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Sheikh Hasina's upcoming visit to India during April 7-10 is turning out to be perhaps her most important bilateral visit to a country that surrounds Bangladesh from three sides, making it the only neighbor in all but physical sense.
 
Many nations have seen themselves as the center of the world, but multilateralism is the only way forward.
 
If you weren't too glum to notice, Monday was International Day of Happiness. Unfortunately it wasn't going to cheer up anyone in Thailand, which ranked 32nd among the 155 countries covered.
 
After the wave of globalization following the end of World War II, a series of recent events suggest that the tide may well be turning. International trade as a proportion of global gross domestic product has stopped growing in the last decade.
 
As the largest trade partner of many countries and regions in Asia-Pacific, China is rather influential in the region and one cannot imagine any cooperative economic or trade arrangement without China.
 
The Indonesia-Korea Business Summit 2017 held in Jakarta recently should not only have provided Indonesia with a good opportunity to attract investments but also to learn about economic modernization from South Korea.
 
While India and Pakistan are often distracted by terrorism concerns, they must resolve ongoing border disputes from Kashmir to Sir Creek on the Arabian Sea.
 
The best description of the Thailand-Philippine friendship would be as twins separated at birth. Both countries are close allies of the U.S. and each has their ups and downs. They fought side by side as members of the U.N.-led international forces in the Korean War.
 
Finally President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has taken the right step by rejecting a proposal from lawmakers on the tobacco bill, after he was convinced that it would contravene laws, including the Health Law.
 
When Afghanistan inaugurated its delayed-by-decades Salma dam last year, press coverage about it in India and Pakistan was at odds with each other.
 
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