India, China must cooperate to bring stability to Afghanistan

Beijing should not allow the Pakistani 'deep state' to dictate its links with India, especially in the context of cooperation in Afghanistan, writes  Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor

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Clinton visit to Bangladesh and India : three critical triangles

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  is currently on a  short-notice visit to  South Asia  that brings her to Bangladesh and India  after her visit to China  (May 3 – 4) where the status of the dissident lawyer Chen Guangcheng  became the more visible aspect of the US-China dialogue, writes C  Uday  Bhaskar.

Can Myanmar afford to wait another three years for deliverance?

The National League for Democracy’s (NLD) success in the by-elections of April 1 will tend to be seen in the same way as the contest in Myanmar has always been viewed these past two decades writes Dr. Khin Zaw Win

A year after: Osama's ideology remains alive in Af-Pak region

2 May 2012 marks one year since the dramatic US SEALS-led Abbotabad operation which led to the neutralization of Osama bin Laden (OBL),  and there is an unstated anxiety in the run-up to this anniversary, that there could be an attempt by the al-Qaeda and its affiliates to attack American assets writes C Uday Bhaskar

Syria looks east, but can India help?

Will Asia soften the crippling impact of tightening Western sanctions slapped on Syria? A troubled Syria is frantically searching for a way out of an economic crisis triggered by the U.S., EU and Canada writes Rashmi Saksena

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Sikkim shines; receives FAO award for becoming world's first organic state

Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling received the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) prestigious Future Policy Gold Award from its Deputy Director Maria Helena Semedo, who commended the Himalayan state for setting an example to the world by becoming the first totally organic state.


China backs Pakistan's request for IMF assistance

China has endorsed Pakistan’s request to the IMF for a bailout package, but cautioned that it should not affect economic cooperation between Islamabad and Beijing.