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Nepal: PM Oli’s India Visit: Pressing the Reset Button on Indo-Nepal Relations: Update No. 364:

Note No. 800   Dated 13-April-2018
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.
 
PM Oli’s visit to India appears to have been a great success and a rapproachment in relations between the two countries has come not a day earlier.  The Press on both sides have positively reported on the outcome of the three-day visit of Prime Minister Oli.
 

Afghanistan’s Comparative Perceptions of Pakistan and India

Paper No. 6363                                   Dated 09-Apr-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Afghanistan was posed with mighty challenges on the Partition of the Indian Subcontinent in 1947 wherein Pakistan despite its Islamic commonality with Afghanistan became interposed as a “Hostile Neighbour” between Afghanistan and India which for centuries had civilizational and friendly ties.

Myanmar: Army continues its Offensive against Kachins- a setback to Peace efforts?

Paper No. 6360                                    Dated 27-Mar-2018

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

In our paper 6350 dated 19 Feb 2018 we have mentioned that fighting between the Myanmar Army (Tatmadaw) and the Kachins had intensified and that the offensive instead of bringing around the KIA to signing the agreement would only result in throwing them in the lap of the Chinese through the newly formed FNPCC (Federal Political Negotiation and Consultation Committee) led by the Chinese supported UWSA (United Wa State Army).

China’s Vital Geopolitical Stakes in Indian General Elections 2019

Paper No. 6358                                Dated 26-Mar-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

China has vital geopolitical stakes in impeding the return to power of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party in Indian General Elections 2019 as a strong Indian Government wedded to realism in foreign policy conduct endangers China’s blueprint in South Asia.

Nepal: Use of “China Card”- Nepal Gets rewarded: Update No. 363

Note No. 799     Dated 23-Mar-2018
By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan.
 
In an earlier update (no. 360 dated 23rd feb.) we had referred to PM Oli’s statement on Indo-Nepal Relations.  We had said that what was more troubling was the open, brazen and arrogant declaration of Oli that he would be able to get more leverage from India by getting closer to China.  Though we criticised the statement, it looks that Oli was perhaps right in his assessment on relations with India.
 

Nepal: Oli wins an unprecedented trust vote - Update No. 362

Note No. 798                                       Dated 16-Mar-2018

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

Indian Foreign Policy Establishment’s China Policy Conundrum

Paper No. 6356                                    Dated 14-Mar-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

India and its foreign policy establishment’s most confusing conundrum once again is to clearly define whether in the larger and long-range perspective China is India’s ‘Friend or Foe’? India’s lack of discerning this distinction makes it ecstatically jump at every crumb of feigned friendship that China spasmodically keeps throwing at India

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