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Multilateralism is fraying at the edges. While global problems, requiring effective global coordination, abound, multilateral cooperation has been gridlocked recently. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) was driven to irrelevance by the collapse of the Doha trade round in 2008.

 
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According to the Australian news media, China has delivered a harsher message in private to the government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that if Canberra joins the US’ so-called “freedom of navigation” military exercises within 12 nautical miles of reefs and atolls occupied by China, then Beijing would impose practical “economic costs”. With the Australian economy facing sluggish GDP growth and already dulled by China’s economic slowdown, any economic punishment meted out to it by Beijing can be disastrous for Mr Turnbull. Call it blackmail or smart diplomacy, China realises how indispensable it is to the prosperity of all its neighbours and is extracting strategic concessions from them on its cherished political objectives.

 
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Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi’s visit to New Delhi on Saturday will not change anything in the mindset of the leadership in Beijing.

 
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Liberal democracy and capitalism—the two great pillars of self-proclaimed Western supremacy—are in deep crisis, spawning in its wake a politics of rage and hate on either side of the Atlantic.

 
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The spate of attacks by lone wolves claiming allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS) is on the rise in Europe and the US. France and Belgium have witnessed the worst of them while Germany has started experiencing them, albeit on a smaller scale. Britain is expecting similar attacks and remains on high alert. The other nations too are equally worried. To add confusion are adverse comments on Muslims and other immigrants by US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

The spate of attacks by lone wolves claiming allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS) is on the rise in Europe and the US. France and Belgium have witnessed the worst of them while Germany has started experiencing them, albeit on a smaller scale. Britain is expecting similar attacks and remains on high alert. The other nations too are equally worried. To add confusion are adverse comments on Muslims and other immigrants by US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
 
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The United Nations (UN) Security Council is considering candidates for the next UN secretary-general. 

 
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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s concerted bid to do away with his opponents in the garb of purging putschists will do more harm to the till-now most liberal Muslim country. As the futile efforts will confine Erdogan’s energy to saving his throne, Russia, Iran and Syrian President Assad will be prime beneficiaries of the imminent internal turmoil in Turkey  
 
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Coupled with low economic benefits and the current anti-trade sentiments, it runs the risk of heading nowhere.

 
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Strategic affairs analysts ponder whether India can become a “great power”. It has the prerequisites of size, location, demography, economic potential and political standing. The question is about its capacity to forge these attributes into demonstrable national strength. The Modi government’s ambition in that direction is evident in India’s foreign policy initiatives in our near and extended neighbourhood, with major powers and in campaigns for UN Security Council and Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) membership.

 
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Even as Kashmir faces a prolonged period of unrest, it has to be remembered that the outbreak is not communal in nature. Hindu-Muslim animosity has nothing to do with it even if several Kashmiri Pandit families have left the Valley in recent weeks, recalling an earlier exodus. But their departure is because of the prevailing violence and not because they felt unwanted as a community.  
 


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The words of Ho Chi Minh  “Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty” rang true for the people of the erstwhile East Pakistan when, with increasing brutality, the West Pakistani oppression spread across the land, writes Anwar A Khan from Dhaka
 
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In a significant boost to New Delhi's Act East Policy, India and Japan set up the Act East Forum on Tuesday as agreed during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India this year for the annual bilateral meeting that would help to focus and catalyse development in India's Northeast.
 
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  United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reiterated on Friday Washington's warning that “all options are on the table” to meet North Korea's nuclear threat while offering to keep the lines of communication with Pyongyang open.
 
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What is commonly referred to as the “border dispute” between India and China manifests itself in two distinct and separate areas of contention. One is Aksai Chin, a virtually uninhabited high-altitude desert expanse of about 37,000 square kilometres. The other is what is now the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh,
 
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The first thing that one sees when a flight approaches New Delhi is thick smog that envelopes the city and its lack of greenery.  In almost all other major cities of India lack of greenery is the most obvious sight that one sees when approaching it by air.
 
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Pakistan has agreed to allow the rupee to depreciate after holding talks with the International Mone­tary Fund (IMF) on the country's economy.

 
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Two major global changes in the past year; the ‘Brexit’ referendum and the advent of Donald Trump, writes Sandeep Kaur Bhatia

 
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It is also imperative for India to explore other regions for markets. Its trade deficit with Latin America has been narrowing. Also, its trade with Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala has increased, ...

 
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Over the last 25 years, India's explosive economic growth has vaulted it into the ranks of the world's emerging major powers. Long plagued by endemic poverty, until the 1990s the Indian economy was also hamstrung by a burdensome regulat...

 
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Title: A Ticket to Syria; Author: Shirish Thorat; Publisher: Bloomsbury India: Pages: 254; Price: Rs 399

 
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Gorichen, a majestic peak in the Eastern Himalayas at an altitude of 22,500 feet, is the highest in Arunachal Pradesh. Beautiful to look at and providing a fantastic view from the top, it is extremely tough climb for mountaineers.

 
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It is often conjectured if the reason for long-standing conflicts and insurgencies, in the developing world, especially South Asia, is not only other powers fishing in troubled waters but also the keenness of arms industries, mostly Western, to...

 
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Title: The People Next Door -The Curious History of India-Pakistan Relations; Author: T.C.A. Raghavan; Publisher: HarperCollins ; Pages: 361; Price: Rs 699