Beijing backs Pakistan’s efforts to manage relations with neighbours: Chinese Vice-President

Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan on Tuesday said China supported Pakistan’s efforts to manage its relationships with its neighbours. In a meeting with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Wang said the relationship between China and Pakistan had... More

Stop ‘war crimes’ in Rakhine or we’ll join the fight there, TNLA...

The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) has called on the Myanmar military to end its operations against the Arakan Army in Rakhine State, accusing government forces of targeting Arakanese civilians in the region and warning that this... More

US ‘to end contacts’ with Afghan NSA over his recent remarks

A senior US diplomat has told President Ashraf Ghani that US officials will no longer deal with his national security adviser Hamdullah Mohib, Reuters news agency reports, quoting four knowledgeable US and Afghan sources. The report published on... More

China ‘helped defuse Pakistan-India tension’ after Kashmir attack

China played a “constructive role” in reducing tension between Pakistan and India, the Chinese foreign ministry said, after the nuclear-armed rivals almost came to blows last month following an attack on an Indian paramilitary convoy in disputed... More

Taliban capture about 150 Afghan soldiers after chase into Turkmenistan

The Taleban carried out the biggest known capture of Afghan soldiers of the war, taking 150 prisoners after they chased units into neighbouring Turkmenistan and that country forced them back, Afghan officials said on Sunday (March 17). The... More

China sends fighters for Pakistan Day parade, days after thwarting Masood Azhar...

Chinese fighters have reached Islamabad to take part in the Pakistan Day parade, days after Beijing put a technical hold on the fourth proposal seeking a global terrorist tag for Masood Azhar, the chief of the Pakistan-based... More

Dalai Lama contemplates Chinese gambit after his death

The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, said on Monday it was possible that once he dies his incarnation could be found in India, where he has lived in exile for 60 years, and warned... More

Amid anti-India protests, Maldives assures India of sensitive approach to its strategic...

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj made her maiden visit to Maldives and reiterated India’s position on the island nation, terming ties between the two countries as a highly More

India, Pakistan threatened to unleash missiles at each other: sources

The sparring between India and Pakistan last month threatened to spiral out of control and only interventions by U.S. officials, including National Security Advisor John Bolton, headed off a bigger conflict, five sources familiar with the events... More

Maldives to install India gifted radar systems this year

Installation of the 10 radar systems gifted by the Indian government to protect the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) will be completed within the end of this year, Maldives military said. In a press conference held at the Coastguard... More

‘Chowkidar Narendra Modi’: Indian PM alters Twitter name in pre-election campaign

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has added the prefix 'Chowkidar' (watchman) to his Twitter profile as part of a campaign ahead of national elections scheduled for next month, Indian media reported on Sunday. The origin of the term... More

India to post Customs intelligence officers in China to check financial frauds

India has decided to post Customs intelligence officers in China in its effort to check black money, trade-based money laundering and other financial frauds, officials said Sunday. Two posts of the Customs Overseas Intelligence Network (COIN) have been... More

US-Afghan tensions erupt over Kabul’s exclusion from peace talks

The United States and Afghanistan clashed publicly on Thursday over US peace talks with the Taliban, with a visiting Afghan official accusing the chief US negotiator of “delegitimizing” the Kabul government by excluding it from the deliberations. The... More

AA accuses EU of pro-gov’t bias in statements on Rakhine conflict

The Arakan Army (AA) says it will stop targeting police task force members in Rakhine State when the European Union guarantees that police have ended what it says is their assistance to repressive operations by the Myanmar... More

Indian government meddling with data: Experts

Recent moves by the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to tweak the yardsticks used to arrive at statistical data related to gross domestic product and withhold unpleasant data are drawing flak. A group of 108 economists... More

Daesh picked N Afghanistan as new centre of caliphate: Russian Security Services

The Daesh terror group has picked Northern Afghanistan as the new centre of its so-called caliphate, first deputy director of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), General Sergei Smirnov, told reporters on Friday following a meeting of the... More

Pakistan, India revive diplomatic contact after Kashmir escalation

Officials from Pakistan and India met on Thursday (March 14) in the first diplomatic contact between the two countries since a suicide bombing in the disputed region of Kashmir last month triggered an escalation in tensions between... More

China’s growing presence in Indian Ocean a challenge for India: Navy chief...

China's growing presence in the northern part of the Indian Ocean is a challenge for India but New Delhi is keeping a close eye on the deployment of Chinese ships and submarines in the region, Navy chief... More

India ‘disappointed’ as China foils bid to blacklist JeM chief

India said it was "disappointed" by China's move to once again stall its bid to blacklist Masood Azhar, the leader of a Pakistan-based armed group that claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing in Kashmir last month. The February... More

Exports through Afghanistan-China rail link to start soon

Officials from the Afghan government, private sector and embassy of China at a ceremony in Kabul on Thursday said problems around the “Sino-Afghan Special Railway Transportation” have been resolved and exports through the trade route will start... More

Afghan Army Base Is Wiped Out by US Airstrikes, Officials Say

For the second time in a few days, an Afghan Army base was destroyed on Wednesday — but this time by American airstrikes that followed a firefight between the Afghans and Americans, Afghan officials said. A local Afghan... More


Despite controversy, Afghanistan Peace Process makes major strides

Despite Kabul’s publicly made allegations on the US about ‘selling Afghanistan to the Taliban’ in the peace talks, there is little gainsaying that the Afghan-US war has never been so close to ending through settlement than it is now. While Kabul continues to express its anger over being excluded, there is little, given the legitimacy crisis Kabul is itself facing, that even the principal Afghan actors can do to... More

Regulators and conflict of interest

A governmental body created by a legislature to implement and enforce specific laws, a "Regulatory Agency" or a "Regulator" would usually have quasi-legislative functions, executive functions, and judicial functions. Many laws govern social and economic matters, such as income tax, environmental laws, occupational health and safety laws, real estate law, employment laws, etc. A regulatory agency serves two primary functions in govt: implement the laws and enforce the same. Regulations... More

Is Bangladesh an online state?

Bangladesh is an online state with an incredibly high number of virtual citizens. Few can match them in enthusiasm, participation and enjoyment of what the online world offers, good or bad. Much great stuff happens on the net but so does nasty stuff. It’s also a great producer of cultural and otherwise, not to mention, political ones. The recent spate of actions against online content considered “harmful” have spiked, which,... More

How China might undo Saudi plans for Iran?

The recent Saudi bid to increase its economic and political influence in South Asia (Pakistan and India) is, as I pointed out in my previous stories for SAM, largely informed not just by the imperative of a Saudi economic expansion across Asia and avoid economic doom, but also by the objective of snatching Iran’s share of oil market in this part of the world. This is partly one reason... More

Pakistan receives warning from Iran not to join Saudi proxy war

Pakistan has received a stern warning from Iran's Major-General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Qods Force and other senior in the aftermath of the February 13, 2019 attack on their forces by Iranian Baluch militants in the country's restive Sistan and Baluchistan province bordering Pakistan. The new tone from Tehran is a response to Pakistan's recent tilt back toward Saudi Arabia since Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran... 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