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SAARC: China offers a way forward

2014-11-30 10:03:50       source:Sunday Times

November 30, 2014

"Pakistan set the Chinese cat among the South Asian canaries this week in the foothills of the Himalayas. Instead of cooperation, the 18th SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) summit that concluded on Thursday was a theatre for geopolitical games with India rising up as a bulwark to stop China's bid to expand its influence in South Asia via SAARC.

The Indira doctrine, named after India's Iron Lady, former Premier Indira Gandhi, is not dead. The doctrine with which India tried to subjugate its smaller neighbours in the 1970s was in full view of South Asia at the summit venue in the form of a Narendra Modi doctrine. In no uncertain terms did India drive home the point that South Asia was its domain and no outside power could stake a claim for the NumeroUno position."

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