Pranay Sharma

Pranay Sharma

Pranay Sharma is a New Delhi-based independent journalist. He has written reports and commentaries on current and foreign affairs for several decades, and has worked for leading Indian media organisations like Outlook and The Telegraph as Foreign Editor and Chief of Bureau.

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India-Russia defence ties deepen even as Moscow hails ‘highest’ level of Beijing relations

Foreign ministers discussed closer military cooperation and the peace process in Afghanistan, where Russia is trying to bring together regional stakeholders.

Foreign ministers discussed closer military cooperation and the peace process in Afghanistan, where Russia is trying to bring together regional stakeholders.

India-Russia defence ties deepen even as Moscow hails ‘highest’ level of Beijing relations
7 Apr 2021 - 1:24AM
Russia could upset India’s US-China balancing act

New Delhi’s increased defence engagement with Washington risks upsetting Moscow, as its already fraught ties with Beijing continue to slide.

New Delhi’s increased defence engagement with Washington risks upsetting Moscow, as its already fraught ties with Beijing continue to slide.

Russia could upset India’s US-China balancing act
28 Mar 2021 - 5:00PM
India-China border row, Covid-19 vaccine diplomacy fuelling New Delhi’s new embrace of the Quad, say analysts

In the first summit since the grouping was conceived in 2007, China’s rising assertiveness, Covid-19 and the Myanmar coup are expected to be on the agenda.

In the first summit since the grouping was conceived in 2007, China’s rising assertiveness, Covid-19 and the Myanmar coup are expected to be on the agenda.

India-China border row, Covid-19 vaccine diplomacy fuelling New Delhi’s new embrace of the Quad, say analysts
12 Mar 2021 - 10:45PM
‘Uncomfortable signal to China’: Japan’s Suga raises Hong Kong, South China Sea, Xinjiang in phone call with India’s Modi

The two leaders have pledged to realise a free and open Indo-Pacific as Japan expresses concern over China’s ‘attempts to change status quo’ in disputed seas.

The two leaders have pledged to realise a free and open Indo-Pacific as Japan expresses concern over China’s ‘attempts to change status quo’ in disputed seas.

‘Uncomfortable signal to China’: Japan’s Suga raises Hong Kong, South China Sea, Xinjiang in phone call with India’s Modi
10 Mar 2021 - 12:09AM
India ramps up Myanmar border patrols as it weighs junta demand to return police

About 48 Myanmar citizens, including eight police officers, have taken refuge in Mizoram state, with India ‘unlikely to act in haste’ in returning them.

About 48 Myanmar citizens, including eight police officers, have taken refuge in Mizoram state, with India ‘unlikely to act in haste’ in returning them.

India ramps up Myanmar border patrols as it weighs junta demand to return police
8 Mar 2021 - 8:23PM
Pakistan’s belt and road offer to Sri Lanka stokes India’s China concerns

Pakistani leader Imran Khan’s trip to Colombo – and his offer of a role in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor – has caused some alarm in New Delhi.

Pakistani leader Imran Khan’s trip to Colombo – and his offer of a role in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor – has caused some alarm in New Delhi.

Pakistan’s belt and road offer to Sri Lanka stokes India’s China concerns
3 Mar 2021 - 12:38PM
Amid warming India-US ties, defining ‘democratic norms’ becomes a sticking point

Under Trump, there was little official criticism of eroding religious freedoms in India under the Modi government. Will the Biden administration put rights or the ‘China threat’ at the forefront of bilateral relations?

Under Trump, there was little official criticism of eroding religious freedoms in India under the Modi government. Will the Biden administration put rights or the ‘China threat’ at the forefront of bilateral relations?

Amid warming India-US ties, defining ‘democratic norms’ becomes a sticking point
15 Feb 2021 - 10:52PM
Myanmar coup: do India and Japan have the will or the leverage to exert pressure on the military regime?

Analysts say Tokyo and New Delhi have maintained relations with both the military and the civilian government, and will seek to work with whoever is in power.

Analysts say Tokyo and New Delhi have maintained relations with both the military and the civilian government, and will seek to work with whoever is in power.

Myanmar coup: do India and Japan have the will or the leverage to exert pressure on the military regime?
4 Feb 2021 - 7:54PM
As Pakistan, Bangladesh ties thaw, India keeps close watch on them – and China

Warming Islamabad-Dhaka ties will have implications for geopolitical dynamics in South Asia, while a former Indian diplomat believes China is ‘egging on’ Pakistan.

Warming Islamabad-Dhaka ties will have implications for geopolitical dynamics in South Asia, while a former Indian diplomat believes China is ‘egging on’ Pakistan.

As Pakistan, Bangladesh ties thaw, India keeps close watch on them – and China
14 Jan 2021 - 9:50PM
India, Vietnam strengthen defence ties amid shared concerns over China’s assertiveness

Prime ministers Narendra Modi and Nguyen Xuan Phuc have held a virtual summit to enhance security cooperation and discuss the South China Sea.

Prime ministers Narendra Modi and Nguyen Xuan Phuc have held a virtual summit to enhance security cooperation and discuss the South China Sea.

India, Vietnam strengthen defence ties amid shared concerns over China’s assertiveness
24 Dec 2020 - 7:48AM
Is the US behind India’s ‘anti-China games’? Russia thinks so

Moscow fears closer ties between New Delhi and Washington could affect purchases of Russian weaponry, experts say.

