Harsh V Pant
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Musings from afar

The writer is Professor of International Relations at King's College London. His most recent book is India's Afghan Muddle (HarperCollins).

POLITICS

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Why Hong Kong matters to China

At a time when China is facing global indignation over its mismanagement of initial stages of coronavirus, tightening screws on Hong Kong gives Xi Jinping a nationalistic boost.

VARIETY

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New Delhi and the Kabul conundrum

India will have to accept that despite its history with the Taliban and continuing concerns, it will need a proactive engagement policy for durable peace.

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How Indian diplomacy plays a global role in the coronavirus era

PM Modi has been convinced that though the domestic Covid-19 situation would be a priority, India will have to make a case for global engagement and coordination.

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How Beijing’s bluff has been called

For all the socio-economic toll on humanity that the Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked, it has exposed the Chinese Communist Party in ways that wasn’t happening before.

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Why US authority stands undermined

The expectations are so low from Washington that even America's closest allies are not coordinating their responses with it.

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How PM Modi is an effective leader in times of coronavirus pandemic

These are tough times of global crisis when leadership has been in short supply. For India, Modi has so far been successful in providing the right mix of authority and reassurance.

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Why India must get Myanmar right

Besides India’s neighbourhood policy, fructification of the wider Indo-Pacific policy of India also depends on its relations with Myanmar.

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Why China's rise is attested by the West

Western nations continue to use Huawei as it does not have a coherent strategy to manage Beijing even after acknowledging the problems its rise has engendered.

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How India will pay a heavy cost for the inaction in Afghanistan

If Afghanistan becomes a haven for extremists and Pakistan-backed proxies become the ultimate arbiters there, India would have the most to lose.

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Taiwan's self-governance proving to be a thorn in China's flesh

It is a sign of China's growing economic heft around the globe that only 15 countries now recognise the self-governing territory of Taiwan as a sovereign nation.