Rupakjyoti Borah

Rupakjyoti Borah

Dr Rupakjyoti Borah is a senior research fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies, Tokyo. His forthcoming book is The Strategic Relations between India, the United States and Japan in the Indo-Pacific: When Three is Not a Crowd. He has also authored two other books. He has been a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge, the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Japan, and the Australian National University. Twitter @rupakj

Latest from Rupakjyoti Borah

Opinion | China-Russia naval exercises show Japan’s troubles could come in twos

Beijing and Moscow seem intent on putting on a show of force as the United States and its allies ramp up cooperation in this part of the world. A rapid deterioration in Japan’s security environment may push Tokyo into boosting military spending and strength.

Beijing and Moscow seem intent on putting on a show of force as the United States and its allies ramp up cooperation in this part of the world. A rapid deterioration in Japan’s security environment may push Tokyo into boosting military spending and strength.

4 Nov 2021 - 2:30AM
Opinion | India’s coronavirus second wave a test of Quad commitment

The security grouping has deepened ties over the past year, and has pledged to advance vaccine production and delivery. While the US, Japan and Australia have stepped up to help India, non-Quad relationships remain important too.

The security grouping has deepened ties over the past year, and has pledged to advance vaccine production and delivery. While the US, Japan and Australia have stepped up to help India, non-Quad relationships remain important too.

29 May 2021 - 7:52AM
Eye on Asia | Why India-Bangladesh economic relations are at their warmest yet – and what could trip things up

Bangladesh relies on India’s backing in tackling terrorism and economic issues, while Bangladesh is key to Modi’s vision of economic connectivity. But long-standing water disputes and Bangladesh’s warming relations with China may become areas of concern.

Bangladesh relies on India’s backing in tackling terrorism and economic issues, while Bangladesh is key to Modi’s vision of economic connectivity. But long-standing water disputes and Bangladesh’s warming relations with China may become areas of concern.

12 Apr 2021 - 9:45AM
Eye on Asia | Japan seeking signs of optimism amid dire news for the economy and Olympics preparation

The new year presents Japan with an unique opportunity to recast its economy and move into new and emerging areas instead of depending on traditional sectors. While this year promises to be challenging for its economy, whether Japan can turn the tide will depend on whether it has learned the right lessons from 2020.

The new year presents Japan with an unique opportunity to recast its economy and move into new and emerging areas instead of depending on traditional sectors. While this year promises to be challenging for its economy, whether Japan can turn the tide will depend on whether it has learned the right lessons from 2020.

3 Jan 2021 - 10:36PM
Eye on Asia | How RCEP and domestic demand are boosting Japan’s hopes for economic recovery

Japan’s economy grew 5 per cent in the third quarter, with private consumption and exports both up. Challenges still loom, though, with uncertainty over US-China relations, the fate of the Tokyo Olympics and a spike in Covid-19 cases.

Japan’s economy grew 5 per cent in the third quarter, with private consumption and exports both up. Challenges still loom, though, with uncertainty over US-China relations, the fate of the Tokyo Olympics and a spike in Covid-19 cases.

22 Nov 2020 - 10:01PM
Opinion | Covid-19 is giving India a rare chance to remake its economy

Young micro-entrepreneurs are exploring new avenues as demand for e-commerce and online education grows. PPE production is also ramping up as supply lines shift from China. India must seize the initiative instead of trying to resuscitate the old agriculture-reliant model.

Young micro-entrepreneurs are exploring new avenues as demand for e-commerce and online education grows. PPE production is also ramping up as supply lines shift from China. India must seize the initiative instead of trying to resuscitate the old agriculture-reliant model.

18 Sep 2020 - 10:53AM
Eye on Asia | With Shinzo Abe’s resignation, India loses its best friend and ally in Japan

Under Abe, the biggest champion of relations between the two nations, Japan has become a vital investor in India and a major strategic ally. It will be no easy task for New Delhi to nurture a similar friendship with Abe’s successor.

Under Abe, the biggest champion of relations between the two nations, Japan has become a vital investor in India and a major strategic ally. It will be no easy task for New Delhi to nurture a similar friendship with Abe’s successor.

