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Finally, India, China look to reset ties

It will be Modi’s fourth visit to China since he assumed office in May 2014 and his second bilateral visit, after 2015, when he visited Xian. He went to Hangzhou for the G20 summit in 2016 and also attended the BRICS summit in Xiamen last year. He is due to make his fifth visit, to the Chinese city of Qingdao, in June this year for the SCO summit, writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury for South Asia Monitor

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A bright future ahead: India and Sri Lanka deepen and widen cooperation

With a string of issues having dampened the lively association between India and Sri Lanka almost three decades ago, the recent initiatives taken by the present governments on both the sides reflect a genuine attempt to mend the broken ties, write Srimal Fernando and Prateek Joshi for South Asia Monitor.

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East on India’s mind: India’s North East Council can be a vital connector

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Waziristan: The sanctuary for local and international militants

Of all the things that the conflict in Afghanistan has brought to light, it is the precarious, lawless and volatile situation of Waziristan. What could never be successfully integrated into the British imperial order or even the present state structure of Pakistan, Waziristan continues to throw many challenges at the whole world, writes Attaullah Waziri for South Asia Monitor.

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India's national security: Rhetoric needs to be matched by action

The defence budget in India is rarely discussed in Parliament in an informed and objective manner and is often characterized by bitter political rancour and a zero-sum approach. National security must impel some degree of bipartisan political consensus but, that alas, remains very elusive in the current times, writes C. Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor.

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India is paying a price for losing its grasslands

Wiry shrubs and clumps of brown-green fill the semi-arid landscape of Kutch in western India. Many of these patches have, over the years, made way for "more productive" agricultural land. This greening of "wasteland" is, however, degrading a precious and largely ignored ecosystem -- the grasslands. And, as a result,

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IMF expects India's role in Indo-Pacific region to expand

The International Monetary Fund expects India's role in the Indo-Pacific region's development to continue to expand because of its robust growth, but it has to carry out more trade refor...

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