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India and Pakistan will be joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as full Members at its 17th Summit in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, on 8 and 9 June.

 

Kenya Railways Corporation has a standard gauge railway (SGR) project that’s part of Kenya’s Vision 2030 document.

 

Recently, quite a few stories have appeared on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in both local and international publications.

 

Ignorance may not always be bliss. India has decided to ignore China's One Belt One Road initiative, which was launched recently in Beijing in the presence of the president of Delhi's 'all-weather friend' - Russia - as well as representatives from the United States of America, Europe and even Japan, a nation known for its testy ties with China. India's concerns over Obor are related to the principles of sovereignty and security. 

 

As Western hegemony wanes in the global village, China envisions the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) project. India withdraws from it. What makes cultures do what they do? The answer perhaps lies in their mythologies, which map the culture’s mind.

 

The successful conclusion of the Belt and Road Forum (BARF) in Beijing, which India chose to stay away from, has led to a chorus of voices warning that in doing so, India has isolated itself both regionally and globally.

 

Arun Prakash has analysed the strategic implications of China’s ingress in India’s neighbourhood (‘A strategic encirclement’, IE, April 25), suggesting the possibility of China inflicting a “Pearl Harbour” in the Andamans.

 

Big catchwords are being thrown around with wild abandon, with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif seen walking hand-in-hand with Chinese President Xi Jinping in too many carefully orchestrated photo-ops.

 

Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, and initiation of Chinese economic reforms in 1979, two approaches have characterised western, particularly the US’, strategy towards Russia and China.

 

The core parts of the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system have been moved to the site of what had been a golf course in southern South Korea.

 


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