30 Aug 2020 - 7:48PM
Opinion | India’s China fears give new impetus to US defence ties, arms sales

Closer ties are a win-win as the US needs more jobs in an election year while India needs a new weapons source amid Russian neutrality in Sino-Indian clashes. Heightened defence cooperation is a bright spot in a US-India relationship that has hit rocky ground elsewhere amid differences over trade and tariffs.

Closer ties are a win-win as the US needs more jobs in an election year while India needs a new weapons source amid Russian neutrality in Sino-Indian clashes. Heightened defence cooperation is a bright spot in a US-India relationship that has hit rocky ground elsewhere amid differences over trade and tariffs.

17 Aug 2020 - 1:02AM
Opinion | How the coronavirus may change Japan for good

The government’s new growth strategy to promote digitisation and diversity at work is aimed at shifting the economy onto surer footing, following the Covid-19 blows to its tourism and hospitality sectors.

The government’s new growth strategy to promote digitisation and diversity at work is aimed at shifting the economy onto surer footing, following the Covid-19 blows to its tourism and hospitality sectors.

9 Jul 2020 - 10:49AM
Eye on Asia | Indian worker exodus from the Gulf is a chance to wean the economy off remittances

The plunge in remittances will hurt but this is a chance for India to reverse its brain drain, retrain for new jobs in e-commerce and boost its infrastructure sector to create jobs, answering Modi’s call for a self-reliant India.

The plunge in remittances will hurt but this is a chance for India to reverse its brain drain, retrain for new jobs in e-commerce and boost its infrastructure sector to create jobs, answering Modi’s call for a self-reliant India.

1 Jun 2020 - 10:47AM
Eye on Asia | Will the coronavirus pandemic derail Japan’s economy as it extends emergency measures?

Not only will the restrictions on person-to-person contact shrink domestic consumer spending, but Covid-19’s impact on Japan’s trading partners will also hit exports hard.

Not only will the restrictions on person-to-person contact shrink domestic consumer spending, but Covid-19’s impact on Japan’s trading partners will also hit exports hard.

10 May 2020 - 10:05PM
Opinion | How the coronavirus pandemic could cool China-Japan ties as the US takes a hardline stance

Japan’s announcement of funding for companies that shift production lines back to the country marks a step away from its earlier strategy of trying to improve relations with China.

Japan’s announcement of funding for companies that shift production lines back to the country marks a step away from its earlier strategy of trying to improve relations with China.

26 Apr 2020 - 8:42PM
Eye on Asia | If India wants to challenge China as a global manufacturing hub, it will have to move quickly

India has many hurdles to overcome, from reskilling workers and ensuring power supply stability, to adding deep seaports and tax breaks. Critically, given stiff competition, speed is key if India is to capitalise on the supply chains moving out of China

India has many hurdles to overcome, from reskilling workers and ensuring power supply stability, to adding deep seaports and tax breaks. Critically, given stiff competition, speed is key if India is to capitalise on the supply chains moving out of China

23 Mar 2020 - 10:00AM
Opinion | With Japan caught out by Covid-19, the Tokyo Olympics will be a challenge

As infections and deaths mount among Diamond Princess cruise passengers, Japan’s ad hoc response to the outbreak, in part possibly to avoid upsetting China, is looking wholly inadequate. Will it learn its lessons in time for the Summer Olympics?

As infections and deaths mount among Diamond Princess cruise passengers, Japan’s ad hoc response to the outbreak, in part possibly to avoid upsetting China, is looking wholly inadequate. Will it learn its lessons in time for the Summer Olympics?

27 Feb 2020 - 11:03AM
Eye on Asia | Japan’s successful wooing of Chinese tourists may be too much of a good thing

Mainland Chinese make up by far the biggest group of tourists in Japan, boosting the economy but also bringing overcrowding and cultural discomfort. Such economic reliance also runs the risk of being weaponised during a political stand-off.

Mainland Chinese make up by far the biggest group of tourists in Japan, boosting the economy but also bringing overcrowding and cultural discomfort. Such economic reliance also runs the risk of being weaponised during a political stand-off.

