Pak army chief wants good relations with India, but it takes two...

In a major gesture, Pakistan army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa reportedly said the military was ready to back the political leadership’s initiative for normalisation of relations with India. Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday urged... More

Indian IT companies establishing firm presence in China amid receding US demand

In a first, India's IT industry has joined hands with Chinese authorities to establish the business equivalent of a marriage portal. The matchmaking platform will help Indian companies to obtain contracts at a time when they are... More

Will Gujarat pave the way for Narendra Modi vs Rahul Gandhi in...

With the Gujarat results out, the focus will now shift to what comes next for the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress in terms of their strategy for the 2019 general elections. Though the BJP has managed to... 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

Rahul Gandhi is Congress President, now what?

Now that Rahul Gandhi has formally taken over the reins from his mother, Sonia Gandhi, as the Congress party president, what is in store? That is a question many have been asking at a time when the... More

Nepal’s upcoming PM will have to balance between India, China, say analysts

In the first parliamentary elections that marked Nepal's complete transition to a parliamentary federal democracy, the public has voted largely in favor of the left-wing alliance between the Communist Party of Nepal — Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML)... More

Trump signs a bill allocating $700 million under the coalition support fund

American President Donald Trump has signed a mammoth $700 billion defense bill to modernize and bolster US military might including the allocation of up to $700 million to reimburse Pakistan under the coalition support fund. The US Congress has... More

Watch Nepal, Pakistan is passe: Dawn columnist

India’s opposition party Congress politician and peace activist Mani Shankar Aiyer is being branded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling cabal as an anti-India conspirator working with Pakistan to depose the Bhartiya Janata Party government in Gujarat,... 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

Political crisis rooted in clash of nationalisms: Prof. Maniruzzaman

Renowned political scientist and national professor Talukder Maniruzzaman can no longer write and can hardly speak clearly. Born Sirajganj in 1938, Talukder Maniruzzaman graduated from Dhaka University in 1961 and was subsequently awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship. He... More

India refuses to condemn Trump’s Jerusalem decision

The cat is out of the bag – the Modi government will not condemn the US President Donald Trump’s announcement recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The European Union, Russia, China and the entire Muslim world... More

Japan closes in on infrastructure deal with Bangladesh

Japan has snagged preferential negotiating rights from the Bangladeshi government to build highways and other structures there under an exclusive arrangement. Tokyo seeks to capitalize on this and other opportunities to catch and surpass China, which has a... More

The benefits of joining Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Pakistan has been encountering devastating terrorism. The transnational terrorist organizations with the connivance of the neighbouring states intelligence agencies have been conducting sporadic terrorist activities inside the country. The terrorists are targeting the soft targets and innocent... More

The Brahmaputra conundrum

Indian strategists should prepare for a possible river diversion by China The news that China is planning to divert the waters of the Yarlung Tsangpo (the upper stream of India’s Brahmaputra) to its water-starved Xinjiang province is hardly... More

Pakistan’s software exports rise to $2.9 billion in revenue

Owing to the incentives given by the Government to IT and Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) industry and various international tech startup launch pads opening up in Pakistan, Pakistan’s IT exports have grown to an estimated $2.9... More

China tells India to calm down after Maldives trade deal

India will “do nothing but upset itself” if it tries to prevent closer trade ties between China and the Maldives, Beijing state media has said, days after the tiny island nation approved a deal with the world’s... 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

China Development Bank files insolvency suit against India’s Reliance

China Development Bank, which lent close to $1.78 billion to Reliance Communications (RCom), has filed an insolvency suit at the National Company Law Tribunal’s (NCLT’s) Mumbai bench after it defaulted on loans, said a report by The... More

Gwadar & Chabahar: Military, economic significance of 2 rival ports

Both Pakistan’s Gwadar port and Iran’s Chabahar port have unique geostrategic and geopolitical importance. These ports are located at the mouth of Strait of Hormuz in the Arabian Sea which lies at the cross junction of international... More

Chinese worried about Nepal’s frequent regime change and policy inconsistency

Bhaskar Koirala, the Director of Nepal Institute of International and Strategic Studies (NIIS), has extensively researched Nepal-China relations. He was also among the first proponents of the idea of trilateral cooperation between Nepal, India and China. How... More


No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... More



The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More