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A Bridge over the River Dadu
Claude Arpi | 14 Apr , 2017 0 comments

The crossing of the Dadu River in Luding, in today’s Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (Sichuan province) was vital to the Red Army during the Long March in 1935. The soldiers of the Fourth Regiment of the Chinese Workers and Peasants’ Army eventually crossed the bridge located some 80 kilometers west of the city of Ya’an. According to...

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Can Kim Jong-Un be tamed?
A Vinod Kumar | 13 Apr , 2017 0 comments

Days after US President Donald Trump made his first decisive foreign policy intervention by launching a flurry of Tomahawks into a Syrian air base, in response to the chemical attack blamed on the Assad regime, he has now moved an American naval strike group to the Western Pacific. The move is supposedly a result of the continuing brinkmanship...

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Monk in the Midst of Muck
Claude Arpi | 12 Apr , 2017 0 comments

China speaks big and loud, but it has not been able to win the hearts of the Tibetans 60 years after their so-called liberation. How can the Communist leadership convince the people of Arunachal to join the authoritarian regime? Buddhists believe in the concept of sacred places or peethas. During the 10th century, the great Indian yogi Tilopa...

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US Policy Focus 2017-Middle East or East Asia?
Dr Subhash Kapila | 11 Apr , 2017 0 comments

The United States in 2017 seems to be falling into the same trap of the decade of the 2000s wherein US Middle East-predominant policy focus enabled China’s military rise threatening American predominance in East Asia. The United States policy establishment should recall that the Korean War of the 1950s involved North Korea and China entering...

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Pakistan cannot acknowledge the reality of 1971
Syed Badrul Ahsan | 10 Apr , 2017 0 comments

In these 46 years since the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971, I have been to Pakistan four times. The first three – in 1995, 2000 and 2004 – were at the invitation of the South Asian Media Association (SAMA) and the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA). Besides, I have been to India at the invitation of its Ministry of External Affairs,...

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