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How does one get a grip on the proposed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and its associated investments without any hard information except for the hype? In the absence of any mechanism for credible evaluation I suggest we hold it up against a historical parallel and see what emerges by way of tentative conclusions. Some discussion grounded in real experience may be better than taking sides in the dark.

 
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President Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, who had hosted Mrs Gandhi, did visit New Delhi in April 1992 after several changes in the Indian political landscape, and received a tremendous compliment from Indian President R Venkatraman who called him a saintly statesman.

President Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, who had hosted Mrs Gandhi, did visit New Delhi in April 1992 after several changes in the Indian political landscape, and received a tremendous compliment from Indian President R Venkatraman who called him a saintly statesman.

 
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Pakistan appears to be lurching towards totalitarianism, with at least five bloggers and independent civil society activists having mysteriously ‘disappeared’ over the last fortnight. The evidence points towards state involvement in their disappearances. 

 
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New Delhi’s frustration with Beijing ought not lead it into a too-quick embrace of a US-led military alliance

 
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RECENTLY, one has begun to hear apprehensions on the Chinese investment in Pakistan with a few commentators even likening it to the East India Company. On the opposite side one hears mindless platitudes in praise of the initiatives. This reflects confusion on our own part. Pakistan has to first decide whether it needs foreign direct investment or not.

 
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OVER 30 years ago, prime minister Indira Gandhi called off talks with Pakistan on a no-war pact because Pakistan’s representative to the UN Human Rights Commission, Agha Hilaly, had compared Indian Kashmir with Palestine. That was before the eruption of militancy in the former in 1989. 

 
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The year 2016 ended with a sobering note as far as the Asian security situation is concerned. Growing crisis in the South China Sea, fragile political situation in Afghanistan, tenuous peace in Central Asia, Syrian conflict, and above all China-Russia strategic interactions definedthe strategic cord of Asian security structure

 
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 India should never underestimate China’s trouble-making capacities as Beijing is apprehensive of the growing strategic, military and naval ties between New Delhi and Washington, writes Dr. Satish Misra for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Economically, it's been a banner year for India. In February, it surpassed China as the world's fastest-growing economy. In October, the IMF predicted India would retain that title for the foreseeable future; its GDP is projected to increase by 7.6 percent through 2017.

 
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The number of trucks carrying jute and jute goods to India through the Benapole land port has declined sharply after New Delhi imposed a high anti-dumping duty on Bangladeshi goods on January 5 ranging from US$19 and $352 per tonne.

 


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spotlight image China has handed over two ships to the Pakistan Navy to safeguard the strategic Gwadar port and trade routes under the $ 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a move likely to raise alarm in India.  
 
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The possibility of a Taliban attack targeting Emirati officials is not going down well with analysts writes Monish Gulati
 
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Since late 2015, cultural and political issues have strained relations between the two countries with anti-Indian sentiment growing amongst the government and people of Nepal, writes Dr. Binodkumar Singh for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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Recently, vandals desecrated at least 20 Hindu idols and three temples in Jamai bazar area in Tungipara of Gopalganj district of Bangladesh Recently, vandals desecrated at least 20 Hindu idols and three temples in Jamai bazar area in Tungipara of Gopalganj district of Bangladesh
 
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It will also feature glimpses of Indian traditional, folk and tribal art such as Gond, Madhubani and Pattachitra paintings.

 
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spotlight image The prime minister is wrong if she thinks a poorer Britain is the price people want to pay for limiting free movement
 
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spotlight image It is unfortunate that Taiwan has a neighbor across the Taiwan Strait that wants to annex it, but, even more frustrating, Taiwanese also have to put up with people who echo China’s rhetoric and intended to intimidate Taiwanese into obedience.
 
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What will be Pakistan's fate? Acts of commission or omission by itself, in/by neighbours, and superpowers far and near have led the nuclear-armed country at a strategic Asian crossroads to emerge as a serious regional and global concern whi...

 
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Some South African generals, allied with the British forces, sought segregation from the enlisted men, all blacks, after being taken prisoners of war. The surprised German commander told them firmly that they would have to share the same quarte...

 
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An aching sense of love, loss and yearning permeate this work of fiction which, however, reads like a personal narrative set in an intensely disruptive period of Indian history, and adds to the genre of partition literature, writes Ni...

 
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This is a path-breaking work on India's foreign policy since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in May 2014 and surprised everyone by taking virtual charge of the external affairs portfolio. A man who had been denied visa by some count...

 
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