Strategic dialogue further deepens China-Pakistan relations

The first China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Strategic Dialogue was held in Beijing on March 19.  What's the significance of this dialogue? What are the new developments of China Pakistan Economic Corridor? H.E. Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Foreign Minister... More

China’s port in Sri Lanka could get boost from proposed refinery

A proposed oil refinery in Sri Lanka could boost a barely used Chinese-operated port that has piled on debt for the country and fueled criticism of President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road infrastructure-building initiative. The $3.9 billion... More

Pakistan exults as first thermal plant under CPEC starts electricity generation

Reaching a major milestone, the journey of achieving energy efficiency, Pakistan has started commercial electricity generation from the Thar power plant. The electricity generation started Tuesday with 330MW of power being connected to the national grid. A video... More

Shouting hollow slogans will not improve India’s strength

As India's general election will take place from April 11 to May 19, Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi used China to attack Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Not a word comes out of his mouth when China... More

China deflects India’s call for UN sanctions on leader of Pakistan-based militants

China has again blocked an Indian request to blacklist the leader of a Pakistan-based militant group that claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on Indian paramilitary police in disputed Kashmir last month. At a meeting of the United... More

A ‘festival of democracy’ cannot accommodate hatred

On March 10, Prime Minister Narendra Modi enthusiastically tweeted, “The festival of democracy, Elections are here.” The sentence rings of grave irony. But I will come to that later. The word ‘festival’ – be it religious, secular, cultural or... More

China will not pick sides in India-Pakistan disputes

As the relations between Pakistan and India are at their lowest these days, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou paid a visit to Pakistan on Wednesday, calling the two sides to refrain from taking any actions that... More

China takes credit for helping de-escalate simmering India-Pakistan tensions

Beijing said it played a “constructive role” in defusing tensions between India and Pakistan over the terrorist attack on Indian security forces in Pulwama, ahead of a United Nations vote to condemn the head of the Pakistan-based... More

India under Modi: From policy paralysis to chaos

The gross domestic product (GDP) estimates released by India on February 28 present a stark challenge to the Narendra Modi government’s self-congratulatory narrative. GDP growth slowed consistently, from 8% in the first quarter of the year (April-June), to... More

Trump’s new tariff plan puts New Delhi-Washington strategic relations to test

US President Donald Trump plans to end preferential trade treatment for India, saying the Indian government "has not assured the United States that it will provide equitable and reasonable access to the market of India." Although the world... More

Tanneries shut in India’s UP state, business shifts to West Bengal and...

The government of India's UP state shutdown order on leather tanneries in Kanpur and Unnao since the beginning of Kumbh three months ago to cap pollution in the Ganga, has dealt a double blow to industry in... More

Modi faces tough choice – growth vs nationalism

It seems Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a dilemma: As he campaigns for another term in office, taking a tough stance toward Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack is likely to help him win voters' hearts.... More

Dark clouds of conflict

The ongoing tension between India and Pakistan is taking a dangerous turn. The Indian air force crossed Pakistani airspace and carried out strikes against alleged terrorist training camps within Pakistan-administered territory, followed by Pakistan's own airstrike. This... More

Indian markets slump over tension with Pakistan

The tension on the border between India and Pakistan following air strikes by Indian Air Force jets dragged down both the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange on Tuesday.  Bombay Stock Exchange index S&P BSE... More

Indian exporters to suffer more from cessation of trade with Pakistan, data...

The volume of Pak-India bilateral trade posted a growth of nearly five per cent in the first seven months of the current fiscal year from a year ago despite border tension for the past few months between... More

Saudi set to be key player in South Asia

The visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to Pakistan and India represents a new chapter in relations between Saudi Arabia and the two South Asian nations. With its tens of billions of dollars of potential... More

India-Pakistan economic ties should not be interrupted by terror attack

India and Pakistan need to avoid engaging in a trade war that will deal a blow to their own economies as well as that of China. Tensions between India and Pakistan skyrocketed after Pakistan was reported to be... More

India uses diversionary theory of war against Pakistan

Diversionary theory of war is the contention that leaders initiate conflict abroad as a way of increasing national cohesion at home by diverting national public opinion away from controversial domestic issues. India has used this theory from... More

Why India revoking Pakistan’s MFN status is more symbolic than economic

India’s decision to finally withdraw the non-discriminatory market status it granted to Pakistan in 1996 – more commonly known as ‘most favoured nation’ (MFN) status – in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack will have little... More

In show of unity, India opposition parties seek pre-poll accord

Opposition politicians from across India met this week to discuss formally teaming-up against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the country’s upcoming general election. The meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday evening was an important show of unity from... More

US warns countries, including India, against buying Venezuelan oil

America's tough-talking national security adviser John Bolton has warned countries, including India, against buying Venezuelan oil, saying nations and firms that support the embattled President Nicolas Maduro's "theft" will "not be forgotten". Bolton's warning through a tweet on... More


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



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