Islamabad’s leadership has long taken a subservient position when it comes to presenting its case to Washington. The only instance where Pakistan acted in defiance of US commands was the nuclear tests of 1998.
Reports have said that Pakistan deployed a 15,000-strong military force to protect Chinese nationals working on various projects linked to the CPEC.
Given the breadth and depth of the Indo-Russian relationship, the divergence in their strategy for the South Asia region is worrying.
The China-Pakistan plan to build five dams in a row on the Indus will stop the flow of silt to rejuvenate farms downstream and will reduce water flow too.
Since the 1960s, the risk of conflict has increased every time both India and Pakistan were at the same level of geopolitical buoyancy.
Indian strategic thinkers have been quick to conclude that China’s goal is to cut India off from the rest of Asia. But this is a frog-in-the-well kind of perspective.
China’s policies have aided its own economic development and also benefitted the Southeast Asian nations it trades with. India should learn from that.
Geography necessitates that India play a role in the Belt and Road Initiative, but it is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor that’s keeping it away.
Among last week’s prank stories, one in Pakistan is a perfect illustration of the fears and complexity of its relations with its neighbours.
Massive new coal plants planned for Pakistan will further harm the environment in a country already suffering the effects of climate change. Solar energy is a clear alternative.
Speaking at a national maritime conference yesterday, Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua underscored the importance of maritime security.
In a joint statement, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin said Pakistan’s proposal amounts to changing Kashmir’s disputed nature.
Analysts have viewed the OBOR more as a strategic dominance ploy than an economic cooperation agenda, but that doesn’t mean Indian industry has nothing to gain.
In his inauguration speech at the second Raisina Dialogue, the prime minister took a stand on China’s grand connectivity project and urged Pakistan to shun terrorism if it wants good relations with India.
The CPEC may be a bilateral endeavour, but New Delhi cannot ignore its spillover effects on regional governance and regime creation in South Asia.
China will help build a 4,000 MW power transmission line in Pakistan in a project valued at $1.5 billion, the latest in a series of investments.
Abdul Wahid Baloch’s teenage daughter waits on the roof of their house every night for her father to return.
Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson named eight Indian diplomats who he alleged had been found to be involved in coordinating terrorist and subversive activities in Pakistan.
Rather than focusing on Pakistan and issues with China, India would have done well to look towards matters of strategic importance, such as OBOR and the Eurasian Economic Union.
As CPEC takes off, it is important to desensationalise the topic and promote a clearer understanding of the agreement.
Fed up with the decades-old rift on bloody sectarian lines, Shias and Sunni are taking steps towards sectarian harmony.
The goal of Mushahid Hussain Syed and Shezra Mansab Khan Ali seems to have been to shame and scare the US and India through sarcasm, untruths and half-truths served with a large helping of self-promotion.
Although China continues to offer material support and a calibrated measure of diplomatic protection to Pakistan, it is also pressing its “all-weather friend” to mitigate tensions with India.
Pakistan is attempting to weaken the case for Baloch self-determination by getting the Iranians on board the CPEC.
Chinese-backed coal excavation and power plants will displace thousands of people and deplete groundwater in a region ravaged by drought.
China’s idea of bilateral relations seems to be to aggressively push their national interests while dismissing India’s concerns as unimportant.
New Delhi is concerned about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, part of the new ‘Silk Road’, but it need not despair as India is an important part of the existing multi-polar Asia architecture.
The electricity generating projects are likely to saddle the Pakistani government with a massive fiscal burden but the real cost of CPEC is likely to be felt in the changing civil-military balance.
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has had a big impact on the region, but locals continue to face poverty and insecurity.
The Pakistani army will probably always be suspicious of Nawaz Sharif when he talks to his Indian counterpart.
Iran has for the first time publicly said that it is gathering “information” about Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested by Pakistani security agencies on charges of being an Indian spy.