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Three years after the plan for the Belt and Road Initiative (B&RI, formerly called the Silk Road Economic Belt or One Belt One Road) was announced, China has concluded the first Belt and Road Forum.

 
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Indian Prime Minister’s visit dominated the local news headlines and spawned intense debates among analysts and politicians to the circumstances surrounding his visit and their implications.

 

China’s most ambitious economic and foreign policy projects, the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, also referred to as the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, has been cause for Indian anxiety for some time now.

 

Through a combination of bad luck and poor calculation Sri Lanka has emerged as a point of contention between India and China. It is not a source of military confrontation, for all the noises about submarines that may or may not be docking in Colombo.

 

It’s a dream of a better life that has been conclusively shattered. Recently the ministry of external affairs (MEA) had to step in to rescue 24 Indians “held captive” by a company in Saudi Arabia over salary disputes. The matter was brought to the notice of the MEA after Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik sought the help of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.

 
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Pakistan’s tightrope walk between Iran and Saudi Arabia has suddenly become a lot tougher. Tehran, perhaps taking a leaf out of New Delhi’s book, has warned it was prepared to carry out cross-border military strikes against Pakistan-based terrorists following the deaths of 10 Iranian border guards at the hands of Sunni militants.

 

Recently, Pakistan-Afghanistan relations have taken a most tragic turn as the exchanges of heated words between the two countries turned into fatal border clashes. For two countries that constantly reiterate the fact that they are brotherly Muslim neighbours, such failures of diplomacy are simply inexcusable on both sides.

 

China has offered India to become part of its One Belt, One Road initiative. India, expectedly, is spurning the offer.

 
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The comments were made to an Indian audience, but they are of profound relevance here in Pakistan. In a recent speech to a think tank, the Chinese ambassador to India, Luo Zhaohui, who has also served as ambassador to Pakistan, invited India to join the One Belt, One Road project and reassured New Delhi that for all of China’s close ties with Pakistan, China seeks stable and prosperous ties with India too.

 
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Famous Indian author Shiva Khera opines that humans naturally imagine then strive for prosperity.

 


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