Bangladesh-China relations have metamorphosed into a strategic partnership

Bangladesh is an important player among South Asian states for China’s political-military realism. Such strategic partnership with Dhaka provides Beijing with added leverage to check Indian forces, writes Mohammad Tarikul Islam for South Asia Monitor

More on Spotlight

India and Maldives: More to a commercial dispute

 Male’s December 1 decision to terminate the agreement with Indian infrastructure giant GMR and its refusal to accept a stay order granted to the company by the Singapore High Court is not merely a commercial deal turning sour writes Rashmi Saksena

Pakistan in India: Timely revival of cricketing ties

Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, the stalwart classical singer, once said that if only a classical raga was sung in every home in undivided India, partition would not have taken place. Musicians and singers are the quiet, yet enduring, links between the peoples of the two countries. Cricket takes the second place in providing the healing touch to the people traumatised by the partition riots and the wars that followed between the two countries writes A. Prasanna Kumar

Maldives, India and the growing Chinese footprint

Two developments over the last week draw attention to a potentially disturbing pattern in the maritime domain that can adversely impact Indian interests and, in both cases, the common element is the  growing  Chinese footprint . On November 27, the new Maldives government  led by  President Mohamed Waheed cancelled a US$500 million contract with a consortium led by the Indian firm GMR writes C Uday Bhaskar

The Syrian Conundrum

The twin car blasts that killed 34 and seriously injured 84 people today in a predominantly Druze and Christian sector of the Syrian capital Damascus, gives an expanding sectarian dimension to the 20-month old bloody conflict in the country, and cries out for more effective international intervention in the ongoing civil war writes Cmde (rtd) M. R. Khan

Tweets about SAMonitor
SAM Facebook

Sikkim's unique mountain architecture in need of protection

The Government of Sikkim realized something needs to be done and the newly-adopted Sikkim Tourism Policy is crystal clear about this. It states in Chapter 4: Application of appropriate designs for tourism infrastructure that considers the landscape, disaster risks, local architecture and materials needs to be addressed, writes Anne Fee


India and US head for potential faceoff over Venezuelan oil

The hardline United States National Security Adviser John Bolton issued a warning to India against buying Venezuelan oil saying it “will not be forgotten” and was countered by Venezu...