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New hurdles on the road to peace in Kabul
Kanwal Sibal | 08 Aug , 2013 0 comments
New hurdles on the road to peace in Kabul

In 2014, power will be transferred to a new president in Afghanistan. The army of the United States of America will complete its withdrawal and the Afghan National Security Forces will assume responsibility for the country’s security. All these transitions seem precarious. The ANSF may have the numbers and may be performing well but that...

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Nepal's Crimson Deluge Complete

On June 13, a major explosion of China’s soft power in Nepal went largely unnoticed in India. This was the gala opening of the Confucius Institute in Kathmandu University co-established by Hebei University of Economics and Business, with full support from Office of Chinese Language Council International. Zheng Xianglin, Chinese Ambassador to...

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Is China nervous?
Vikram Sood | 25 Jul , 2013 1 comment
Is China nervous?

India needs to remain wary of China given that country’s behaviour in the last few years, despite the smiles, handshakes and all those diplomatic niceties with noble intentions. There has been little movement on core strategic issues like the boundary as we derived disproportionate satisfaction out of burgeoning bilateral trade with adverse...

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Pakistan: A land of Treachery and Terror
Pakistan: A land of Treachery and Terror

It happens only in India is a cliché well known. But, seeing Pervez Musharraf featuring in a leadership summit recently on one of our national TV channels proved beyond doubt that moolah (read TRPs) is all that matters and that the fact that this johnny should be tried for war crimes in both India and Pakistan has no meaning for the media as...

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China’s Growing Interest in Gilgit-Baltistan
Senge H. Sering | 17 Jul , 2013 0 comments
China’s Growing Interest in Gilgit-Baltistan

Recent agreements between China and Pakistan during the visit of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Beijing on July 4 reflect China’s growing interest in Gilgit-Baltistan and Balochistan. The situation allows China to obtain the natural resources required to sustain its economic and industrial growth, and extend her sphere of...

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