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Why India needs to keep a tab on the New Silk Road
Claude Arpi | 18 May , 2018 0 comments

Linking Xinjiang to south Asia seems to be a new dream for the leadership in Beijing. After focusing for years on Lhasa and southern Tibet, Beijing has decided to invest in the development of western Tibet, known as the Ngari Prefecture of the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR). Despite the 2015 Nepal earthquake which delayed the building of...

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India’s disruptive n-tests: Time for realism 20 years later
TP Sreenivasan | 17 May , 2018 0 comments

India crashed into the nuclear club on May 11, 1998 as the result of a bold decision by the political and scientific establishment after a long period of debate, anxiety, hesitation, speculation and a technology demonstration in 1974. The reaction of the international community to India’s defiance of the NPT (Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty)...

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The guardians of the sacred land and the builders of happy homes
Claude Arpi | 16 May , 2018 2 comments

In the recent weeks, I often mentioned the mushrooming a new ‘model’ villages on the Tibetan side of the Indian border, mainly north of Arunachal Pradesh. This development has been linked with ‘poverty alleviation’ and the ‘defense the borders’. Several senior Communist leaders have visited these new villages, either north of...

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SCO must revisit its policy on Afghanistan
Gaurav Dixit | 15 May , 2018 0 comments

The 2018 summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will be held in the coastal city of Qingdao in East China’s Shandong province in June. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the SCO summit in Qingdao is going to be “a new milestone in the history of the SCO.” Participants are expected to work on a five-year outline for...

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Indian Foreign Policy 2018 Reclaiming the Neighbourhood
Dr Subhash Kapila | 14 May , 2018 0 comments

Indian PM Narendra Modi in 2018 has wisely switched once again the focus of Indian foreign policy on reclaiming India’s neighbourhood which stood lost and was inherited in mid-2014 as a legacy inherited problem. The notable point that needs to be made at the outset is that in the gigantic task of PM Narendra Modi reclaiming India’s...

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