India, Wary Of Upsetting China, Denies Permission For Asian Security Conference

The Indian government has denied permission to hold this year’s Asian Security Conference, a premier security conclave held annually in New Delhi, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

The government is wary of a public debate on the security threat posed by China – the conference’s theme this year — at a time tensions with the northern neighbour continue over Doklam, and when efforts are on by both countries to mend fences, the sources said. They spoke on the condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak on the matter.

The Asian Security Conference (ASC), now into its second decade, is the flagship event of India’s oldest think tank, the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA). While the government has not given an official reason for withholding the permission, sources in the IDSA said the government could be uncomfortable because the conference — originally scheduled for March 6-8 —  would have closely followed the visit to Beijing late in February by India’s foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale. Read More…

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