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  • Kashmir, a year on from the change0

    Roshni Kapur Revoking special status hasn’t resolved militancy or improvedthe local economy – both supposed goals of the move. Gantamula area of District Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir, India (Nasir Kachroo/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Published 24 Aug 2020 It has been a little over a year since the Indian government under Narendra Modi curtailed the semi-autonomous

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  • The delusion of India trying to throttle China’s maritime trade0

    Lowy Institute Sudarshan Y. Shrikhande Rowdy debates about going for China’s “jugular” in theMalacca Strait should not obscure the practical difficulties. Sajjad Hussain/AFP via Getty Images Published 25 Aug 2020 The current phase of the Sino-Indian border conflict which began in May this year may go on for quite some time. India seems to be

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  • Decolonise Diego Garcia: Why America should not fear Mauritius0

    Lowy Institute  15 July 2020 Peter Harris Only a deal with Port Louis can put the future of the USbase beyond question and preserve a crucial staging post. The Pentagon’s long-term access to Diego Garcia should be based upon consent rather than colonialism The United States military base on Diego Garcia has a problem: it

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  • Twisting India’s Chicken’s Neck0

    Lowy Institute   15 July 2020 Syed Fazl-e-Haider The Siliguri Corridor in north-eastern India poses a major defence challenge. Lachung, in India’s Sikkim state, near the border of Tibet Indian officials claim that China is continuing its build-up along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the de facto border between India and China in the Galwan

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  • Finding compromise in the Chagos Islands saga0

    David Snoxell      1 July 2020      Lowy Institute The US base on Diego Garcia needn’t be an obstacle to anegotiated settlement of a longstanding sovereignty dispute. A 90-year-old woman who was exiled from the Peros Banhos Atoll of the Chagos Archipelago stands by the sea in March 2015 in Port Louis, Mauritius

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  • China’s pipeline dream in Pakistan0

    Rahul Jaybhay      1 July 2020  Lowy Institute The plan to transport oil across the Himalayas is a logisticalnightmare. Post-Covid economics will make it even harder. The Khunjerab Pass at the border of China and Pakistan on the Karakoram Highway (Getty Images) Published 30 Jun 2020 The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is one

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  • Australians look to India more – and don’t always like what they see0

    Aarti Betigeri 24 June 2020 Doubts about Indian democracy and its politics suggestthe Morrison government has some persuading to do. Creative facemasks in a time of coronavirus from a studio in Chennai (Arun Sankar/AFP via Getty Images) A lack of trust from the Australian population towards India is probably the last thing the Morrison government wants

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  • Central Asian nations want to kick-start the BRI – and China is happy0

    Raffaello Pantucci 10 June 2020 Covid-19 has spurred rumours and local tensions, but economicfortunes of the region are increasingly bound to Beijing. The fire service sprays disinfectant in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan last month during the Covid-19 lockdown (Turar Kazangapov/Asian Development Bank/Flickr) Published on Lowy newsletter on 5 Jun 2020   Follow @raffpantucci For China, the Covid-19

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  • Developing resistance: Emergent nations and Covid-190

    20 May 2020 Lowy Institute Covid-19: The need toaid Asia to open up HAIDER A. KHAN PETER MCCAWLEYJakarta, Indonesia (Asian Development Bank/Flickr)Published 20 May 2020 Two things about the public health and economic impacts of Covid-19 are now clear. First, with just a few exceptions, most affected countries have suffered egregiously, and in many cases unnecessarily.

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  • Under cover of Covid- 19, conflict in Myanmar goes unchecked0

    James Barklamb 13 May 2020 Repression and violence against ethnic minorities carrieson, even in the face of international investigations. A volunteer spreads lime on a road as a preventive measure against Covid-19, Yangon, 22 April (Ye Aung Thu/AFP via Getty) 8 May 2020 09:00   For Myanmar, the onset of Covid-19 has sparked a renewed

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  • With US Afghan exit, Russia eyes Central Asian security0

    Azima Akhmatova 7 May 2020 An unstable Afghanistan threatens all kinds of trouble forits neighbours. For Russia, it may be a golden opportunity. Shah-i-Zinda necropolis in Samarkand, Uzbekistan (Getty Images) Three months have passed since the United States and the Taliban signed an “Agreement for bringing peace to Afghanistan”. For the Americans, it aims to

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  • Pakistan: Gwadar Port: New Dubai or pie in the sky?1

    Adnan Aamir    7 May 2020 For all its ambition, Pakistan’s flagship BRI project has all the makings of a flop.  Gwadar Port in south-western Pakistan (Getty Images)   Follow @iAdnanAamir The small port town of Gwadar, in the south-west of Pakistan, is the centre stage of the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project,

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  • In Afghanistan, peace or fragmentation?0

    SRINJOY BOSE A potential US-Taliban deal and a shaky presidential re-election stir both hope for the future and fears of the past. 28 Feb 2020  Lowy Institute A sense of déjà vu prevails in Afghanistan – it’s 2014 again. Only this time, a possible lasting peace is at stake. Hot on the heels of a US-Taliban agreement

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  • Australia should speak out on India’s democratic crisis0

    RUCHIRA TALUKDAR PRIYA CHACKO The drive for good relations with New Delhi cannot be allowedto blind Canberra to the importance of protecting rights. Published 3 Mar 2020 Parts of India’s national capital have been rocked by the worst communal violence in decades, leaving more than 40 dead. The violence took place just as Australia’s Trade Minister Simon Birmingham

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