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The Chinese intention is to enter from the south of the Karakoram and cross the Shyok from the east. That would be disastrous for Indian defence, leaving the strategic Nubra vulnerable, possibly impacting supply lines and even India's hold over Siachen. As China intrudes, India must pay urgent attention to the region.

 
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Recently, a seminar on “visa-free South Asia” was held in Pakistan city of Karachi. The speakers at the seminar unanimously wished for a South Asia where the citizens of eight countries will not require any visa to move around in the region. This, however, is not the first time in the region that this kind of wish or demand was raised. Believers in “One South” in all these countries have been putting this idea forward.

 
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Last month Beijing confirmed its plans to sell a new 1,000 megawatt nuclear reactor to Pakistan in a deal signed in February. This pact was secretly concluded between the China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) and the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission during the visit of Pakistani nuclear industry officials to Beijing from February 15 to 18. This sale would once again violate China’s commitment to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and is in contravention to China’s promise in 2004 while joining the NSG not to sell additional reactors to Pakistan’s Chashma nuclear facility beyond the two reactors that began operation in 2000 and 2011.

 

China has caused some confusion in India over its Brahmaputra (Yarlung-Tsangpo) diversion plan. Recently, Water Resource Minister Harish Rawat allayed fears about Chinese projects affecting India's water usage. Yet an inter-ministerial panel report asked the government to closely monitor China's plan for a series of cascading run-of-river projects in the middle reaches of the river.

 
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As Indian and South Korea mark 40 years of diplomatic relations this year, South Korean Ambassador JOON-GYU LEE talks to Sudeep Paul about the future of bilateral ties and the ongoing crisis on the Korean Peninsula. Excerpts: Unlike Hillary Clinton, who played an important role in prioritising Asia, new US Secretary of State John Kerry chose to visit Europe first. He has also been on record earlier for being sceptical of Barack Obama's focus on Asia. But now he has visited East Asia. How significant was this visit, given the crisis on the Korean Peninsula, and was it a reaffirmation of the US pivot to Asia?

 
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As the United States seeks reconciliation with China in the second term of the Obama administration, New Delhi must end its current policy paralysis, dressed up as non-alignment between the world's two most important powers. China's warm reception to US Secretary of State John Kerry in Beijing over the weekend and the new emphasis on jointly addressing the current crisis in the Korean peninsula could help reduce some of the recent tensions in the Sino-US relationship.

 
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Only the other day two well-known American South-Asia hands, both having served as top US envoys in the region, made a strong plea that Washington should now steer India’s passage into the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec).India, they believe, had overcome the problems that blocked its entry when the Apec was formed. India’s economic policies were now forward-looking instead of looking inwards, as they did then, thus falling in line with the organisational goal of free and open trade movement.

 
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The West won the world not by superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organised violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non Westerners never do.’ Samuel. P. Huntington as quoted by J.B. Muller in his dissertation Anglophiles, Eurocentric Arrogance and Reality –The Island November 5, 2010.

 
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When Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-American upwardly mobile son of a retired senior Pakistan Air Force officer was picked up for the bombing attempt at New York City’s Times Square in the summer of 2010, it was seen as an aberration but it chipped at the comforting argument that youngsters take to terrorism out of poverty and deprivation.

 
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On a hot day in June 2004, the Pashtun tribesman was lounging inside a mud compound in South Waziristan, speaking by satellite phone to one of the many reporters who regularly interviewed him on how he had fought and humbled Pakistan’s army in the country’s western mountains. He asked one of his followers about the strange, metallic bird hovering above him.

 


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