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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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Myanmar: Winds of change stoke regional interest

The importance of Myanmar in India's foreign policy has been rising sharply. Public interest is at its peak, following the historic visit by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in end May. Deliberations on the subject in the academic and strategic community took place earlier in various parts of the country writes Rajiv Bhatia

Will U.S.-Pakistan relations survive current frostiness?

The United States and Pakistan have been allies since the 1950s, but there has always been some ambiguity over the values and interests that underpin their relationship. Taking a longer-term view, the relationship has proved the most effective means for the U.S. to realise its primary objective of defeating its arch rival, the former Soviet Union writes Ishtiaq Ahmed

Welcome measures to boost India's exports

The backdrop for Commerce and Industries Minister Anand Sharma’s release of the annual supplement to the Foreign Trade Policy 2009-14 on June 5 was one of general gloom, given the burgeoning fiscal deficit (5.9 percent of GDP for FY 12), unsustainable current account deficit (4 percent of GDP for FY 12), a falling rupee, the sharp decline in GDP growth writes P Chaganty

Shangri La Dialogue: 'Anodyne' Antony belied expectations

"Shangri La" is the remote Himalayan monastery in James Hilton's 1933 novel where the survivors of a plane crash receive, from the presiding Lama, a unique philosophy of moderation and pacifism. Even though the "Shangri La Dialogue" (SLD) has a less exotic provenance (it is named after the Singapore hotel which provides the venue) the aims of this annual conference, organized by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), are no less lofty writes Admiral (retd) Arun Prakash

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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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