The Diplomat | The Week in Asia
Chen Guancheng’s quest to leave China, China bears, a Pakistani missile test and the country’s improving ties with India feature in this week’s news roundup.
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The International Crisis Group takes a close look at improving relations between India and Pakistan. Stronger economic links have bolstered moderate voices in both countries, allowing the governments to move past previously intractable issues such as Kashmir to broaden engagement in other areas. The report makes a number of recommendations for both governments on continuing to pursue this, but cautions that there are many impediments to peaceful engagement, including the possibility of another Pakistan originating terrorist attack in India.
“Within India, with suspicions of Pakistani intentions still high, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has limited political support for talks that do not prioritise the terrorist threat. Another Mumbai-style attack by a Pakistan-based jihadi group would make such a dialogue untenable. It could also provoke a military confrontation between the two nuclear-armed neighbours,” the authors say.