DIPLOMACY

DIPLOMACY

‘Pakistan has always had very interesting relationships with other countries’: Riaz Khokhar


Few Pakistani diplomats have worked on as many important assignments as Riaz Khokhar has. He has been Pakistan’s envoy to Dhaka, New Delhi, Washington DC and Beijing before becoming foreign secretary in 2002. He has served a long... More

Pakistan balances foreign policy in response to tougher US approach


A lot is going on in Pakistani-US relations: There was US President Donald Trump's New Year's tweet and various American attempts to put Pakistan on the global terrorist-financing watch list. More recently the Trump administration imposed sanctions... More

After Doklam standoff, India to focus on Bhutan ties


India’s diplomatic engagement will place significant focus this year on Bhutan, including a planned visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the tiny Himalayan nation wedged between India and China. A series of events planned to mark the... More

China, India should build ties, resolve differences through mutual trust: Beijing


No mountain is high enough to stop China and India having a strong relationship, as long as both sides strive to build trust instead of fighting one another, China’s foreign minister said on Thursday. “Despite certain tests and... More

India’s Christians, Sikhs face discrimination, says Scottish lawmaker


The British government was asked to raise concerns on the treatment of Christian and Sikh minorities in India when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in April. During a debate... More

Pakistan ready for one-on-one mediation with Taliban


Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawaja Asif on Thursday (March 1) extended support to Kabul's proposed political process seeking to recognise the Taliban as a legitimate political group, and said Pakistan is ready for one-on-one talks with the Afghan... More

Bangladesh involved in sabotaging SAARC summit scheduled to be held in Pakistan:...


Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawaja Asif has said that Bangladesh was involved in sabotaging a South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Conference (SAARC) head of states conference in Pakistan, Express News reports. The foreign minister was responding to the... More

Despite strains, silent progress in India, Pak talks


Pakistan has maintained high-level diplomatic contacts with the Indian establishment, even as New Delhi has maintained the rhetoric that terror and talks cannot go together. A proposal for early release of prisoners aged more than 70 years... 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

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

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

US lawmakers raise concerns over China’s role in Hambantota


US lawmakers have raised concerns over China’s role in the Hambantota port. The port was discussed when the lawmakers expressed concerns over the ambitious ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative of China and sought recommendations for improving... More

India should have no illusions about Trump’s Afghan strategy


Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in Manila, Philippines, during the ASEAN-India and East Asia Summits India’s wish to advance the “future interests of Asia”. But New Delhi should remember that the “Indo-Pacific” is not just about the... More

India, UK in diplomatic showdown over ICJ seat


India and UK are headed for what might turn out to be the worst diplomatic showdown between the two nations in recent times. In a brazen attempt to stall the surge in support for India's candidate for... More

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to visit India early next year


India is preparing to host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in mid-January in what would signal qualitative upgrade of partnership, coming less than a year after Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel. This would be the second trip by... More

Rohingya crisis can harm Chinese OBOR, other regional plans: Experts


Protracted Rohingya crisis might jeopardise regional connectivity initiatives, including One Belt One Road initiative of China, with multiple risks of emergence of terrorism and social and economic instability, experts said at a discussion in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on... More

Buddhism being used as foreign policy plank by India, China, Sri Lanka...


Buddhism was born in India in 5 th.Century BC and spread to South and East Asia in subsequent centuries to be the dominant Asian faith till the advent of Islam in 7th. Century AD which made significant... More

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Pakistan, Afghan peace and India

After almost two decades the US-led NATO intervention in Afghanistan aimed at eradicating the Taliban had no end in sight. US President Donald Trump and the American people, if not the US military, decided that an honourable exit was necessary to end the longest war in US history. Despite the fact that one of Trump’s election promise was to exit Afghanistan (Iraq and Syria) by reluctantly Troop had approved... 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

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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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