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Doklam a year on: Bhutan more worried about India than China

BY AJAI SHUKLA Last week, an Indian parliamentary panel fluttered the dovecotes in Thimphu – Bhutan’s idyllic capital – by recommending New Delhi encourage Bhutan to deploy more soldiers in the disputed Doklam area, where a year ago several hundred Indian and Chinese soldiers stood eyeball-to-eyeball, raising real fears of …

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Fair understanding of Belt and Road initiative

By Fabio Massimo Parenti Is the Belt and Road initiative (BRI) a strategic tool of Beijing or a geopolitical lever to confront the West? Is BRI comparable to the old Marshall Plan, the US-led project at the beginning of the Cold War to confront the Soviet Union? Many in the …

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BY C. RAJA MOHAN Indian organizers, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) expressed “grave concern and dismay” at the incident, MEA stated in a press release. It is not often that China’s envoys to Delhi find time to visit Punjab. That is what Luo Zhaohui did last week. Besides wearing a …

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A century of fall and rise: China’s railway miracle

BY KOU JIE 1876, Shanghai. A hurtling locomotive pushed its way through paddy fields, ignoring the apprehension and disapproval of locals. Forcibly built by the British, the Woosung Railway, China’s first commercial railroad, served as an accomplice to plunder China’s wealth, which dissipated as clouds of steam faded into the …

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A new world order will likely arise only from calamity

BY ALI WYNE President Trump’s remarks in recent weeks — contending that fellow NATO members “owe [the United States] a tremendous amount of money,” labeling the European Union a trade “foe” and calling Russian President Vladimir Putin “a good competitor,” for example — have heightened the anxiety of observers who …

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The cycles of violence in Kashmir and UN

BY RESHAM SHARMA HISTORY has witnessed many freedom movements world over. The struggles sooner or later succeeded with varying price tag ranging from few hundred to some thousands lives. Unfortunately, there is a freedom movement which is on for the more than seven decades and is still anticipating its triumph. …

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CPEC: the new economic corridor

BY IRFAN CHAUDHARY THE China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the game-changing package of Chinese capital and engineering worth $54 billion in investment and lending, has raised apprehensions in neighbouring India. But the ultimate aim is to bring together China, India and Pakistan as a part of a Eurasian market formed …

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Africa boasts great potential for China-India cooperation

BY YU NING With both President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying visits to Africa, speculation about competition for influence in the resource-rich continent is being fueled again. President Xi arrived in Africa Saturday on a four-nation tour that takes in Senegal, Rwanda, South Africa and the …

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Belt and Road expected to improve governance in Pakistan

BY LIU LULU Pakistan’s general election is less than a week away, and all relevant parties are straining every nerve to promote their political ideas, among which Islamabad’s relationship with Beijing is top on the agenda. The prospects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship of China’s Belt and …

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