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Has India ‘lost’ Bangladesh to China?

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Has India ‘lost’ Bangladesh to China? This query has been ignited by Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent hugely successful state visit to Bangladesh. There, Xi sought to dramatically ramp up Beijing’s clout in a country virtually joined at the hip with India ever since its gory …

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The wages of crying wolf

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By Maila Baje So it eventually had to come to this. A decade after triumphing in their ‘people’s war’, Baburam Bhattarai is accusing Pushpa Kamal Dahal of betraying the nation in order to maintain his grip on power by signing a despicable agreement with India during his recent trip down …

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Reflections on China’s geopolitical/policy moves

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Though much attention is focused on India-Pakistan relations and SAARC, it will not be wasted effort to spare some time and thought to aspects of China’s recent geopolitical and policy moves. In one way or another, they will have a singular bearing on the strategic environment …

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Is another India-Pakistan war imminent?

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Is a fourth general war between India and Pakistan imminent? If one were to go solely by the bellicose statements of a phalanx of armchair warriors and would-be strategists in India such a deduction might seem irresistible. Such a grim conclusion might appear equally inescapable hearing …

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Prachanda’s India visit: disturbing strategic underpinnings

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: While Prime Minister Prachanda’s visit to India has led to breathless claims about its purported success in advancing Nepal-India ties to dizzy heights, its disturbing strategic underpinnings have either not been grasped, or, have been ignored. This column attempts to illuminate the significance of key strategic …

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DPRK’s nuclear defiance: strategic implications

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: North Korea, on September 9, once more thumbed its nose at the international community with its defiant, triumphalist announcement that it had successfully tested a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on a missile. Its state media claimed that the test, which came after a series …

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Is China now the world’s ‘second super power’?

By M.R. Josse KATHMANDU: Is China now the world’s second super power, after the United States? While intellects of far superior geopolitical acumen or acuity than mine will no doubt provide authoritative answers to that tantalizing query soon enough, I have for sometime now been struck that, almost without anyone …

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Sino-Indian rivalry: Alive and Well!

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Despite reports of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China for a G-20 summit later this month and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s scheduled travel plans to India for a BRICS conclave in October, the bilateral relationship is hardly as smooth as silk. That is evident …

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Is India’s next target Balochistan?

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Addressing the nation on 15 August from Red Fort, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused Pakistan of glorifying terrorism and threatened to aid and assist in the liberation not only of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, including Gilgit and Baltistan, but also her province of Balochistan. Gautam Mukherjee in …

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‘Game of Thrones’ begins; results awaited

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: A ‘Game of Thrones’ of sorts has been inaugurated with the installation of the Prachanda-led coalition, born amidst the debris of the K.P. Sharma Oli-headed administration – indelibly associated in the public mind with a robust defence of the national interest and far-reaching strategic innovations vis-à-vis …

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