Southern Asia

Update on Issues Stemming from Border Disputes between India and PRC

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The 22nd Meeting of the Special Representatives for Settlement of the India-China Boundary Question was held on December 21, 2019 in New Delhi. Interests of the PRC were represented by Foreign Minister Wang Yi, while those of India by Ajit Doval, the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister…

INDRA-2019 Military Exercises and C-400: Russian-Indian Defense Cooperation Strengthens

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India has long been one of Russia’s most important partners in many areas, including the defense and military fields. The annual INDRA tri-services military exercise between Russian and Indian Armed Forces is a strong testament to this cooperation. The word INDRA itself is a portmanteau…

Real Agenda of Kuala Lumpur Islamic Summit Plans Derailed by Saudi Arabia

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There is more to the divide in the Muslim world than the schism between the Sunni and Shiite sects. This was recently proven by the apparent failure of an Islamic Summit, not due to good intentions but spoilers. 2019 ended with a Kuala Lumpur Summit organised by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Its stated purpose…

Second US-India 2+2 Dialogue Starts Amid Escalating Tensions in Both Countries

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On December 18, 2019, US Secretaries of State and Defense convened with their Indian counterparts at their second annual meeting, commonly referred to as ‘2+2 dialogue.’ The first 2+2 meeting between the countries took place on September 6, 2018, in Delhi. And it should be noted that the presence of such a political…

India’s 2019 Legislative Season

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India’s 2019 legislative season is nearly finished. And it has been fruitful on account of lawmakers’ fairly controversial activities. In fact, it is not the entire year but the second half we are referring to here. Various political forces within India itself and in other countries have described the resulting legislature in polar opposite ways…

Kartarpur Corridor Becomes Complicated

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The inauguration of the visa-free Kartarpur Corridor at one of the India-Pakistan border crossings only took place a month ago on November 9. We have not even had enough time for a cautious celebration, but there already seems to have been some truth in the sneaking suspicion that “something is still not quite right here…

India’s Supreme Court Ruling on Hill-Top Temple in Ayodhya

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On 9 November of this year, a momentous event occurred in India. And its long-term consequences may be as influential as those that stemmed from the de facto revocation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that had granted special status to the now former state of Jammu and Kashmir. We are referring here to the ruling by India’s Supreme Court…

On the Opening of the Kartarpur Corridor

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An event took place on November 9 this year in a place of great local significance on the Indo-Pakistani border, which could be viewed as the first glimmer of light (albeit still very weak), in what have otherwise been gloomy relations thus far between India and Pakistan. We must remember that both of these states have nuclear…

Results of Elections in Two Indian States

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On Sunday, 21 October of this year, Legislative Assembly elections were held in the two Indian states of Maharashtra and Haryana. State Legislative Assemblies are the 2nd most important lawmaking bodies in the country (after the Parliament). The recent elections played a significant role on the internal political…

Xi Jinping’s Visit to Nepal

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The most notable recent events influencing the political situation in South Asia were Xi Jinping’s visits to India and Nepal. The Chinese leader visited the countries in the first half of October, during his overseas tour. Previously, NEO has dis- cussed various aspects of the second informal meeting between Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which took place on October 12 in the Indian resort…

BC: Imran Khan and the Silk Road

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The election of Imran Khan represents a turnabout in policy in South Asia in ways few expect. Khan will close the door on America’s longtime policy toward the Caspian Basin, a policy of dominance, regime change and military colonization. That policy will die a needed and painful death First of all, where no Pakistani leader ever could before, Khan will…

Imran Khan Visits China and Xi Jinping India

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Viewed from the perspective of analyzing the situation in South Asia, two noteworthy events took place in the first half of October of this year. We are referring here to the visit of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan (from 7 to 9 October) to the PRC, and that of China’s leader Xi Jinping to India (from 11 to 12 October). Both of these events…


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