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In Bhutan, China and India Collide – Mohan Balaji

Asia Times looks at how tensions between India and China are playing out in the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan: There is a fear of China in Bhutan. There are unresolved border disputes going back centuries and the issue was only addressed in Beijing in 1984. Bhutan has traditional trade relations with Tibet, but Bhutan closed […]

China Silently Nuclearizing South Asia – M.D. Nalapat

From UPI Asia Online: In 1999 this columnist put forward the theory of a “proxy nuclear state,” a country that has had nuclear capability grafted onto it by an outside power. Thus far, China has developed two such states — North Korea (to harry Japan) and Pakistan (to contain India). A third, Bangladesh, is well […]

China Aims for Bigger Share of South Asia’s Water Lifeline – Brahma Chellaney

From YaleGlobal: Asia has less fresh water per capita than any other continent except Antarctica. As the population booms and a growing middle class seeks modern conveniences like washing machines and dishwashers, water becomes a prized commodity and the source of conflict. The latest concern about Asia’s water supplies stems from Chinese plans to build […]

SAARC leaders pledge to fight terror, up trade -UNI

From Newindpress.com: DHAKA: In a strong endorsement of India’s stand, the SAARC countries pledged to declare war on poverty and terrorism, admitted Afghanistan as the eighth member of the group and signed three key accords on customs cooperation, avoidance of double taxation and setting up an arbitration council to strengthen economic linkages. “It is my […]

China: Signs of ultra-leftist support to Maoists of India and Nepal – D. S. Rajan

From The South Asia Analysis Group: Ultra-leftist elements in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), claiming absolute loyalty to the late leader Mao Zedong and firmly against the regime’s reformist course both at home and abroad, may have become an insignificant factor in the country’s politics now, but what is intriguing is that the present […]

China, India and the Future of South Asia – Tarique Niazi

From The Japan Focus: China’s growing presence in South Asia is riding on its accelerated economic and strategic influence in the region. This article gauges the interplay between economic, particularly resource factors, and strategic factors in China’s advance in the region and its relations with South Asian nations. One measure of China’s economic outreach is […]

David Shambaugh: Beijing charms its neighbors

From The International Herald Tribune, via Glimpse of the World: In a recent poll of Australians conducted by the Lowy Institute in Sydney, 69 percent of those surveyed had “positive feelings” towards China, while only 58 percent had such sentiment for Australia’s staunch ally, the United States.

Tarique Niazi: China’s March on South Asia

From the Jamestown Foundation’s China Brief, via Asia Media: In keeping with its economic expansion, China has deepened its strategic influence in the region, especially with India’s immediate neighbors – Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Beijing has long kept a close strategic partnership with Islamabad, but its overtures to the remaining countries were hobbled […]

People’s Daily: China, Pakistan Sign Treaty For Friendship, Cooperation and Good-Neighborly Relations

From The People’s Daily: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his Pakistani counterpart Shaukat Aziz signed a treaty for friendship, cooperation and good-neighborly relations Tuesday. The treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Good-Neighborly Relations between the People’s Republic of China and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (hereinafter referred to as “the Contracting Parties”) says the two parties […]

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