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WASHINGTON DC, US

 

The US president, Joe Biden, and the first lady, Dr Jill Biden, are reflected in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden made an unannounced visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Monday, offering their tributes to fallen soldiers in honor of National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

 

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Unresolved questions in US-India relations


US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s recent visit to New Delhi was a chance for the United States and India to discuss the nature and depth of their strategic partnership – particularly against the backdrop of tensions with an aggressive China. Austin’s trip to India did leave unanswered several big questions about the closeness of US-India ties. 

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PM Modi's visit to Bangladesh violated poll code: TMC to EC


The TMC has written to the Election Commission alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to Bangladesh violated the model code of conduct in place for the West Bengal Assembly polls and some of his programmes there "intended to influence the voting pattern" in certain constituencies of the state. The letter dated March 28 was released by the Trinamool Congress on Tuesday.

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The Quad does not serve India’s security interests


India has been the much sought-after partner for this emerging Quad coalition. Votaries of the US-led coalition have been highlighting the “threat” from China over the past few years and have built defense ties with India that have included massive purchases of US defense equipment, bilateral agreements that have boosted interoperability between the two forces and regular military exercises to coordinate strategy and tactics. This is perhaps what motivated China to give India a rude geography lesson — a reminder that its principal security challenges lie not in the Indo-Pacific but on the unresolved land border.

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Uzbekistan aims to deepen links between Central and South Asia


Uzbekistan’s pivot toward South Asia is deepening as Tashkent is working to diversify its options for accessing the sea beyond the Iranian ports to which it is now limited. Only a month after Tashkent signed the Mazar-i-Sharif-Kabul-Peshawar Road Map in February with Pakistan and Afghanistan to build a railroad to connect to Pakistan’s seaports, Uzbek officials are actively working with Central Asian and South Asian neighbors to organize a high-level conference centered on transportation infrastructure between the regions. So important is the conference for Uzbekistan that in the span of two days, on February 16-18, Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov traveled to four Central Asian countries to personally deliver invitations to the conference on regional connectivity now scheduled for July 15-16 in Tashkent.

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The Taliban think they have already won, peace deal or not


The Taliban’s swagger is unmistakable. From the recent bellicose speech of their deputy leader, boasting of “conquests,” to sneering references to the “foreign masters” of the “illegitimate” Kabul government, to the Taliban’s own website tally of “puppets” killed — Afghan soldiers — they are promoting a bold message: We have already won the war. And that belief, grounded in military and political reality, is shaping Afghanistan’s volatile present. On the eve of talks in Turkey next month over the country’s future, it is the elephant in the room: the half-acknowledged truth that the Taliban have the upper hand and are thus showing little outward interest in compromise, or of going along with the dominant American idea, power-sharing.

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WORLD NEWS 

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The China-Iran pact is a game changer


The historic China-Iran agreement signed on March 27 in Tehran during the visit of China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has been under negotiation since the 2016 visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Tehran. Numerous visits by Iranian Foreign Minister Javed Zarif to China in the recent years testified to the high importance Tehran attached to the negotiations culminating in the formal signing ceremony in Tehran Saturday, which also marked the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between these two “civilisation states” of the 21st century that enjoyed vast historical continuity and cultural unity across a large geographic region through millennia. 

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