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Beijing has kicked up a furious diplomatic row over the Dalai Lama’s ongoing visit to the northeast – including Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh – claiming that the Tibetan spiritual leader’s tour will seriously damage its ties with “obstinate” New Delhi. Such strident pronouncements, bordering on threats, are unbecoming of Beijing. If the latter sincerely believes in cordial India-China relations it would do well to be more diplomatic in its responses. New Delhi, meanwhile, has been absolutely right in stating that the Dalai Lama is free to visit any part of India and Arunachal Pradesh certainly fits this description.
 
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We have noted some interesting discussions and debates in the Bangladesh media regarding India and Bangladesh signing a defence pact during the ensuing visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Delhi commencing from 7 April. Bangladesh and India are two friendly neighbours in South Asia. They have mutual respect for sovereign equality between their peoples. Two such countries can easily sign any or many agreements mutually beneficial to both in defence, security, energy, economics and commerce.
 
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s upcoming visit to India has created a slew of debates and discussions in the leading news media in both Bangladesh and India. It is not surprising given the level and intensity of Bangladesh-India relationship, Bangladesh’s rise as an emerging economic tiger, Sheikh Hasina’s international stature as a leader and the geopolitics of the region. However, all of our attention has drifted away from other important issues through speculative reports on a defence pact between Bangladesh and India. Although there is yet to be any official confirmation from either side on this, news media broke stories, quoting unidentified sources. Is it a ploy on the part of a certain quarter to keep Bangladeshis busy talking about this without paying attention to other issues, such as the sharing of the waters of common rivers? Or is it a reality?
 
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A section of the Bangladesh ‘anxiety lobby’ is worried about Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India, fearing she will sign a treaty which will go against the country’s best interests. When a treaty is about to be signed such anxieties are common. But does India need a treat to gobble up Bangladesh given its size, power and proximity? However, India has not been a fair partner on many matters and water sharing is one big example. But it is possible that Bangladesh is at its strongest to negotiate as it goes to India, courtesy of Chinese billions and the potential of a strong Chinese presence in Dhaka. Who needs a defence treaty?  
 
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The attack on Khan Sheikhoun, the third since Syria used chemical agents at Ghouta in 2013 and east Hama last December, has led to calls for an international investigation. For its part, Russia and Syria deny responsibility, claiming that jets hit a jihadist stockpile. The images of the 70 killed at Khan Sheikhoun, though, should not blind us to the larger horror underway. Few weeks pass in Syria without far larger numbers of civilians losing their lives and limbs to conventional weapons. Yet, Khan Sheikhoun is being spoken of as “red line” crossed — as if an estimated 5,00,000 dead and almost 11.5 million displaced were not “red line” enough.

 
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There was a time when victory over enemies was about bashing heads, seizing their women and enslaving their children. It still happens of course. The cost-effective way is for the powerful to dictate, the weak to submit, hands to be shaken with the key representatives of the respective parties facing the camera, a show of bonhomie and crisp statements about long-standing historical friendships. Heads don’t get bashed, but enslavement is what it is all about. 

 
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US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, a rising star in the administration of President Donald Trump, has made another blunt statement that has drawn the ire of a third country and elicited a restatement of more traditional policy by the State Department. 

 
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China reacted angrily to the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh - a territory that it claims is theirs - and said that by ignoring Beijing's concerns over the issue New Delhi has caused "serious damage" to bilateral ties.  India reiterated that no political colour should be attributed to the Tibetan spiritual leader's visit to the northeastern state.

 
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The latest development in the non-resolution of the tensions that bedevil relations between India and Pakistan comes from the Americans, and signals what at first sight is a shift of position by the Trump administration. Washington has offered to help de-escalate the acrimony that is currently at an elevated level. Pakistan has welcomed and accepted the move, and India has rejected it. 
 
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Better connectivity within and beyond South Asia is imperative to Bangladesh meeting its own long term development goals Better rail connectivity with India, Nepal, and Bhutan spells good things for Bangladesh.
 


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The European Union and India should work closely to bring peace, stability and development in Afghanistan, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said.
 
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A pre-dawn  suicide terror attack (fidayeen)  on an army camp in the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday (April 27)   resulted in the death of three army personnel including an officer,  while two terrorists were neutralized. Combing operations are in progress to ascertain if any of the attackers have
 
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The dreadful violence and low turnout in a by-election in Kashmir has again raised intense debate in New Delhi.
 
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The brief hand-holding took place in the Gulf of Aden. Despite a history of border dispute, diplomatic clashes and rivalry on various issues, India and China joined forces on April 9 to rescue a merchant vessel from pirates.
 
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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sprang a surprise when he registered himself as a candidate in Iran’s presidential election scheduled for May 19. After leaving the office of President in 2013 at the end of two controversial terms, the firebrand populist has been largely inactive in politics. 
 
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Nerves are being frazzled by a rising arc of sabre rattling in northeast Asia. After the US decided to deploy an aircraft carrier strike group to the region to counter North Korea’s nuclear buildup, US President Donald Trump has asserted that a major conflict with Pyongyang was indeed possible.
 
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In last couple of years, India is boasting about its highest economic growth rate in the world, surpassing that of China
 
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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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Title: Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War; Author: Myra Macdonald; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 328; Price: Rs 599

 
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Over the Years, a collection of 106 short articles, offers us interesting sidelights on the currents and cross- currents in the public life of India during two distinctive periods: (I) 1987 to 1991 and (II ) 2010 to the present.

 
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