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On the right track
President Dmitry Medvedev’s recent visit to India has given fresh lustre to a relationship that had begun to lose its sheen. Indian political and economic circles, as well as the media, have been too obsessed with our developing ties with the US. The ties with Moscow received much less attention, even though Indian policy-makers and the public view Russia as a genuinely friendly country with which we have a stable relationship, good political understanding and a broad similarity of views on a range of international issues.
Shaky Hand at Mars External Drive
India’s core foreign policy challenges in 2011 will be no different than in 2010, but we enter the New Year with a somewhat strengthened diplomatic hand. Coincidentally, leaders of all P-5 countries visited India in 2010 in quick succession and all, barring China, gave us political support in varying degrees on Pakistan related terrorism issues, UNSC permanent membership and our inclusion in various non-proliferation regimes, in recognition of our growing international stature on the back of our economic performance.
India Right in Standing Up to China's Bullying
China has been strikingly inept in its international diplomacy over the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Chinese dissident Lui Xiaobo. China’s global stature today is formidable. Its economic growth in the last three decades has been spectacular: millions have been moved out of poverty, the country has a world class infrastructure, foreign investment continues to pour in, its exports flood the global market, it is itself investing heavily in natural resources in various continents and rapidly spreading its political influence there on the back of its huge financial capacity.
Little for India on Chinese Platter
Chinese PM Wen Jiabao’s visit has hardly done much to allay India’s fears about its hostile, powerful neighbour
2010: India's undeclared year of Africa
An objective evaluation of changing contours of our engagement with Africa, especially in light of significant developments in 2010, might interest Africa watchers and others. Conceptual richness and consistency appear to characterise recent interactions, although their impact may still take a while to be felt tangibly. Backdrop
A Game Theory For Pakistani Politics
With the exit from the government of the Maulana Fazlur Rehman led faction of the Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUIF), the perpetually buffeted – by an overbearing military, an hyper active and interventionist judiciary, a hostile media and fickle and demanding allies – PPP-led coalition government in Pakistan is facing yet another bout of instability. The wily Maulana has walked out of the coalition at a time when it was contending with multiple crises.
A Perspective on Premier Wen’s Visit: No Material Change in Sino-Indian Equation
Behind the usual bonhomie exhibited after the issue of joint communiqué by India and China post Prime Minister Wen Jia Bao's visit basic issue that needs to be addressed is what are the major take aways? Were the concerns of the two countries addressed adequately particularly if the objective of the visit as spelt out by the Indian spokesman was to maintain continuity in the relationship and prevent any accident in mutual relations to derail them?
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Neighbourhood News
December 9, 2019
VIF Neighborhood News Digest: December 9, 2019

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