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A series of tweets by US president-elect Donald Trump slamming China coupled with his disclosure that he had a conversation with president of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen last week indicate that Trump will be pursuing a hardline policy towards China, according to Indian analysts.  
 
In what is being read as a signal to China, United States ambassador to India Richard Verma has completed a tour of the Northeast states and has discussed India’s Act-East policy with leaders from the region. Barring Mizoram, Verma has toured all the states in the last one-and-a-half months. “This was the first such trip by a US ambassador,” a US Embassy spokesperson told The Indian Express, when asked about the previous such ambassadorial trip to the Northeast states.  
 
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The 6th Ministerial Heart of Asia conference that was held in Amritsar on Sunday, jointly inaugurated by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was part of a process that started in Istanbul in 2011 and now includes 14 participating and over two dozen supporting nations. With this year’s theme being “Addressing Challenges and Achieving Prosperity”, President Ghani set the stage by outlining the “great opportunities” and “significant threats” that his country faces

 
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The just-concluded 6th ministerial meeting of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process at Amritsar will be remembered for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's ferocious attack on Pakistan. Perhaps never has a Head of State inaugurating a ministerial meeting directly named and shamed a country's representative as Ghani did. At the receiving end was Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Foreign Policy Adviser Sartaj Aziz.   
 
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In diplomacy, the subtext is often as important as the text. As the sixth edition of the annual Heart of Asia Conference came to a close on Sunday, between the comments and declarations, the narrative and the counter-narrative, lay the contours of a new, deviatory foreign policy under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  
 
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The sabotage of the SAARC summit should have been a wake-up call for the Sharif government. The fact that India along with Afghanistan and Bangladesh and not excluding Bhutan and Nepal managed to have the conference aborted illustrates the failure of Pakistan’s misguided foreign policy. We are becoming increasingly isolated and our foreign policy continues to suffer setbacks in one way or another. And yet the Sharif government insists that all is well.  
 

For Pakistani civilian and military establishments the 6th Heat of Asia summit did not go well. They knew the outcome. So did the partners of Afghanistan. Those who pelt others cannot expect bouquets and salutes in return. 

 
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If India was hoping to corner Pakistan on the issue of cross-border terrorism at the Heart of Asia conference on December 3-4 in Amritsar, that has been overtaken by the telephone conversation between US President-elect Donald Trump and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif on Friday, which dramatically shifts the kaleidoscope reflecting the sequence of elements in the Hindu Kush.  
 
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In a media briefing on Thursday, India’s foreign ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup blamed Pakistan for the recent terrorist attack on the Nagrota army base in Jammu and Kashmir. 

 

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s chief advisor on foreign policy, Sartaj Aziz, has announced that he will be visiting India to represent his country at the Heart of Asia Conference on Afghanistan, at Amritsar, on December 3 and 4. That is a welcome announcement.

 


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Addressing entrepreneurs, policymakers, technologists, and academics December 7 at the Carnegie India Global Technology Summit in Bengaluru, India's Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar underscored the need to harness the power of technological change for faster economic development.
 
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The strangest of the several barbs hurled hurdled at Pakistan during and after the recently concluded Heart of Asia conference at Amritsar, India,  was that Pakistan is trying to change perception about the Taliban writes Monish Gulati  
 
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Actually, Modi is on to a long-term experiment in India. He and the government aim to re-engineer human souls and minds as much as socio-economic realities. writes Sudip Bhattacharyya for South Asia Monitor.
 
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This has been a mind-boggling year for Europe. First Britain’s shock European Union referendum result and the ensuing backlash against immigrants seemed to signal the rise of the right in Europe. The certainty that the right was on a steady march to power seemed confirmed by the U.S. election result and was seized upon by right-w
 
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Diplomacy can be quirky when not decidedly cold. Donald Trump has caused a flutter in the international roost weeks before his inaugural as the President of the United States of America. He himself has been left wondering how the  "US sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment, but I should not accept a congratula
 
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The Heart Of Asia conference in Amritsar called for immediate elimination of terrorism to help the war-ravaged country in its political and economic transition. Access the full text here...
 
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China on Monday said that it was opposed to any breach of the Iran nuclear deal, opening up another possible avenue of friction with the United States once President-elect Donald Trump enters the White House.  
 
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It is accepted conventional wisdom the world over, ever since well-known military theorist, Carl Von Clausewitz, first articulated the aphorism in the late 18th century that “war is a continuation of politics by other means”.  
 
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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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The pattern of Chinese actions on the global stage demonstrates that it lives by the credo of might is right, a potent tool in its armoury for the pursuit of aggressive designs, writes Sudip Talukdar for South Asia Monitor....

 
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The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others of their ilk not only destabilise Pakistan and make it one of the world's most dangerous places but also threaten neighbouring Afghanistan and India -- and even far...

 
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