Moscow fears closer ties between New Delhi and Washington could affect purchases of Russian weaponry, experts say.

Is the US behind India’s ‘anti-China games’? Russia thinks so
14 Dec 2020 - 9:51PM
Can India be part of Asia’s growth story without the RCEP – or China’s trust?

India’s rejection of the trade pact was largely driven by concerns about Beijing, with which it is locked in a bitter border stand-off.

India’s rejection of the trade pact was largely driven by concerns about Beijing, with which it is locked in a bitter border stand-off.

Can India be part of Asia’s growth story without the RCEP – or China’s trust?
24 Nov 2020 - 11:06PM
US-India security ties deepen but some in New Delhi worry about taking a back seat

Support from US may offer a counterweight to China’s growing influence but but does the closer relationship serve India’s core strategic interests?

Support from US may offer a counterweight to China’s growing influence but but does the closer relationship serve India’s core strategic interests?

US-India security ties deepen but some in New Delhi worry about taking a back seat
12 Nov 2020 - 6:35PM
Pompeo accuses China of being a ‘predator’ that offers ‘bad deals’ to Sri Lanka and Maldives

Burst of diplomatic outreach to Sri Lanka, including US secretary of state’s visit, coincides with attempts by US, India and Japan to counter China.

Burst of diplomatic outreach to Sri Lanka, including US secretary of state’s visit, coincides with attempts by US, India and Japan to counter China.

Pompeo accuses China of being a ‘predator’ that offers ‘bad deals’ to Sri Lanka and Maldives
12 Nov 2020 - 6:51PM
Analysis | As US hones its Indo-Pacific strategy, South Asian nations come into focus

High-level visit to Bangladesh seen as larger trend in US policy to engage smaller countries in region, which see room for manoeuvring between Washington and Beijing.

High-level visit to Bangladesh seen as larger trend in US policy to engage smaller countries in region, which see room for manoeuvring between Washington and Beijing.

As US hones its Indo-Pacific strategy, South Asian nations come into focus
12 Nov 2020 - 6:51PM
Analysis | India responds to Myanmar’s call for closer ties to balance out Chinese influence

A joint visit by India’s foreign secretary and army chief to Naypyidaw shows New Delhi is ready to strengthen ties amid China’s growing presence in the region.

A joint visit by India’s foreign secretary and army chief to Naypyidaw shows New Delhi is ready to strengthen ties amid China’s growing presence in the region.

India responds to Myanmar’s call for closer ties to balance out Chinese influence
11 Oct 2020 - 12:51PM
Sri Lanka seeks to balance India ties even as China presence grows

India’s Modi is set to meet his Sri Lankan counterpart in a virtual summit to reset ties, which have dipped amid China’s growing presence in the island.

India’s Modi is set to meet his Sri Lankan counterpart in a virtual summit to reset ties, which have dipped amid China’s growing presence in the island.

Sri Lanka seeks to balance India ties even as China presence grows
26 Sep 2020 - 3:11PM
Why Russia’s getting involved in the China-India border dispute

Vladimir Putin has a vision of a Russia-led ‘Greater Eurasia’ community of nations – and for this to work, it needs to play ball with both Beijing and Delhi.

Vladimir Putin has a vision of a Russia-led ‘Greater Eurasia’ community of nations – and for this to work, it needs to play ball with both Beijing and Delhi.

Why Russia’s getting involved in the China-India border dispute
19 Sep 2020 - 1:21PM
China-India border dispute: both sides see need for troops to quickly disengage

Foreign ministers meet in Moscow for first time since Himalayan border tensions turned deadly.

Foreign ministers meet in Moscow for first time since Himalayan border tensions turned deadly.

China-India border dispute: both sides see need for troops to quickly disengage
11 Sep 2020 - 11:57PM
With Modi-Abe bromance gone, will India’s ties with Japan remain solid?

Abe is viewed in India as a leader who has transformed bilateral ties, having initiated the annual summit and shifted Japan’s strategic priority to the Indo-Pacific.

Abe is viewed in India as a leader who has transformed bilateral ties, having initiated the annual summit and shifted Japan’s strategic priority to the Indo-Pacific.

With Modi-Abe bromance gone, will India’s ties with Japan remain solid?
18 Sep 2020 - 8:10PM
As China-India border dispute continues, New Delhi scrambles to shore up South Asia influence

PM Narendra Modi has reached out to Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the Maldives since the start of August. A US-India summit begins Monday, featuring Vice-President Mike Pence and External Affairs Minister S.Jaishankar.

PM Narendra Modi has reached out to Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the Maldives since the start of August. A US-India summit begins Monday, featuring Vice-President Mike Pence and External Affairs Minister S.Jaishankar.

As China-India border dispute continues, New Delhi scrambles to shore up South Asia influence
12 Nov 2020 - 6:51PM
Analysis | India takes lead in Maldives with US$500 million aid package but China is not out of the game

New Delhi has returned to prominence in the strategic Indian Ocean nation of Maldives after several years of being banished to the margins by a pro-Beijing government. But this state of affairs is not set in stone.

New Delhi has returned to prominence in the strategic Indian Ocean nation of Maldives after several years of being banished to the margins by a pro-Beijing government. But this state of affairs is not set in stone.

India takes lead in Maldives with US$500 million aid package but China is not out of the game
19 Aug 2020 - 4:24PM