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  • Fistfighting in the Himalayas: India and China Go Another Round0

    The Indo-Chinese borderlands are rumbling again. By Jeff Smith May 15, 2020    China and India were at it again this month. According to Indian news reports, border patrols from both countries have been involved in a series of incidents along their disputed boundary in recent weeks, including a pair of confrontations in early May that devolved

  • Has the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Stalled?0

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    • October 10, 2019

    In a break from earlier feverish optimism, discussions about the CPEC have become more muted in Pakistan. By Muhammad Akbar Notezai for The Diplomat October 07, 2019 Since the announcement of the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, Pakistani officials have been over-excited about its potential success. Day and night, the mainstream Pakistani media has

  • Why the Pakistani Establishment Is Rooting for the BJP0

    The strange logic behind Pakistan’s leaders wanting a Hindu nationalist party to keep control of India. By Kunwar Khuldune ShahidApril 12, 2019        With the first phase of the Indian general elections underway, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has received a vote of confidence from an unlikely source: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan. Talking to

  • India, Russia To Sign $3 Billion Nuclear Sub Deal This Week0

    India and Russia are set to sign a $3 billion lease agreement for a nuclear-powered attack sub on March 7, according to local media reports. By Franz-Stefan GadyMarch 05, 2019        India and Russia are expected to conclude an intergovernmental agreement for a 10-year lease of a Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) this week. The deal, estimated to

  • The Trouble With Bangladesh’s Military1

    Bangladesh’s military is more concerned with profit and power than defending the country. By Ryan Smith March 10, 2018        The armed forces account for 6 percent of Bangladesh’s annual budget, totaling $3.2 billion in the year 2017-2018, according to official statistics. Yet Bangladesh’s military has proved to be incapable of showing strength in the


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