Apart from the irrational rhetoric and flag-waving self-righteousness that marked the February exchanges between both countries, what stands out from the media discourse on both sides is the denial of truth on the side of Pakistan and the shortsightedness in India to see beyond the manufactured triumphalism of its cross-border air strikes, writes Tarun Basu for South Asia Monitor
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
In terms of India’s security, Sikkim remains a trend-setter and a model; India can’t afford to have insecure and ‘unhappy’ borders, when the northern neighbour is always ready to change the status quo, writes Claude Arpi for South Asia Monitor
Uncertainty piles on the South Asia region where China wants to run a ring around India with its Belt-and-Road programme. Although its military controls the levers of power, Pakistan has a new civilian government that appears to be waiting for a change in Indian government to plot its next diplomatic move, writes Arul Louis for South Asia Monitor.
A more confident New Delhi, therefore, is less diffident about standing up for itself vis-à-vis Beijing. With better leverage and an improved political relationship, India’s position, for example, may be aligned to Beijing on the Karmapa Lama, but New Delhi remains strongly opposed to Xi’s dream Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury for South Asia Monitor.
Defying global stance against terror, China again vetoes sanctions on JeM chief
Defying global opposition to terrorism, China has vetoed sanctions against Masood Azhar, the chief of the terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), extending cover to him and Pakistan that protects him.
China's protection of terrorist Masood Azhar ensures peace for its CPEC
China has a clear strategic vision and its intent and policy are in complete sync with its global interests. It is clear that China is using its diplomatic lever to act against India's interests, as Pakistan has requested, in pursuance of their joint strategic objectives, writes Brig Anil Gupta (retd.) for South Asia Monitor