DIPLOMACY

DIPLOMACY

‘Pakistan has always had very interesting relationships with other countries’: Riaz Khokhar


Few Pakistani diplomats have worked on as many important assignments as Riaz Khokhar has. He has been Pakistan’s envoy to Dhaka, New Delhi, Washington DC and Beijing before becoming foreign secretary in 2002. He has served a long... More

Pakistan balances foreign policy in response to tougher US approach


A lot is going on in Pakistani-US relations: There was US President Donald Trump's New Year's tweet and various American attempts to put Pakistan on the global terrorist-financing watch list. More recently the Trump administration imposed sanctions... More

After Doklam standoff, India to focus on Bhutan ties


India’s diplomatic engagement will place significant focus this year on Bhutan, including a planned visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the tiny Himalayan nation wedged between India and China. A series of events planned to mark the... More

China, India should build ties, resolve differences through mutual trust: Beijing


No mountain is high enough to stop China and India having a strong relationship, as long as both sides strive to build trust instead of fighting one another, China’s foreign minister said on Thursday. “Despite certain tests and... More

India’s Christians, Sikhs face discrimination, says Scottish lawmaker


The British government was asked to raise concerns on the treatment of Christian and Sikh minorities in India when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in April. During a debate... More

Pakistan ready for one-on-one mediation with Taliban


Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawaja Asif on Thursday (March 1) extended support to Kabul's proposed political process seeking to recognise the Taliban as a legitimate political group, and said Pakistan is ready for one-on-one talks with the Afghan... More

Bangladesh involved in sabotaging SAARC summit scheduled to be held in Pakistan:...


Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawaja Asif has said that Bangladesh was involved in sabotaging a South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Conference (SAARC) head of states conference in Pakistan, Express News reports. The foreign minister was responding to the... More

Despite strains, silent progress in India, Pak talks


Pakistan has maintained high-level diplomatic contacts with the Indian establishment, even as New Delhi has maintained the rhetoric that terror and talks cannot go together. A proposal for early release of prisoners aged more than 70 years... More

China says lessons should be learnt from Doklam ahead of border talks...


India and China will hold another round of boundary talks in New Delhi on Friday (Dec 22), in the first parleys under the special representative mechanism since the 73-day Doklam standoff. Crisis management at the border, operationalising a... More

DGMO-level hotline between India and China in final stage


India and China are in the final stage of setting up a military hotline at the Director General of Military Operations level. Determining the protocol, possibility of having translators for Mandarin and English and other technical details... More

Pakistan, China pledge more efforts to build economic corridor


Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang promised more efforts to build the cross-border economic corridor during their meeting in Sochi on November 30, Xinhua reported. Both leaders are here to attend the 16th... More

Regional economic development gets a boost as India, Pakistan attend SCO summit


The summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), scheduled to be held from 30 November to 1 December in Sochi, Russia will be the first to have India and Pakistan as full members since their inclusion in... More

US lawmakers raise concerns over China’s role in Hambantota


US lawmakers have raised concerns over China’s role in the Hambantota port. The port was discussed when the lawmakers expressed concerns over the ambitious ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative of China and sought recommendations for improving... More

India should have no illusions about Trump’s Afghan strategy


Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in Manila, Philippines, during the ASEAN-India and East Asia Summits India’s wish to advance the “future interests of Asia”. But New Delhi should remember that the “Indo-Pacific” is not just about the... More

India, UK in diplomatic showdown over ICJ seat


India and UK are headed for what might turn out to be the worst diplomatic showdown between the two nations in recent times. In a brazen attempt to stall the surge in support for India's candidate for... More

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to visit India early next year


India is preparing to host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in mid-January in what would signal qualitative upgrade of partnership, coming less than a year after Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel. This would be the second trip by... More

Rohingya crisis can harm Chinese OBOR, other regional plans: Experts


Protracted Rohingya crisis might jeopardise regional connectivity initiatives, including One Belt One Road initiative of China, with multiple risks of emergence of terrorism and social and economic instability, experts said at a discussion in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on... More

Buddhism being used as foreign policy plank by India, China, Sri Lanka...


Buddhism was born in India in 5 th.Century BC and spread to South and East Asia in subsequent centuries to be the dominant Asian faith till the advent of Islam in 7th. Century AD which made significant... More

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India’s multi alignment challenge 

This is clearly the big diplomatic season for India and its travel-driven Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe's visit to India (Aug 21-24) is a hugely important event, coming as it does after PM Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping defused the long military stand-off at Doklam through informal summits and after... More

To forge their peace, Afghan Taliban wage their war

While the latest Taliban attack on the city of Ghazni in Afghanistan has led many in the West, especially the mainstream media, to conclude that no peace talks with the Taliban can bring peace, these analysis seem to have completely missed the whole points of talks as they are going on: the Taliban are... More

Has digital media changed politics in Bangladesh?

Political nostalgia in Bangladesh centres around public and street agitations. It begins with the language movement of 1952 which defined the basic parameters of national aspiration. The next station of political memory is the 1962 student’s movement against Gen. Ayub Khan’s martial law regime imposed in 1958. It ended in 1969 with the most glorified... More

Accountability begins at home

A democratic form of government being accountable to the people, the elected representatives are accountable to the people who elect them. Our enduring constant crisis in governance stems from our inept and corrupt rulers trampling the essential pillars of good governance, rule of law and accountability. This gives rise to unbridled and widespread corruption,... More

Bangladesh: A social media driven state?

It’s not easy to have a calm conversation in Bangladesh. Everyone is rushing to make a comment, observe and abuse. Or make a counter to all that. Anything that requires critical thought is discarded and the instant reaction is the most common form of response. In a society not unduly famous for pondering, Bangladesh... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Bleak times for freedom of expression, whether emergency or not

Its time to stop the nitpicking. All that hair-splitting about whether what we are witnessing in India today is classical fascism or not – stop it. The argument that this is not like the Emergency of 1975 – completely irrelevant. Those bookish notions belong to seminar rooms and academic discussions, where high-minded... More

India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj has developed a... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many baffled. Some pointers A first... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As some would have... More

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READER'S VIEW

Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is formed, this will... More

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