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The Belt and Road Initiative: Is it Viable?
Recently, the US diplomat Alice Wells speaking at the Wilson Center at Washington D.C., criticised the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and questioned the economic feasibility of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).1 She reiterated that the US-Pakistan Business Development Partnership was different from CPEC and argued that the lack of transparency in the CPEC projects could lead to the corruption that could eventually enhance the debt crisis in Pakistan.
‘Second Consultative Meeting’ of Central Asian Leaders in Tashkent: A Significant Feature of Regional Integration in Central Asia
Background Uzbek President Shawkat Mirziyoyev’s efforts of re-channeling the regional cooperation among the Central Asian states seems to be fructifying lately. Since assuming power in December 2016, he garnered greater ambitions of getting all the Central Asian leaders on a single platform to discuss the issues of bilateral and regional importance, such as restoration of Aral Sea, water sharing, and border disputes.
West Asia Round-up - November 2019
Efforts are underway to de-escalate tensions between Iran on the one side and the US and Saudi Arabia on the other. Oman’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi had met Secretary Pompeo in Washington and second time carried the message to his Iranian counterpart Jawad Zarif as Iran decided to cross the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Nuclear Deal prescribed thresholds on enrichment.
2019 जापान-दक्षिण कोरिया तनाव: ‘भविष्य’ पर क्यों हावी हुआ ‘अतीत’?
पिछले साल से ही दक्षिण कोरिया और जापान के बीच बढ़ते तनाव के कारण पूर्वी एशिया में चिंता व्याप्त है। हालांकि राजशाही जापान की ऐतिहासिक विरासत और युद्ध की स्मृतियां क्षेत्रीय राजनीति में बार-बार उभरकर आती हैं, लेकिन क्षेत्र की आर्थिक या सुरक्षा में वे कभी आड़े नहीं आई हैं। दूसरा विश्वयुद्ध खत्म होने के बाद से यह क्षेत्र काफी आगे बढ़ चुका है और वास्तव में औपचारिक आर्थिक एकीकरण के बगैर ही दुनिया का सबसे बड़ा आर्थिक केंद्र बन गया है। पूर्वी एशिया से गुजरने वाले बहुराष्ट्रीय उत्पादन नेटवर्कों को सरकार से ज्यादा बढ़ावा निजी क्षेत्र से मिला है। साथ ही देशों ने क्षेत्र में अमेरिकी सेना की उपस्थिति के कारण स
Afghanistan: Reopening of peace talks
President Trump, during his surprise visit to Afghanistan on 28 November, has once again shifted the contour of US foreign policy towards the Taliban by declaring that the US has renewed the peace talks with the armed group. What is unique in this reengagement is President Trump’s emphasis on the US’s demand for the ceasefire from the Taliban in order to move ahead with the peace agreement.1 This is a clear shift from the previous American foreign policy where the demand for a nationwide ceasefire was put in cold storage in order to achieve a peace agreement at the earliest.
The Malnutrition Crisis
On a visit to India this November, Bill Gates, co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, expressed his desire to see India eliminate the malnutrition crisis. “If there was one wish I had for India, it would be to get rid of malnutrition because that reduces the potential of those kids so dramatically and their ability to provide and learn are reduced. It’s like 15 IQ points go away”, he remarked. His foundation is actively collaborating with Indian agencies on various health-related issues.
अमेरिका-चीन में कारोबारी जंग: चीन में विग्रह
चीनी कम्युनिस्ट पार्टी (सीसीपी) के नेताओं का मूड उदास-उदास सा है। जैसा कि कहा जाता है कि अमेरिका और चीन के बीच कारोबारी जंग छिड़ी हुई है, इसने अमेरिका और चीन के बीच रिश्तों को बुरी तरह से बदल दिया है। अब तो उस परस्पर सम्बन्ध पर एक दूसरे को लेकर संदेह पसर गया है, जिसे चीन दशकों पहले से बेहद खास रिश्ता कहते अघाता नहीं था।
VIF News Digest
Defense, National Security and Terrorism, VIF Alerts
November 4, 2019
VIF News Digest: National Security- Defence Studies & Terrorism, 16-31 October, 2019

Defence: Indo Maldives Joint Exercise EKUVERIN – 2019; Indo-French Joint Exercise Shakti-2019; Government committed to...

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International Development
December 5, 2019
VIF News Digest: International Developments (US, UK, Russia and Africa), 18 November- 3 December 2019

THE UNITED STATES White House will not participate in Judiciary Committee hearing: CNN, 2 December 2019 Neither President...

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Neighbourhood News
December 9, 2019
VIF Neighborhood News Digest: December 9, 2019

PAKISTAN Provinces forego uplift plans, return Rs202bn to Centre: Dawn December 9, 2019 The four provinces jointly provided...

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