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US policies toward India and Asia need strategic coherence

President Donald J. Trump is on his first official trip to Asia, with stops in Japan, South Korea, China, and now Vietnam, for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) summit. In his address to the APEC CEO Summit, he outlined his stamp on Asia statecraft, which includes a vision of upholding a “free and open Indo-Pacific.” However, the United States cannot achieve that goal without strong Asian partnerships—including with India.

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A world of shifting alliances

These developments call for greater care and wisdom in the handling of our relations with India and the US than has been exhibited so far. While working for a tension-free relationship with India, we should recognise that friendship with India will remain an elusive goal in the foreseeable future. Consequently, SAARC must be downgraded as a vehicle for regional cooperation. Instead, ECO must be built up by us as an organisation for regional economic integration. We must also adopt a long-term approach to the Kashmir dispute keeping in view the national, regional, and global ground realities. We need to lower our expectations from the US while maintaining and, where possible, strengthening our friendly relations with it. Finally, we should develop bridges of understanding and cooperation with Russia while deepening our strategic links with Iran.

Resetting India-Nepal relationship post-oli

Never in the history of India-Nepal relations have ties soured and sweetened so quickly as this year, following the rise and fall of the pro-China KP Oli-led Cumminist Party of India (Unified Marxist-Leninist) coalition Government and the re-rise of the converted, no-longer-anti-India Maoist supremo Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ as Prime Minister a second time.   
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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.

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By all estimates, the Indian economy has entered a phase of recovery. After a period of subdued growth that was marred by a spate of disruptions, India has regained the fastest-growing major eco...

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