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US faces blowback over sanctions

On September 20, the US State Department imposed sanctions on China’s Equipment Development Department of the Central Military Commission because of Beijing’s purchase of 10 Russian SU-35 combat aircraft in 2017 and S-400 surface-to-air missile system. A senior US State Department official, speaking to the media on condition of anonymity, …

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The politics of BIMSTEC

BY MAHMUDUR RAHMAN When one glances at the map that brings together the Bimstec (Bay of Bengal Initiatives for Multi-sectoral, Technical and Economic Co-operation) countries, it is easy to see the logic behind it, not just economically, but politically. In essence, it’s an alternate form of the South Asian Association …

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No country gains in US’ reckless trade war

BY ROBERT A. MANNING “When the elephants fight,” goes the old African proverb, “it is the grass that gets trampled.” That is one way to look at the intensifying trade war between the world’s two largest trade powers, the US and China: a lose-lose proposition not only for both nations, …

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India playing wily game with US, Russia and China

BY LIU ZONGYI The twice-postponed two plus two ministerial dialogue between the US and India took place on September 6 in New Delhi, during which US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis held talks with their Indian counterparts – External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defense …

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Assam: Preventive diplomacy needed to protect Bengali-speaking Muslims

BY RENE WADLOW POTENTIALLY, the people of Assam, northeast India, are sitting atop of a smoldering volcano that threatens to erupt into catastrophic suffering. The violence would target ethnic and religious minorities, most particularly Bengali-speaking Muslims, somewhat on the pattern of the fate of the Rohingya of Myanmar (Burma). The …

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BJP strategising for 2019 elections

BY M KHAAN INDIAN Elections for Lok Sabha are generally contested on the basis of enmity with Pakistan. In Indian elections, the political party which propagate maximum against Pakistan, Pakistani institutions, Pakistani Armed Forces and above all the Pakistan’s agency stand victorious. In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP under Modi …

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Western officials ignored Myanmar’s warning signs of genocide

BY JUSTIN LYNCH ONE year ago, on August 30, 2017, Myanmar’s military began a bone-crushing massacre against its Muslim Rohingya minority in the village of Tula Toli. Survivors told me they saw dismembered bodies floating in the river. Rape was widespread. An 11-year-old boy described watching soldiers burn his grandmother …

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The Other India

By Govind Bhattacharjee Last year, the Prime Minister envisioned a new and vibrant India by 2022, to bring about what he described as “dramatic improvement in overall socio-economic development of backward districts”. Niti Aayog dutifully came up with a list of 115 most backward districts, including 35 affected by left-wing …

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India playing wily game with US, Russia and China

By Liu Zongyi The twice-postponed two plus two ministerial dialogue between the US and India took place on September 6 in New Delhi, during which US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis held talks with their Indian counterparts – External Affairs Minister SushmaSwaraj and Defense Minister …

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