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Commentary: China’s Growing Naval Footprint in Pakistan

China’s Jiwani Initiative Recently, media reports have raised the possibility of Jiwani being developed as a naval base in Pakistan by the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). Pakistan has six ports: Karachi, Muhammad Bin Qasim, Ormara, Gwadar,...

Commentary: Understanding the Recent Protests in Gilgit-Baltistan

A wave of strong protests swept across Gilgit-Baltistan recently, after the Gilgit-Baltistan Council, Islamabad, announced the imposition of direct taxes under the Income Tax (Adaption) Act, 2012. The protests were jointly led by Anjuman-e-Tajiran (...

Commentary: North Korea Takes Advantage of Flags of Convenience Regime

Amid high decibel ‘verbal exchanges’ between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over latter’s nuclear ambition, the United Nations Security Council announced on 22 December 2017 new economic sanctions against Democratic...

Drawing the line with China

Published in DNA on 16 December 2017. Click here to read...

Analysis of China’s 19th Party Congress

Already holding over fourteen formal positions -- more than any other Chinese communist Party (CCP) leader so far – CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping has, as anticipated, emerged considerably stronger from this Congress. By skilful use of the...

Commentary: The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China and the Status of Taiwan

On 18 October 2017 Xi Jinping delivered a speech at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. While speaking on the section of ‘Upholding One Country, Two Systems’ and ‘Moving towards National Reunification’, he mentioned about the...

What to expect from the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China?

At the forthcoming Chinese Communist Party Congress in Beijing on 18th October, 2017, President Xi is set to enter the hall of fame of Chinese leaders alongside Mao and Deng. This was indicated in a party communique issued on October 14, 2017 at the...

नियंत्रण रेखा विरोधाभास

डोकलम में भारत और चीन की फौजों के बीच ढाई महीने से भी अधिक समय तक तनावपूर्ण टकराव की स्थिति रही और 28 अगस्त, 2017 को उसका हल निकला। टकराव के दौरान चीन का सरकारी मीडिया तीखी और घमंड भरी बातें कहता रहा। साथ ही चीन ने तिब्बत में और पहली बार हिंद...

The Doklam Paradox

Indian and Chinese troops were engaged in a tense standoff for over two and a half months at Doklam till its resolution on 28th Aug 17. The standoff was particularly marked by shrill and condescending voices from Chinese State run media. In addition...

China’s First Overseas Military Base in Djibouti

Introduction In the recent years, as part of national defense policy, China has expanded its military ties across the African continent. On 11 July, 2017, two Chinese Navy warships left the port of Zhanjiang with military personnel on the journey...

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