10 Feb 2020 - 11:41AM
Quick Take | Is China the target of Japan’s record-busting defence budget?

Tokyo faces myriad threats, from China, North Korea and Russia to cyberattacks on the Summer Olympics – and Shinzo Abe’s golf buddy Trump may not always be around to bail Japan out

Tokyo faces myriad threats, from China, North Korea and Russia to cyberattacks on the Summer Olympics – and Shinzo Abe’s golf buddy Trump may not always be around to bail Japan out

5 Sep 2019 - 10:27AM
Asian Angle | Not the US, not China. India holds the cards in the Indo-Pacific

India has ties with all the major regional players and the heft to alter the balance of power, if it so wished. A tradition of ‘strategic autonomy’ is likely to stay its hand, however – unless Beijing provokes it.

India has ties with all the major regional players and the heft to alter the balance of power, if it so wished. A tradition of ‘strategic autonomy’ is likely to stay its hand, however – unless Beijing provokes it.

12 Nov 2020 - 6:50PM
Analysis | Did Japan and India just launch a counter to China’s Belt and Road?

An agreement between India and Japan to help Sri Lanka develop Colombo Port fuels speculation they are planning a deeper challenge to Chinese influence in the region.

An agreement between India and Japan to help Sri Lanka develop Colombo Port fuels speculation they are planning a deeper challenge to Chinese influence in the region.

6 Jun 2019 - 11:08PM
Opinion | Will US reward China for ‘sacrificing’ Pakistan terrorist Masood Azhar?

Beijing’s support for UN sanctions on the Jaish-e-Mohammed leader has cleared the way for better relations with both Washington and New Delhi

Beijing’s support for UN sanctions on the Jaish-e-Mohammed leader has cleared the way for better relations with both Washington and New Delhi

9 May 2019 - 12:35PM
Asian Angle | Are there warmer currents between New Delhi and Beijing after India took part in the Chinese navy’s anniversary celebrations?

Dealing with China be one of the major foreign policy challenges that confront India’s next government, making it worthwhile for the two to focus on their areas of cooperation, writes Rupakjyoti Borah.

Dealing with China be one of the major foreign policy challenges that confront India’s next government, making it worthwhile for the two to focus on their areas of cooperation, writes Rupakjyoti Borah.

1 May 2019 - 11:09AM
Opinion | Why India should rethink its reticence towards ‘the Quad’

For years, the four-country security grouping has failed to live up to its potential, largely because of a lack of support. Rupakjyoti Borah asks if now is the right time for New Delhi to bring the alliance back in from the cold.

For years, the four-country security grouping has failed to live up to its potential, largely because of a lack of support. Rupakjyoti Borah asks if now is the right time for New Delhi to bring the alliance back in from the cold.

2 Apr 2019 - 12:12PM
Opinion | Trump-Kim failed, but can Japan’s Abe reach North Korea through China?

With Washington and Pyongyang in a stalemate, Tokyo has an opportunity regarding Japanese abductees in North Korea. But if Abe is next to ‘face Chairman Kim’, he’ll need a hotline to Pyongyang. Who’s he going to call?

With Washington and Pyongyang in a stalemate, Tokyo has an opportunity regarding Japanese abductees in North Korea. But if Abe is next to ‘face Chairman Kim’, he’ll need a hotline to Pyongyang. Who’s he going to call?

4 Mar 2019 - 7:37PM
Opinion | Pulwama attacks: how India can respond to Pakistan-based terrorists in wake of Kashmir suicide bombing

What are the options New Delhi is weighing up as it considers its response to a deadly attack in Kashmir that killed more than 40 paramilitary police?

What are the options New Delhi is weighing up as it considers its response to a deadly attack in Kashmir that killed more than 40 paramilitary police?

20 Feb 2019 - 3:01PM
Opinion | Sidelined on North Korea, Japan needs all of Shinzo Abe’s diplomatic skill to get back into the game

Without a breakthrough in its talks with Pyongyang on the abductee issue, Tokyo must still strive to gain some influence over the denuclearisation process on the peninsula, to ensure its concerns are addressed.

Without a breakthrough in its talks with Pyongyang on the abductee issue, Tokyo must still strive to gain some influence over the denuclearisation process on the peninsula, to ensure its concerns are addressed.

19 Jun 2018 - 6:49PM