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.
Feigning outrage at the killing of Pakistan-backed Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, Pakistan’s civilian-led government decried his killing by Indian security forces as “deplorable and condemnable”.
Every time that leaders of developing countries gather at the summits of the Non-Aligned Movement, there are many who question the relevance of the forum. But there is only one thing worse than questioning the utility of the NAM — that is simply ignoring it
India’s strategic culture has been one of defensive diffidence despite the emphatic military victory of 1971, and the regional geo-political orientation has been exploited to the hilt by Pakistan. Consequently, the prevailing politico-diplomatic context wherein Rawalpindi, the GHQ of the Pakistan military, receives varying degrees of support from the major powers, constrains Indian options.
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s India visit will reverberate in Nepal’s political discourse for a while. India has been suspicious that Nepal’s rulers always play the “China card” against India: Dahal’s predecessor, K.P. Oli, played it to the hilt. Dahal, who has travelled to Delhi in less than a month of his succeeding Oli as the prime minister, risks giving credence to the Indian perception with his claims to promote “balanced” relations with Nepal’s two neighbours.
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,