for Preventive Action report, Oriana Skylar Mastro details how the United States could prevent a clash, or take steps to de-escalate if one should occur.
The Ecological Roots of Pandemics
Even as politicians promote conspiracy theories on COVID-19's emergence, its most likely origins lie in their longstanding negligence of environmental health.
Reflections on India’s Foreign Affairs Strategy
I had the opportunity earlier this week to take part in a fascinating webinar discussion, hosted by Brookings India, on India’s foreign policy strategy. The anchor for the conversation was a new pape…
  • Japan
    Japan: An Opportunity in the Post-Corona World
    This post is part of a series from Asia Unbound. The post is authored by Nobumasa Akiyama, a professor of International Politics in the School of International and Public Policy at Hitotsubashi Unive…
  • India
    India’s New Self-Reliance: What Does Modi Mean?
    On Tuesday, May 12, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a primetime address to the nation on the coronavirus (Hindi text released here, and English here). With India in a national lockdown …
  • Australia
    Australia: Is the United States Still a Reliable Ally?
    The pandemic and tensions with China are creating a wedge between Canberra and Washington.
  • Asia
    Australia and New Zealand Are Crushing COVID-19; Will Their Reopening Strategies Work for Other Countries?
    New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, declared victory against her country’s coronavirus outbreak last week, stating that “There is no widespread undetected community transmission in New Zeal…
  • India
    India: Why the Pandemic and China’s Actions Are Strengthening U.S. Ties, For Now
    This post is part of a series from Asia Unbound. The post is authored by Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, distinguished fellow and head of the nuclear and space policy initiative at India’s Observer Res…
  • Coronavirus
    Coronavirus in South Asia, April 30, 2020: India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh Begin Easing Restrictions
    Although coronavirus cases in India, Pakistan, and across the region have not increased as quickly as some feared (so far), South Asia's economies are struggling deeply. Sri Lanka and the Maldives experienced a surge in cases.
  • Asia
    Vietnam: A Successful Battle Against the Virus
    The country has kept its number of cases relatively low by reacting immediately, decisively, and with a degree of severity.