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Baloch resentment against Chinese 'colonisation' runs deep

The security of Chinese citizens in Pakistan has become a concern for both nations. The Chinese are now targets of the religious extremists and the Baloch separatists, writes Aparna Rawal for South Asia Monitor

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The Chinese shadow on Australia-India ties

A change in government next May will bring subtle changes in approach - but these changes will not fundamentally impact the Australia-India relationship, writes Andrew Hunter for South Asia Monitor.    

Turbulence in Sri Lanka: Are leaders playing the proxy India-China game?

Sri Lankan politics has been polarized by one faction led by Rajapaksa seeking China’s support and another now perceived to be represented by the Wickremesinghe cluster, wanting to maintain traditional relations with India, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor.

New alliance in Sri Lanka: Will it be a different Rajpaksa this time?

India might have an advantage with the Sirisena-Rajapaksa government to implement stronger foreign relations with the neighboring island country, write Srimal Fernando and Megha Gupta for South Asia Monitor.

Joint India-China training of Afghan diplomats: Who gains?

Running a joint India-China program to train Afghan diplomats may be good for projecting China as a benign power, but it is a far cry from initiating a joint economic project in Afghanistan, writes Lt Gen Prakash Katoch (Retd.) for South Asia Monitor

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Air pollution battle in India needs a sense of urgency

If India takes the top place in GDP growth globally, why we have such lower targets in meeting air quality over five years, particularly considering the fact that it is the 65 percent of India’s young population would be the main victims of the worsening air quality, writes Rajendra Shende for South Asia Monitor . 

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Bangladesh, ADB sign deal for rural road network

 The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Bangladeshi government have signed an agreement for $200 million in loans to improve the rural road network in Bangladesh.

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