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Myanmar: Is Suu Kyi Getting Isolated?

When Suu Kyi came to power with an overwhelming majority in the elections of 2015, People’s expectations were rather high.  Barring the Rakhine State, where the NLD had a poor showing, her party had performed very well even in areas dominated by Ethnic Armed Organizations.  The belief was that she would bring back the “Panglong Spirit” of...


The Hidden Kingdom of Pemako ...hidden no more
Claude Arpi | 21 Apr , 2019 11 comments

Recently, several ‘official’ Chinese websites published a photo-feature on Metok county, North of Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. While Delhi still lives with its century-old ‘Inner Line Permit’, China is fast developing its borders (with India) by building a modern infrastructure and wooing the local tribes, providing them...


An Allied Approach to North Korea?

South Korean President Moon Jae-in met US President Donald Trump on 10-11 April 2019 to bilateral relations as well as the future course of their dealings with North Korea. Although both these issues are related, their delineation is also important. Since Trump assumed charge as president, the US has become more transactional in its...


Belt and Road Initiative: An opportunity or risk for Africa?
Ruchita Beri | 17 Apr , 2019 0 comments

The forthcoming Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Forum meeting, scheduled to be held in Beijing in late April, has put the spotlight on the growing engagement of China with African countries. In the last two decades, China’s engagement with African countries has grown by leaps and bounds. The Belt and Road Initiative, launched by China in 2013,...


The Word's Double Standards
Claude Arpi | 16 Apr , 2019 0 comments

The tragedy which took place in Paris two days ago, when Notre Dame de Paris, the emblematic Cathedral in the heart of the French Capital, was engulfed in a fire, has created a lot of emotions all over the world, including in China. All those who visited the Cathedral understand why? Notre Dame was/is the symbol of the genius of the...


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