Laos dances to survive between China and Vietnam

While often portrayed as a pliant client to its larger neighbors, Vientiane's balancing act is more astute than widely recognized By John McBeth   With its sparse 6.7 million population, land-locked Laos is often cast as a passive victim of pell-mell Chinese expansionism, a rich source of raw materials its giant neighbor craves and a … Continue reading Laos dances to survive between China and Vietnam

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Tehran, New Delhi agree to sign $2b railway deals

TEHRAN- Iran and India agreed to sign railway deals worth $2 billion, Iranian Transport Minister Abbas Akhoundi announced   In an interview with IRNA in New Delhi, the minister who visited India in a three-day trip from January 10 to 12, said in his meetings with the Indian officials three important issues have been discussed … Continue reading Tehran, New Delhi agree to sign $2b railway deals

Australia’s hard choice between China and US

Canberra has always deftly balanced between Beijing and Washington but it may soon need to choose one over the other By Lachlan Colquhoun   Australia has always believed that it doesn’t have to choose between its economic relationship with China and its defense alliance with the United States. But 2018 is already shaping up to … Continue reading Australia’s hard choice between China and US

Demonizing China will not deter its rise – or improve America’s

By Ken Moak America’s apparent policy failures and declining global influence could trigger more intense criticism against China, blaming it for everything under he sun. The first sign of this is US President Donald Trump accusing China of breaching United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions against North Korea with the flimsiest of evidence. Second, the … Continue reading Demonizing China will not deter its rise – or improve America’s

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