For the first time, India did not explicitly disassociate from the resolution extending the mandate of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar.
ICAN has shaken the NPT system but India remains uncomfortable about arms control treaties that bypass the Conference on Disarmament.
The Wire went through India’s statements made at international meetings on refugees to check other references to non-refoulement over the last two decades.
This is the first time India has mentioned the cause of the refugee crisis, though it has still not named the Rohingya.
Rohingya refugees having been crossing over to Bangladesh in large numbers, but Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not bring up this issue on his recent trip to Myanmar.
In a repeat of the Amritsar ‘Heart of Asia’ declaration, the BRICS statement at Xiamen names the Lashkar, Jaish, TTP and other terrorist groups.
While Bhutan’s statement notably acknowledges India as a part of the dispute, it does not, unlike earlier, mention that China’s road construction was “inside Bhutanese territory.”
China publicly remained silent on pull-out of Chinese troops in Doklam, but explicitly stated that all Indian troops have withdrawn and that it will continue to “exercise its sovereign rights”.
Mohamed Nasheed spoke to The Wire about India’s quiet signals to the Maldives, why he doesn’t want to push Yameen out “forcefully” and the “new direction” of the opposition campaign.
This is his first Indian sojourn since he left the Indian ocean island nation in January 2016.
Indian officials have expressed their satisfaction at US President Donald Trump calling Pakistan a “safe haven” for “agents of chaos”.
In conversation with Amar Nath Ram, former Indian ambassador to Bhutan, about the background of the Doklam crisis, the China factor and New Delhi’s ties with Thimpu.
With the ICJ to adjudicate on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case over the next few years, having an Indian judge on the bench is a national priority.
The former internees settled in Canada and the US will hold a peaceful demonstration before the Indian high commission in Ottawa on August 24.
Senior Chinese diplomat also said that though Indian troops levels at the stand-off point are down to 40, “even if there is one single soldier in Doklam, that is a violation of Chinese territory and that is intolerable.”
In terms of geo-political strategy, Sri Lanka’s economic dependency on China and the precedent it has set, Indian experts are apprehensive of the growing Sri Lanka-China relationship.
Tiananmen protest leader Wu’er Kaixi said negligence from China and the world led to Liu Xiaobo’s death.
India’s former NSA, who has been involved in negotiations during earlier border incidents, says the difference this time is that the Chinese want India to withdraw even before any dialogue can take place.
Amid the ongoing stand-off in Doklam, the image of the head of the Tibetan ‘government in exile’ paying respects to the Tibetan flag on Indian territory could be seen as ‘political activity’, something Delhi has discouraged in the past.
The Wire spoke to experts about whether a major border incident between the two countries was expected and how India should deal with the situation since it involves ally Bhutan.
India has said that it is “deeply concerned at recent Chinese actions”, particularly its decision to construct a road in Doklam tri-junction in Bhutan.
The incident is significant since the India-China boundary in Sikkim is not disputed and both sides have taken pride in not allowing border incidents to affect other aspects of the bilateral relationship.
India backed Mauritius’ resolution referring British control of the Archipelago to the ICJ but says it supports the US military presence in Diego Garcia.
In conversation with the Gabonese foreign minister Pacome Moubelet-Boubeya about Gabon’s economy, its ties with India, Africa and more.
The government apparently considered several names, which included sitting judges like Chief Justice J.S. Kehar and Justice Dipak Mishra, before deciding on Justice Bhandari.
India has now moved away from its hands-off approach towards projects marred by ‘legacy’ problems, corruption and unfinished projects.
Neeru Chadha topped the Asia-Pacific group in the vote for the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, which took place in New York on June 14.
In addition to boosting trade and investment ties between Central Asia and South Asia, it could serve as a future platform for India-Pakistan dialogue.
At the SCO summit, the two leaders bonded over Dangal and agreed to give a positive spin to discussions relating to trade, connectivity investment and global security.
With none of the issues which have kept them apart for two years resolved, and the Jadhav case now casting its shadow, the outlook for progress is not good.
Modi and Pakistan President Nawaz Sharif will face each other for the first time since 2015, though no talks are planned between the two.
The external affairs minister claimed that “if there is one region with whom India has uniformly excellent relations, it is the Gulf”.
Dariush Shayegan, one of Iran’s prominent philosophers, talks about the direction the Islamic republic has taken, the failure of the Islamic revolution and the rise of Hindutva in India.
The fact that three vacancies – at the ICJ, ITLOS and the Continental Shelf Commission – have arisen at the same time makes the diplomatic task more complex
The pot shots US secretary of state Rex Tillerson and the Iranian leaders have taken at each other in the aftermath of the election suggest no improvement in ties can be expected.
Hassan Rouhani got 58.5% percent of the votes, while conservative candidate Ebrahim Raisi came in with a distant 39%.
Given the long queues and high voter turnout across Iran, the cut-off time for casting votes had to be extended multiple times.
A high voter turnout in urban areas, where 70% of the population resides, is being seen as key to Hassan Rouhani’s re-election. But in rural areas, where voting turnout is typically high, Ebrahim Raisi’s platform of economic misery and more cash-handouts could find a resonance.
Ahead of the presidential election, Iranian journalists put forth some tough questions to the country’s most powerful body, including about it not being in favour of female candidates.
Two recent rallies in Tehran highlighted just how different the two candidates’ supporters and their concerns for the country are.