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Afghanistan’s hope for peace rests on how India, Pakistan and China deal with each other

A regional uniformity is possible only if Pakistan, India and China can insulate their support for Afghan peace process from regional rivalries.
File photo | Narendra Modi with China president Xi Jinping in New Delhi | Graham Crouch | Bloomberg

Modi govt deserves credit for Beijing’s U-turn on Azhar but it won’t affect China-Pak bond

As much as China is concerned about Pakistan-based terrorism, it has bigger concerns about the $62 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Two phrases critics of China’s BRI must not use – debt trap & threat to sovereignty

The debt trap argument overlooks a range of short to medium-term economic problems that BRI creates for host countries.
Satellite images show a few interchanges observed in the lower heights of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, connecting important towns and roads with the CPEC | Col. Vinayak Bhat (retd) / ThePrint

China-Pakistan corridor slows down as Beijing stops funding it over corruption allegations

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a crucial part of the Belt and Road Initiative, but differences have emerged over its usefulness and funding.
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China downplays India’s reported plan to boycott 2nd Belt & Road Forum

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said that the BRI initiative does not involve territorial and maritime disputes unlike what India has understood of it.
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China to discuss India-Pakistan issue with Islamabad during foreign ministers-level talks

Foreign ministry's spokesperson Geng Shuang said China as a neighbour wants to see tensions ease between India and Pakistan.
File photo of Xi Jinping | Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

By blocking Masood listing, China is playing a risky ‘good terrorist’ vs ‘bad terrorist’ game

Beijing’s calculus appears to be driven by its bet on its ‘all-weather ally’ and friends in Pakistan military who can keep Uighur separatists in check.
India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the16th meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, India and China (RIC) | Twitter/@airnewsalerts

China has long played its India-Pak ‘balancing act’, but stakes are high this time around

With CPEC and BRI, China not only has greater stakes in Pakistan but also seems less concerned about diplomatic isolation than it was after 26/11.
File image of PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping

China cautions restraint amid escalating tensions between India & Pakistan over Pulwama

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said that a stable bilateral relationship between the two countries is essential for peace and stability in South Asia.
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Bangladesh’s lesson for India-obsessed Pakistan: Transform war economy into a peace economy

Bangladesh’s priorities are economic growth and human development whereas the bulk of Pakistan’s national energies remain focused on check-mating India

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File photo of Smriti Irani | Facebook

Smriti Irani’s makeover: From being most disliked Modi minister to dynasty slayer in Amethi

After causing the biggest upset in 2019 elections, Smriti Irani has ensured she can no longer be ignored by PM Modi and Amit Shah.
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Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

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On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.