• New Maldives regime will tread cautiously in foreign affairs0

    • Blog
    • November 24, 2018

    By Editor on November 24, 2018No Comment By P.K.Balachandran/DailyFT The newly-elected Ibrahim Mohamed Solih Government in the Maldives is likely to follow a balanced foreign policy rather than one which is slanted towards one foreign power or the other. Given the defeat of the manifestly pro-China Abdulla Yameen in the 23 September presidential election, foreign media reports blithely

  • Water crisis puts trade war into perspective for China0

    • Blog
    • November 23, 2018

    Two major reports illustrate the problems facing the world’s second-largest economy By Asia Times staff November 23, 2018 Crescent Moon Lake in the Gobi Desert in Gansu province. Water is more scarce in northern China as rivers and glaciers dry up because of climate change and dams and pollution affect waterways. Photo: iStock China’s trade

  • Baloch separatists claim attack on Chinese Consulate in Karachi0

    • Blog
    • November 23, 2018

    Five killed in raid by group that considers China an ‘oppressor’ of their people, because of the huge economic corridor to Gwadar port and its harsh treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid November 23, 2018  Pakistani security guards stand next to burnt-out cars in front of the Chinese consulate after an attack


  • United States: Peace Broker or War Monger?0

        by Shabbir Kazmi     16 September 2018 On Friday, 14th September 2018 I was among the audience who were invited by Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi to a talk led by Dr. Moeed Yusuf, Associate Vice President, Asia Centre, United States Ins­t­itute of Peace. The other two worthy speakers were former Defence

  • China struggles with Belt and Road pushback0

        By James M. Dorsey      15 September 2018 China, in an implicit recognition that at least some of its Belt and Road-related projects risk trapping target countries in debt or fail to meet their needs, has conceded that adjustments may be necessary. “It’s normal and understandable that development focus can change at

  • Wobbling China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) hides more than it reveals0

    Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra  15 September 2018 Through the mega ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ (BRI), Beijing has moved massive capital in the shape of loans to many countries for infrastructural and interconnectivity projects with the apparent objective of reviving Silk Road and Maritime Silk Road cutting across Asian, European and African continents and CPEC is

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  • End of Year Editorial; Evolving Political Dynamics in South Asia

    By M. Adil Khan, Guest Editor 2018 has been an eventful year for South Asia especially at the political level. During 2018 several countries in the region have had their elections and these elections have altered their political pictures. In others preparations for elections are underway and yet in others sub-national elections and their outcomes

  • 2018 Bangladesh General Election: A Time for Stock-taking and Pondering the Stakes

      By Adil Khan and Habib Zafarullah*    4 December 2018 The 2018 Bangladesh General Election scheduled on December 30, 2018 marks the end of two consecutive terms of the ruling Awami League (AL), first ever by any political party since 1991, the year a combined opposition movement against a decade long dictatorship resurrected and re-introduced

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