Running In Circles Around Overlapping Spheres

By Maila Baje — When the Indians locked Nepal in that economic stranglehold in 1989-1990 for having bought anti-aircraft guns from China, lost in the story was the fact that Beijing had tempted us with lucrative prices. When the Panchayat system collapsed as a result, the Chinese joined the chorus

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A Red (Chinese) Herring In A Recalcitrant Republic?

By Maila Baje — What specific threats, if any, did the Chinese make to precipitate Dahal’s U-turn? Did they remind Nepal of its responsibilities as the last tributary to the Middle Kingdom? Did they reiterate Sun Yat-sen’s lament over how China had lost Nepal to imperialism? Did they invoke the

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Delhi Pushing Kathmandu into Beijing’s Arms!

By Maila Baje — Back in the days when republicanism was a cause even its most ardent advocates considered a practical impossibility to achieve in their lifetimes, Maila Baje often pondered a scenario: What would happen if a post-monarchy government led by the Nepali Congress found itself embroiled in political

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China’s Sea Activity Puts Region On Edge

By Reuters NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is speeding up a navy modernization program and leaning on its neighbors to curb Chinese submarine activity in the Indian Ocean, as nations in the region become increasingly jittery over Beijing's growing undersea prowess. Just months after a stand-off along the disputed border

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China Scores: What the United States Should Do Next

By Matthew Goodman and Ely Ratner China is back. Nearly two centuries after it lost its traditional place at the center of Asian affairs, Beijing has begun giving shape and substance to its renewed leadership on the regional stage. This was on full display at the recently concluded meeting of

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Washington can’t make rules alone any more

By Ding Gang -- Even the most creative novelist wouldn't be able to devise a story about how a free trade zone could really work out or even survive in the Asia-Pacific region without China's participation. The just concluded APEC forum met with expected success, endorsing the necessity of building

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India in South China Sea?

By Harsh V Pant With the Vietnamese prime minister’s visit to Delhi earlier this week, the Narendra Modi government has underlined its intention to take the Hanoi-Delhi ties forward from the momentum it has gained in the last few years. The two sides agreed to enhance bilateral trade to $15

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Strategic competition in Afghanistan

By Christophe Jaffrelot NATO’s withdrawal from Afghanistan will not have the impact some observers were fearing. The new rulers of Kabul, President Abdul Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, have signed the agreement with the US that former President Hamid Karzai kept rejecting for months. According to this agreement,

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US-China: ‘New Type of Major Power Relations’

Heading into the APEC Summit, the U.S. and China may need to narrow their interpretation of the concept. By Dingding Chen The current state of Sino-U.S. relations worries many people, not only in both countries but throughout Asia. Renowned Chinese scholarWang Jisi recently warned that China is increasingly concerned about

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