Archive for the ‘India’ Category

India Starts Trade Route To Afghanistan Via Iran

Via the Iran Project, an update on the first shipment through Iran’s Chahbahar Port:  India on Sunday shipped its first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan by sea through Iran’s strategic Chahbahar Port, launching a trade route bypassing longtime rival Pakistan. The shipment, an Indian gift for Afghanistan, was sent from the western seaport of Kandla. It will be […]

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TAPI Pipeline

Via Mantraya, commentary on the potential of the TAPI pipeline: The narrow security dominated approach has not yielded results in the last sixteen years of the ‘war on terrorism’ in Afghanistan. And yet there is much emphasis on kinetic operations and troop surge in the new strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia announced by Donald […]

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Afghanistan As South Asia

Via Pakistan’s The Nation, commentary on Afghanistan’s role in South Asia: It is becoming clear that Afghanistan is increasingly an integral part of South Asia. It may not feature in the “official” categorisation of South Asian states (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka), but it impacts the two most important states of […]

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Chabahar, India’s Strategic Gateway, On Fast Track vs. OBOR

Via Business Standard, a look at Chabahar port: Chabahar port, located in the Sistan-Baluchistan province on the south-eastern coast of Iran, is of a major strategic importance to India as it would give it sea-land access into Afghanistan and through Iran’s eastern borders, to Central Asia. From the Chabahar port, there is a 883-km road route to Afghanistan’s border town […]

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Dueling Ports Underline China-India BRI Rivalry

Via Asia Times, an article on how New Delhi’s fast track development of Iran’s Chabahar port is viewed as a security threat in Pakistan and open challenge to Beijing’s BRI designs: India’s eagerness to develop Iran’s southern Chabahar port project has irked certain military circles in Pakistan which view the facility as a potential security threat […]

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China and India: Torn Between Silk Roads and Loaded Guns

Via Asia Times, commentary on the current stand-off at Doklam, or Donglang, which may ultimately be little more than a sideshow in the bigger picture as South Asia’s tectonic plates shift in a direction that makes New Delhi’s resistance to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) look increasingly futile: So, once again it’s down to a […]

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