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How China’s billions are modernising Pakistan’s railways, and quickly


Just a pledge from China to help upgrade Pakistan's train network has prompted authorities in the South Asian nation to overhaul its colonial-era rail infrastructure. For software businessman Farrukh Malik, the change was palpable. As... More

China denies having military alliance with Pakistan


There is no military alliance between China and Pakistan, but China’s arms exports to Pakistan are a powerful weapon to safeguard the South Asian country’s military sovereignty, says a report published in the Chinese... More

India pitches for early decision on BRICS rating agency


India has called upon members of the BRICS block to take an early call on the BRICS credit rating agency mooted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015.During the first meeting of the BRICS... More

Russia and Pakistan: A Durable Anti-American Alliance in South Asia


On April 6, 2018, Pakistan’s Minister of Defense, Khurram Dastgir Khan, told Russian state media outlet Sputnik that the Pakistani military planned to purchase Su-35 fighter jets and T-90 tanks from Russia. Khan’s announcement... More

CPEC and the power game between India, Pakistan, the US & Afghanistan


For the purpose of avoiding a possible sea blockade during a US-China conflict, as well as to develop China’s western regions, China is keen to develop an overland route to the Arabian Sea through... More

China to deepen pragmatic cooperation with Pakistan: DM China


Chinese Defense Minister, Wei Fenghe has said that China is willing to work together with Pakistan to focus on building a community of human destiny, consolidate all-weather friendship and deepen pragmatic cooperation in various... More

New Delhi wary of Beijing’s India-Nepal-China corridor plan


China is expected to propose to India the construction of a trans-Himalayan trilateral economic corridor, an ambitious plan that seeks to connect the two countries and Nepal. However, the idea is likely to have a... More

US military focus shifts from Iraq, Syria to Afghanistan, bombing report shows


The United States dropped more weapons on Afghanistan in March 2018 than it did in Syria and Iraq that month, a first since the commencement of the 2014 US anti-Daesh campaign in Iraq and... More

Why would Modi say Rohingyas ‘returned’ to Bangladesh?


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently visiting the United Kingdom, has triggered a fresh round of diplomatic debates by commenting that the Rohingyas “returned to Bangladesh” from Myanmar. It is evident that Modi’s... More

Afghanistan’s 30-year pipe dream could bring power, industry


Afghanistan is pressing ahead with plans to turn natural gas from an $8-billion pipeline into economic development, with projects ranging from fertilizer plants to power generation, but first it needs to start construction. The TAPI... More

Modi’s new India dream may fall victim to US-China tariff war: Study


Days after India announced it will not take sides in the ongoing tariff war between the US and China, a detailed study claimed that in any case, India could fall victim to adverse trade... More

Rohingya arrests in India raise fears among diaspora


Sitting in his dilapidated house in Assam State’s Dhubri District, Asif wonders what fate has in store for him and the hundreds of other Rohingya who live on the fringes of survival across India.... More

Smart fences: Modi govt’s new project to protect India’s borders with Bangladesh,...


The Narendra Modi government has operationalised the country’s first ever comprehensive integrated border management system along the riverine stretch bordering Bangladesh in Assam. The smart fence is a project that is being implemented by... More

Activist reveals RAW links to Balochistan insurgency


A prominent ‘Baloch activist’ has claimed that he heckled former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his 2015 US tour, at the behest of Indian intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). His confessions... More

Nepal, China to establish mechanism on Chinese-aid projects


Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, who is currently on an official visit to China, called on Vice-President of China, Wang Qishan at Zhongnanhai Wednesday morning. A press release issued by Nepali Embassy in... More

Sushma’s visit will enhance political trust with India, says China


China said its relations with India have seen "great strides" and that the upcoming visit of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will further enhance political trust between the two countries. Swaraj will arrive in Beijing... More

US to restrict movement of Pakistani diplomats from May 1


The United States will place “reciprocal restrictions” on the movement of Pakistani diplomats in the country from May 1, forcing them to stay within 40km of the city they are posted in, a senior... More

China factor in Afghan peace


The Chinese Vice Foreign Minister, Li Baodong, speaking at Tashkent Peace Conference on Afghanistan, extended China’s support to the inclusive political reconciliation process in Afghanistan. He said China saw Afghanistan as an important partner... More

Maldives-India Bye Bhai?


Film! Fashion! Food! The Maldives has enjoyed a long love affair with all things Indian, from the silver screen to the catwalk and dinner table. The Indian town closest to Malé – Thiruvananthapuram – has... More

Rohingya lawyer wants Myanmar situation to be heard at ICC


The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has failed to prevent the Rohingya refugee crisis, and the 15-member body must refer sexual violence and other crimes against the ethnic group to the International Criminal Court,... More

Is India towards a regional reset?


Change often comes unannounced, and the government’s foreign policy moves over the past few months represent an unannounced but profound shift in its thinking about the neighbourhood. This could change the course of Prime... More

COLUMN

On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... More

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election. But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’. China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China. "Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More

Mutual respect is the key

I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... More

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... More

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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... More