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India-Afghan Strategic Pact: More Than a Flash in the Pan

There is a revival of the US initiative of a "New Silk Road" that is aimed at gaining direct access to the multi-trillion dollar mineral resources of Afghanistan and central Asia. This is one of various trends that are fast converging on the central Asian chessboard, and the Afghan endgame has given an impetus to the contending powers - regional as well as extra-regional - to take an early lead or to secure advantageous positions. The new India-Afghanistan strategic pact must be seen in this context and it is likely to be followed soon by another between the US and Afghanistan.

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