• China’s Boao Forum for Asia and Economic Integration through CPEC0

    by Qura tul ain Hafiz     30/4/2018 These days the “Asian Competitiveness Annual Report 2018” has become the talk of the town, which says that BRI’s flagship project, i.e., CPEC) is now being extended towards Afghanistan. The same was highlighted during China’s Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) annual conference that was held on April 11,

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  • Babur Missile Test: Pakistan validating its Second-Strike Capability0

    By: Ahyousha Khan  30/4/2018 In March 2018, Pakistan test-fired its indigenous submarine-launched cruise missile named Babur-3. It was the second test of Babur-3 after the first missile test in January 2017. The missile was fired from a submersible platform off the Pakistani coast and successfully met all the test parameters. Pakistan’s sea-launched cruise missile has

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  • Why does India want more presence in Afghanistan?0

    The enemy of an enemy is your friend. In our field of study this can be termed as a strategic partner or an ally. That is the sort of relationship India is trying to build with Afghanistan. Our next door neighbor in the West is India’s dream ‘backdoor entrance’ into Pakistan. How ideal would it

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  • China’s Belt And Road Initiative: Ambition And Opportunity 0

    April 30, 2018, Vincent Lofaso For centuries, the Silk Road’s web of trading routes connected major civilizations in East Asia with the Middle East and the European continent. It facilitated not only commerce but also the exchange of communication and thereby determined the development of the ancient world. In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed

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  • Pak-US Relations and a Glimmer of Hope0

    President Trump began the year with a Twitter message accusing Pakistan of deceit and lies. Nevertheless, United States was one of the first allies Pakistan had since its inception but both the countries had somewhat fraught relations for more than 30 years. Starting from1980s, the US gave arms and funding to Pakistan which was then

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  • CBI and its Chandigarh Connection; It is time to act now not to transfer the case0

    Dr. Reyaz Ahmad Ganaie       30/4/2018 The recent gruesome rape-and-murder case of an 8-year-old girl in Kathua, after twelve years, reminds us of the high-profile sex scandal which shook the state of J&K. The scandal in which one Sabeena Hassan and her husband were allegedly involved surfaced in 2006 then reminds us of the

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  • RECENT BONHOMIE BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA MAY LAST; BUT NOT BETWEEN INDIA AND CHINA0

    N. S. Venkataraman     30/4/2018 The two meetings on Friday 27th April 2018; one between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the other meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping caught the world by surprise, leaving everyone wondering whether the bonhomie would last. A

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  • Astronomy: The outer frontier of MbS’ liberalization0

    By James M. Dorsey     30/4/2018 Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s investment of $1 billion and option to pump a further $480 million into Richard Branson’s ventures in space, confirmed during the prince’s recent visit to the United States, was more than just another headline-grabbing move. By focusing on space sciences, long a field

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  • Understanding Bharat-Pakistan Bilateral relations through Cinema0

    Abstract Films are just like textbooks, by reading dialogue, songs and different situation depicted in the film explored a lot during its definite period and left few impacts on viewer. In framing our perception films play very crucial role. In South-Asian territory Bharat and Pakistan are two permanent rivals neighboring nations from their emergence after

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  • The significance of Nuclear Information Sharing in South Asia0

    by Asma Khalid  29/4/2018 The regional competitive environment of South Asia has fueled the diplomatic tension and security anxieties between India and Pakistan. Both countries share a history of hostile relations which have been strained by some historical and political issues. Due to prioritization of security concerns of regional states, South Asia is undergoing a

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  • India and China: The Risks of a Reset0

      Asia’s Game of Thrones by Aparna Pande   27/4/2018 Modi’s visit to China this week could lead to an easing of their strained ties—but any reset will benefit Beijing far more than New Delhi. When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi travels to Wuhan, China on April 27, many will be waiting with bated breath to see whether

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  • Geopolitics magnify sustained political violence in Balochistan0

      By James M. Dorsey       27/4/2018 Twin attacks earlier this week on Pakistani security forces in the troubled province of Balochistan cast a light on a sustained and violent campaign against police and paramilitary units as well as Shiite and Christian minorities. The attacks by groups, some of which have had links to

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  • Bangladeshi minister forged British Home Office letter!0

    Syed Ulfat Ahmed     27/4/2018 A junior minister in the autocratic government of Sheikh Hasina in Bangladesh, Shahriar Alam Joy, state minister in the Foreign Affairs Ministry has come under criticism for forging a letter from the UK Home Office and posting it in his Facebook account. On seeing this letter, even any novice can

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  • INDIA, CHINA, AND TIBET – CHINA SHOULD NOT HAVE THE LAST LAUGH0

    by N. S. Venkataraman          26/4/2018 It is reported that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on 27th April at Wuhan, China. It is further said that the formalities and protocol would be set aside and it would be an informal meeting, and there would be no

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