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President Donald J. Trump is on his first official trip to Asia, with stops in Japan, South Korea, China, and now Vietnam, for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) summit. In his address to the APEC CEO Summit, he outlined his stamp on Asia statecraft, which includes a vision of upholding a “free and open Indo-Pacific.” However, the United States cannot achieve that goal without strong Asian partnerships—including with India.

 
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US President Donald Trump’s extended swing through Asia underlines the deep difficulties in sustaining the present order in Asia. At the root of the Asian instability is the changing dynamic between the traditional hegemon, America, and its challenger, China. That Washington and Beijing need each other is not in doubt.

 
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Amitabh Bachchan has nothing on North Korea’s diplomats allegedly bootlegging in Islamabad. In Deewar, Vijay, played by Bachchan, needed both cunning and bravado to smuggle contraband, and bribes to officials and cops.

 
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The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been underway for almost two years but the political leadership has yet to take into consideration its societal and environmental impact.

 
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So, it’s official. Pakistan has finally arrived. We are now firmly on the US radar as meriting a bashing alongside regional big boys Iran and Russia. Truly, we are touched. And if we were to make an acceptance speech, NATO would top the list of those whom we absolutely had to thank.

 
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A four-cornered ghost has been dredged up from the past as India, US, Japan and Australia gather up their skirts to recreate the now famous “quadrilateral”. In the reigning geo-political context, it could be a ‘consummation devoutly to be wished’. But some degree of strategic clarity is necessary for all the players.

 

Addressing a gathering at the Vivekananda International Foundation in New Delhi on October 25, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ruled out his country’s participation in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) unless Kabul is given access to Wagah crossing on the Indo-Pak border for its trade with New Delhi.

 

Pakistan and the US continue to do the fandango. Yet is this country that is asking if we are caught up in a landslide with no escape from reality.

 
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China, the world’s communist behemoth, is at a turning point in its history — one that will have profound implications for the rest of the world, but especially for neighbouring India.

 
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Marking a milestone in the development of an alternate trade route to Afghanistan bypassing Pakistan, the time-tested friend of Afghans, India sent its first consignment of wheat through the Chabahar port in Iran.

 


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