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Fifty years after India shut its consulate in Lhasa in the wake of hostilities with China, South Block is showing renewed interest in returning to Tibet. It won't be easy. As foreign office sources pointed out, apart from Nepal, China does not allow any other country to have diplomatic representation in Lhasa.
But is India really interested? Officially, nobody will ever say otherwise. But academics and others who have closely tracked India's China policy, say a consulate in Lhasa is seen as "problematic" for Delhi. There could be issues over the grant of Indian visas, China's conflict with the Tibetans could draw India in and affect the whole relationship. Then there was the presence of the Dalai Lama in India.
India also remained cool to Chinese offers of a free trade region meshing Tibet and northern India....Read more...
Ever heard of Puntland? What about Abdirahman Mohamed Mohamud? Well he's the president of this "state of Somalia", as the MEA describes it. It's the more stable part of the African Horn and he's in India seeking support for strong measures against piracy and training for his marine police.
Mohamud's presence in India was largely ignored by the press but naval sources were hopeful the government would push "his excellency" hard on the issue of piracy from his soil. Although Mohamud has been vocal against pirates, sources said two merchant ships hijacked in April and May are anchored in the port of Baladeer, which is in Puntland. When asked Mohamud denied it, nor was he illuminating on how the port of Eyl (also in Puntland) is a pirate hub.
Coincidentally, Mohamud's visit marked the first ever air...Read more...