Revisiting Attabad October 2011
This summer has seen a cooling of US-Pakistan relations due to both the imminent withdrawal of allied forces from Afghanistan and the Taliban backlash witnessed across the region. In response, Beijing has assured Islamabad of its support for stability and development in the country. An interesting element of this reaffirmation involves the dilemma of the Attabad Lake, the area of the Hunza River that has been dammed since a series of massive landslides in Gilgit-Baltistan in January 2010 blocked the river and large sections of the highway went under water (see Himal June 2010, ‘An inevitable disaster’). In July, Pakistan’s ambassador to China, Masood Khan, stated at a bilateral business forum in Kashgar that ‘we have a grand vision for creating multiple, trade-transport-energy corridors between Pakistan and China so that this region can be connected to South, West and Central Asia. But first things first: We must drain the lake and realign the road.’
|A boon for ferries: The south side of the Attabad Lake|
Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
China, Southasia and India
On May 19 2013, newly appointed Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in New Delhi for a series of meetings with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The visit is Keqiang's first outside of China since assuming power in March.
From our archive:
Purna Basnet discusses Chinese engagement in Nepal vis-a-vis security issues in Tibet and broader geo-strategic plans in Southasia (April 2011).
Fatima Chowdury relates the story of Calcutta's Indian Chinese community through the lens of political and economic upheavals in Southasia and China (May 2009).
Simon Long notes the importance of the Sino-Indian relationship for the rest of Southasia (September 2006).
J.N Dixit ruminates on the strategic concerns of the 'Middle Kingdom' in the wake of India's 1998 nuclear tests (June 1998).