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Post-Doklam, China and India work to manage bruised ties

It is not harmony and optics which have driven both China and India to re-engage more closely with each other, particularly after 2017’s bruising faceoff at Doklam plateau; it is sheer compulsion, writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury for South Asia Monitor

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Backing Uzbek peace process, US hopes to check China, Russia in Afghanistan

The US has its own geopolitical goals for engineering the peace process by Uzbekistan; it will open the gateway for Afghanistan to the new world market. By encouraging an alliance between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan,  access routes through Central Asia would be available, lessening Kabul’s dependence on Russia, Pakistan, and Iran, writes Bawa Singh for South Asia Monitor.

Don't expect too much from Modi-Xi meeting

While dramatic decisions cannot be ruled out, given the fact that Modi especially needs to take back some tangibles from a much-hyped summit as he approaches crucial national elections, there is also the danger of raising undue expectations, writes Tarun Basu for South Asia Monitor

Finally, India, China look to reset ties

It will be Modi’s fourth visit to China since he assumed office in May 2014 and his second bilateral visit, after 2015, when he visited Xian. He went to Hangzhou for the G20 summit in 2016 and also attended the BRICS summit in Xiamen last year. He is due to make his fifth visit, to the Chinese city of Qingdao, in June this year for the SCO summit, writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury for South Asia Monitor

China's ambitious Arctic Policy behind Modi's Nordic push?

Beijing’s polar policy should cause concern in India. While New Delhi has been in engagement with the US, Russia and Canada, its connect with the other five has been wanting. Modi’s visit to Sweden was the first by an Indian Prime Minister in almost 30 years, writes Ranjana Narayan for South Asia Monitor 

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In northeast India, water-management practices to deal with climate change

In a small village on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Assam in northeast India, farmer Horen Nath stood gazing at his partially submerged paddy field. The floods had kept their annual date but mercifully, the farmer said, the waters have started receding. "The weather has become very strange of late. We always had ample rain,

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IMF cuts India's growth projection, but it still retains world's top spot

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut India's growth projections for this fiscal year to 7.3 per cent and for the next to 7.5 per cent on Monday, although the country will still retain i...

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