Multiple issues have compounded to bring tensions to near crisis point, with serious ramifications for domestic and bilateral relations. These include ongoing disagreement over territorial rights to the island of Kachchatheevu, frequent poaching by Indian fisherman in Sri Lankan waters, and the damaging economic and environmental effects of trawling, write Punsara Amarasinghe and Eshan Jayawardena for South Asia Monitor
India's recent accession to the Ashgabat Agreement, of which Iran, Oman, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are members, will further enhance its connectivity and engagement with the region, writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury for South Asia Monitor
China sees Oli as a ‘nationalist’ leader who can challenge Indian interference. Hence, Beijing seeks to use this opportunity to implement its Belt and Road Initiative projects in Nepal, write Pramod Jaiswal and Aruna Ghimire for South Asia Monitor
The present configuration of relations in West Asia does not permit a fair peace process. But India being considered a possibility for a role is significant in itself as it recognises its balanced and realistic position on Palestine, writes T. P. Sreenivasan for South Asia Monitor
From all accounts, India’s encirclement has begun with ruthless efficiency. Pakistan is gone. Maldives is about to fall. Nepal is almost there. And Sri Lanka is under an understandable hypnotic trance. India genuinely faces its most serious security challenge, writes Amit Dasgupta for South Asia Monitor
India-China civil-society dialogue on climate change, sustainable development
China has initiated early actions on the Wuhan summit between Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping that stressed the need for people-to-people dialogue for the development of not only India and China but the whole world.