Afghanistan ready to play connector role in Eurasian integration

The inauguration of TAPI – the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline – signals Kabul is on-board with the grand project of Eurasian integration By Pepe Escobar One of the top roller-coaster sagas in what, some years ago, I christened Pipelineistan, has yielded a definitive twist. The US$8 billion,1,814-kilometer Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline (TAPI) was officially inaugurated on Friday, in full pomp, and … Continue reading Afghanistan ready to play connector role in Eurasian integration

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Modi resets India’s foreign-policy priorities

At Davos and an ASEAN-India summit, the prime minister put New Delhi's economic diplomacy back in the front seat By M.K. Bhadrakumar   India’s economic diplomacy bounced back to center stage this week after a prolonged absence of more than three years, when it made a robust appearance at the World Economic Forum (WEF) meet … Continue reading Modi resets India’s foreign-policy priorities

Global Shortage of Key Resource Could Doom Key Asian Infrastructure Projects

In the city of Kampot in southern Cambodia, the extraction of sand from an estuary on the Praek Tuek Chhu river is increasing and sand extraction is so common in Asia currently that the continent may deplete all of its sand in the not-too-distant future.   A 2016 investigation revealed that Singapore imported some $752 … Continue reading Global Shortage of Key Resource Could Doom Key Asian Infrastructure Projects

China mediates between Pakistan and Afghanistan

By Sabena Siddiqui   Seeking to bridge the divide between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the second China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ trilateral dialogue took place recently. Promoting regional integration, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi proposed, “China and Pakistan are willing to look at with Afghanistan, on the basis of win-win, mutually beneficial principles, using an appropriate means to … Continue reading China mediates between Pakistan and Afghanistan

Beijing complicates Washington’s Afghan strategy

A trilateral dialogue has 'reaffirmed a commitment' to extend the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to Afghanistan By MK Bhadrakumar   After a meeting in Beijing on Tuesday of the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Dialogue, a newly created trilateral format, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a major announcement that Beijing and Islamabad will look at extending the US$57 billion … Continue reading Beijing complicates Washington’s Afghan strategy