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No country gains in US’ reckless trade war

BY ROBERT A. MANNING “When the elephants fight,” goes the old African proverb, “it is the grass that gets trampled.” That is one way to look at the intensifying trade war between the world’s two largest trade powers, the US and China: a lose-lose proposition not only for both nations, …

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India playing wily game with US, Russia and China

BY LIU ZONGYI The twice-postponed two plus two ministerial dialogue between the US and India took place on September 6 in New Delhi, during which US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis held talks with their Indian counterparts – External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defense …

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Assam: Preventive diplomacy needed to protect Bengali-speaking Muslims

BY RENE WADLOW POTENTIALLY, the people of Assam, northeast India, are sitting atop of a smoldering volcano that threatens to erupt into catastrophic suffering. The violence would target ethnic and religious minorities, most particularly Bengali-speaking Muslims, somewhat on the pattern of the fate of the Rohingya of Myanmar (Burma). The …

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BJP strategising for 2019 elections

BY M KHAAN INDIAN Elections for Lok Sabha are generally contested on the basis of enmity with Pakistan. In Indian elections, the political party which propagate maximum against Pakistan, Pakistani institutions, Pakistani Armed Forces and above all the Pakistan’s agency stand victorious. In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP under Modi …

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Western officials ignored Myanmar’s warning signs of genocide

BY JUSTIN LYNCH ONE year ago, on August 30, 2017, Myanmar’s military began a bone-crushing massacre against its Muslim Rohingya minority in the village of Tula Toli. Survivors told me they saw dismembered bodies floating in the river. Rape was widespread. An 11-year-old boy described watching soldiers burn his grandmother …

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The Other India

By Govind Bhattacharjee Last year, the Prime Minister envisioned a new and vibrant India by 2022, to bring about what he described as “dramatic improvement in overall socio-economic development of backward districts”. Niti Aayog dutifully came up with a list of 115 most backward districts, including 35 affected by left-wing …

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India playing wily game with US, Russia and China

By Liu Zongyi The twice-postponed two plus two ministerial dialogue between the US and India took place on September 6 in New Delhi, during which US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis held talks with their Indian counterparts – External Affairs Minister SushmaSwaraj and Defense Minister …

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BRI envisions great win-win global connectivity

In the fall of 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping first proposed the formation of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, today known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) while visiting Kazakhstan and Indonesia. This year marks BRI’s fifth anniversary. As reported by Western …

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India’s controversial Afghanistan dams

BY SUDHA RAMACHANDRAN INDIA is expected to begin work on the $236 million Shahtoot Dam project on the Kabul River in Afghanistan in the coming weeks. Scheduled to be completed in three years, the dam has evoked concern in the lower riparian country, Pakistan. In addition to reducing water flow …

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