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World’s longest straight-line sea route connects Pakistan to Russia


Pakistan has the world’s longest possible straight-line water route in the world that connects it to Russia. The straight-line of 32,000 kilometers will begin from the Southern coast of Pakistan and will end in the eastern coast... More

Pakistan, Turkey to revive FTA talks


Pakistan and Turkey on Friday decided to restart negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) after talks between the visiting Turkish foreign minister and Pakistani authorities. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu held formal talks with his Pakistani counterpart Shah... More

New UN report links India’s ruling party with violence


A new United Nations report has linked India's pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with violence and inflammatory speeches against religious minorities. U.N. special rapporteur Tendayi Achiume, an independent human rights expert appointed by the U.N. Human Rights Council,... More

Mahinda Rajapaksa meets Modi in India, says misunderstanding over


Mahinda Rajapaksa is back to courting India. Forgotten are his accusations that India was behind the Presidential victory of his one-time confidante Maithripala Sirisena in January 8th2015. The first signs that the former President was seeing a... More

India keeps a close watch on Bhutan elections


New Delhi is keeping a close watch on the upcoming National Assembly elections in Bhutan amid attempts by China to woo the tiny Himalayan nation with which it does not currently have diplomatic ties. The primary round... More

India mulls using national currencies in trade with Russia


India hopes to introduce the mechanism of national currencies' use in bilateral transactions with Russia as soon as possible and plans to discuss this issue during the upcoming visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to New Delhi,... More

US reviewing India’s Chabahar port development, says US official


The Trump administration, which is determined to impose fresh set of sanctions on Iran and countries and entities engaged in business with Tehran, is currently reviewing India’s development of the strategically important Chabahar port in the Islamic... More

China, Pakistan agree to open economic corridor to investment from other countries


China has moved to ease concerns about the strategic intent behind its vast infrastructure push by agreeing to invite third-country investors to be part of its US$60 billion economic corridor project with Pakistan. The agreement was reached during... More

India must review its Nepal policy


It has been a busy fortnight on the India-Nepal diplomatic front. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Kathmandu for the Bimstec summit at the end of August and had what was billed as an extremely warm and productive... More

US will not cooperate with ICC probe into Afghanistan


The United States has said that it would refuse to cooperate “in any way” with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague if it carries our a prospective investigation into allegations of war crimes by US... More

US to support efforts for Pak-India talks


The United States will be “very supportive” if conditions are created for productive talks between India and Pakistan, says senior US diplomat Alice G. Wells. Ms Wells, who heads the bureau for South and Central Asian affairs at... More

Afghan counter-terror brigade to train in China


Jana Mosazai, Afghanistan's ambassador to China, Vietnam and Mongolia, said that as part of a joint "mountain brigade" established to combat terrorism in the Wakhan Corridor, "there will be some training, obviously, and that will take place... More

Chinese envoy proposes belt and road mechanism for Bangladesh


The Chinese ambassador in Dhaka has proposed to establish “China-Bangladesh Communication, Cooperation and Coordination” mechanism for enterprises under the “belt and road” initiative or BRI. Zhang Zuo also put forward several suggestions while speaking at a discussion in... More

Afghan Taliban prepare for new peace talks with US: sources


The Taliban are preparing to send a delegation for further talks with US officials about ending the conflict in Afghanistan, two officials involved with the process said on Tuesday, adding that the meeting could address a possible... More

No blanket waiver for India-Russia defence trade: US Official


The Trump Administration continues to have conversations with India on its mega military deal to purchase S-400 missile defence system from Russia, a senior US official said, noting that no decision has been made yet on American... More

Pakistan and China to extend CPEC to Afghanistan


China and Pakistan have decided to speed up and extend the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor towards Afghanistan during Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s recent visit to Islamabad, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday. Wang, designated as... More

Nepal makes BIMSTEC success conditional on SAARC revival


Nepal within a week of hosting the BIMSTEC Summit has tried to play SAARC card ostensibly at the behest of Pakistan and made progress in BIMSTEC conditional on reviving SAARC. Former Nepalese PM Prachanda during his just concluded... More

India-Bhutan border to be laser-mapped along Assam to check terrorist presence 


It has been reported that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has given its approval to a plan to undertake laser based aerial mapping of the India-Bhutan border along Assam. It is understood that laser based aerial... More

China signs CMEC MOUs with Myanmar


China has signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with Myanmar on the joint construction of the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), which analysts said is a further sign of Myanmar's willingness to integrate and benefit from the Belt and... More

Sino-Pak agreement to upgrade strategic ties


Pakistan and China reiterated their resolve to take the traditional friendship and all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries to new heights while giving a thrust to key areas of economic, trade and defence. The two sides... More

Has flood warning turned the tide in China-India relations?


What a difference a year can make in China-India relations. Last year, China was blamed for a flood in northeastern India. This year, it is being praised for helping to minimise the damage. The early warning China issued... More

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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

A matter of shame

That the wolves would soon be at the door should not have surprised anybody.What is surprising is that Imran Khan’s people were not better prepared to deal with the hungry pack left out in the political cold. Despite the losers’ calling for mass rejection of the alleged July 25 election rigging, they failed to mobilise the streets. Though Fazlur Rahman vociferously fulminated that the new National Assembly (NA) would... 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

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


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

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