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NEW DELHI. The April 13 Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) strike by the United States on ISIS ter­ror­ists in Afghanistan has trig­gered sug­ges­tions that a sec­ond round of Cold War is set to be­gin. Par­tic­u­larly as the new US Pres­i­dent, Don­ald Trump, seems to be brash, abra­sive and ca­pa­ble of tak­ing ac­tion with­out think­ing of con­se­quences.

In fact, the Sec­ond Cold War, or the Cold War II, has been in the mak­ing due to the in­creas­ing rise of Is­lamic ter­ror­ism from Pak­istan and Afghanistan to the Mid­dle East draw­ing in­evitable mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tions by the ma­jor pow­ers, Rus­sia’s anger at the US-led bomb­ings in Syria where it wants Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad to stay, and China’s at­tempts to an­nex most of the South China Sea and also the ac­qui­si­tion of Pak­istan’s Ara­bian Sea port of Gwadar for 40 or more years as a strate­gic naval base with its op­er­a­tional Com­mand and Con­trol ly­ing with Bei­jing.

The de­vel­op­ments have been there, and Mr Trump’s hard-line state­ments have only made them come to the fore.

Both Rus­sia and China have stepped up mil­i­tary move­ments on land, air and sea, par­tic­u­larly around US al­lies like Ja­pan. The of­fi­cial Rus­sian news agency Sput­nik is steadily is­su­ing hard-hit­ting state­ments against the US, par­tic­u­larly against Mr Trump, and has let it be known that Rus­sian strate­gic bombers like Tu-95 are flying near the US and west­ern coun­tries, and battle ships are out in the Pa­cific near Ja­pan and South Korea.

North Korea, China’s sec­ond mil­i­tary ally af­ter Pak­istan, has warned again to de­stroy the US with long range nu­clear mis­siles, and the US has vowed to pe­nalise if it con­ducts another nu­clear or mis­sile test. As it

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