South Asia and Beyond

No Need For Separate Quad Bureaucracy: Australian Envoy

NEW DELHI: The Quad grouping does not need to have a separate bureaucratic set-up, says Barry O’Farrell, Australia’s High Commissioner to India. The existing resources in governments of each of the four countries are good enough to deliver as was evident in the way the first meeting of the Quad leaders was quickly and smoothly […]Read More

Quad, Ties With China Can Go Together: Aussie Envoy To India

NEW DELHI: China’s economic coercion has not deterred Australia from being a member of the Quad; the same holds true for India that also has issues with China, says Barry O’Farrell, Australia’s High Commissioner to India. Speaking to StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale on ‘The Gist’, the Australian envoy clarified that the Quad arrangement […]Read More

The Ukraine Tinderbox

NEW DELHI: Moscow does not want war with Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday. Regarding the replies received from the United States and NATO in response to Russian demands, Lavrov said the U.S. proposals were better than the ones received from NATO. He added that President Vladimir Putin would decide how to […]Read More

China-Funded Projects: Reality Check For Bangladesh, Nepal

NEW DELHI: From the shores of Africa to the far corners of Asia, one refrain has become strikingly apparent: China-funded development projects, while badly needed, are too expensive and often overpriced. The list of African countries cancelling China-funded projects is getting longer. Sierra Leone on Africa’s west coast was the first in 2018, cancelling a […]Read More