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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

Pressure on Myanmar must continue following show trial of journalists


Could Myanmar finally be suffering real consequences for its brazen attacks on press freedom and other human rights outrages? Just possibly. A senior trade official, Aung Naing Oo, told Reuters news agency in Singapore that the worldwide... More

US govt misleading Americans on Afghanistan: report


The US government misleads its public to justify the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan, routinely using inflated data to justify its stay, The New York Times reported on Saturday. The report compares the US government’s data with those... More

Islamabad, Beijing renew commitment on CPEC, economic cooperation


Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday assured his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will remain the top priority of the new government in Islamabad. After a detailed meeting, the Chinese foreign minister,... More

Trump wants to stop subsidies to growing economies like India, China


The President also said that the US should get paid for securing the wealthy countries from the outside harm. President Donald Trump on Friday said he wants to stop the subsidies that growing economies like India and China... More

Nepal wants good relations with both India & China: PM Prachanda


Nepal wants to "revive" the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and get its stalled summit convened at the earliest, former Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal "Prachanda" said on Friday, asserting that SAARC and BIMSTEC groupings... More

Quality security interaction with Pakistan to continue: US


A senior US official has said that the United States and Pakistan will continue to promote quality interactions in defence and security despite differences in other areas. Randall G. Schriver, the assistant defence secretary for the Department of... More

Nepal says China to allow access to ports, ending Indian monopoly on...


Wedged between China and India, Nepal depends heavily on India for the supply of essential goods including fuel and the use of its ports for trade with other countries. But Kathmandu has sought access to Chinese ports to... More

Afghan govt asked to hand over Dasth-e-Barchi security to residents


Residents of Kabul’s Dasht-e-Barchi called on government to hand over the security responsibility of the area to the people. They argued that they can ensure their safety better than government forces. The residents said government lacks the ability... More

Chinese envoy lauds PM Imran’s vision for South Asia


Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, Yao Jing, has lauded Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision for peace and prosperity in South Asia, stating that the new government’s direction is clear and its resolve to play a positive role for... More

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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

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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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