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Rex Tillerson To Visit India Next Week To Deepen Ties

In a bold policy statement, US secretary of state Rex Tillerson reiterated the Donald Trump administration’s commitment to Washington’s special relationship with India, saying he was “determined to dramatically deepen” bilateral ties when he visits India next week.

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China Is Quietly Reshaping The World

China is quickly growing into the world’s most extensive commercial empire. By way of comparison, after World War II, the Marshall Plan provided the equivalent of $800 billion in reconstruction funds to Europe (if calculated as a percentage of today’s GDP). In the decades after the war the United States was also the world’s largest trading nation, and its largest bilateral lender to others.

Read Here – The Atlantic

US Intelligence Sees China’s Military Expanding Bases Globally

China’s first overseas military base in the small African country of Djibouti is “probably the first of many” the country intends to build around the world, which could bring its interests into conflict with the US, according to American intelligence officials.

Read Here – Livemint

The Twists And Turns Along China’s Belt And Road

China’s trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative could potentially transform relations with over 60 countries across Eurasia, Africa and beyond. But to bring the concept to fruition, Beijing must overcome mammoth logistical obstacles, navigate fragile political situations and placate growing regional apprehension surrounding its ambitions.

Read Here – International Crisis Group

What Did India’s Surgical Strike Against Pakistan Achieve?

The surgical strikes were the first time the political leadership owned trans-LoC operations and marked a huge shift in the sanctity of the LoC as a de-facto international boundary…This could play a significant role in future Indo-Pak negotiations over Kashmir, where India starts asserting its sovereign claim over the whole of J&K, instead of accepting LoC as a reasonable solution. That is still far in the future but having achieved its political aim, the official Indian establishment has been cautious in its claims about the surgical strikes because it realises the dangers of raising the public expectations about its response to any future Pakistani provocation.

Read Here – The Indian Express

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis’s India visit: 5 Key Issues To Watch Out For

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jame Mattis. Photo courtesy: U.S. Department of Defense

The Mattis visit to India comes almost exactly a month after President Trump unveiled a new South Asia and Afghan policy on 22 August, giving India a publicly key role in stabilizing Afghanistan while censuring Pakistan for perpetuating terror camps and sustaining terrorists on its soil—also in public. Coincidentally, Mattis is to travel to Afghanistan after India and Afghan chief executive Abdullah Abdullah is expected in New Delhi later this week.

Read Here – Mint

What Can India Do To Shore Up Kabul’s Military Capabilities

The question of a larger Indian role in securing Afghanistan is expected to figure prominently in the talks between the visiting US Defense Secretary James Mattis and the Indian leadership. That Washington and Delhi are talking about collaboration in Afghanistan marks an important shift in the international relations of South Asia.

Read Here – The Indian Express

China Quickens Work On Pakistan Utility In Area Claimed By India

Construction on the 720 megawatt Karot power station being built on Jhelum river began in December 2016 and looks set to finish nine months ahead of its December 2021 completion date, a first for a Pakistan hydro-project said Qin Guobin, chief executive officer of the state-owned China Three Gorges Corp. South Asia Investment Ltd. The company has put in place an aggressive strategy to cut the project’s financing costs.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Af-Pak, India And Beyond: The New Underpinnings Of Washington’s South Asia Policy

Often missed in the larger debate on America’s South Asia policy is how it is moving beyond the Af-Pak narrative and addressing other crucial issues besides terror. Numerous other initiatives include reaching out to Pakistan’s Mohajirs, big-ticket projects for Nepal’s development and the recent attempts to address issues of Maldives and Sri Lanka.

Read Here – The National Interest

Indian Posturing, Post-Doklam, Has A Tragi-Comic Feel

The real lesson, therefore, that India should learn from the Doklam standoff is that it shouldn’t draw wrong conclusions. The BRICS Summit in Xiamen is not to be mistaken as a “kiss-and-make-up” moment. Deep down, India has a choice to make and China is watching closely. Should the Modi government go further down the road of trespassing into China’s core interests in the South China Sea, raking up Tibet-related issues and identifying with the United States’ containment strategy against China?

Read Here – Asia Times

Also Read: Why India Did Not ‘Win’ The Standoff With China

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