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America’s democracy has become illiberal


By Fareed Zakaria Two decades ago, I wrote an essay in Foreign Affairs that described an unusual and worrying trend: the rise of illiberal democracy. Around the world, dictators were being deposed and elections were proliferating. But in many of the places where ballots were being counted, the rule of …

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Rajnath blames Pakistan for nothing

By Kuldip Nayar Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that Pakistan is again trying to divide India on the basis of religion. He conveniently forgets history. Pakistan was a consequence, not the cause. The society was divided and both Hindus and Muslims had reached a point of no return. Consequently, …

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India: Major Human Rights violator in South Asia

By Hanif ALTHOUGH India claims itself to be the largest democracy in the world, but its track record on human rights violations of minorities, especially Sikhs and the people of Jammu and Kashmir is highly disappointing. India has failed all efforts of the United Nations Security Council UNSC) to implement …

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New Delhi overreaches to meddle in China’s core interests

By Wen Dao New Delhi has long held the Dalai Lama issue as leverage that it can use against China. Indian President Pranab Mukherjee met with the Tibetan separatist in exile in India this month, probably as moral support to Mongolia, which mired itself in diplomatic trouble after receiving the …

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India’s unsafe nuclear programme

By Jaml A new and comprehensive assessment of the Indian nuclear weapon-making capacity has been given in a book titled ‘Indian unsafeguarded nuclear programme’, published by the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad (ISSI). The authors say the study contains evidence that India has the largest and oldest unsafeguarded nuclear programme …

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China’s influence in Asia: a challenge more than a feat

By Su Tan China will remain the most influential country in Asian affairs in the decade to come, surpassing the US, according to the latest poll released by the Global Times Global Poll Center on Saturday. This opinion was held by 44.6 percent of 16,172 respondents in the survey that …

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Pulling the one-China thread will lead Trump nowhere

By Jiao Kun Donald Trump’s inauguration is still one month away, yet the US president-elect’s recent actions and speeches on one subject have already triggered great concern and feeling of uncertainty both inside and outside his country. During an interview with Fox News last Sunday, Trump said “I don’t know …

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Preventing risk of extremism on ‘Belt and Road’


By Mei Xinyu A few years ago, I predicted that for the next 10 to 20 years, economic recession will worsen and cause major social instability in emerging countries. Africa, Latin America and Middle East Islamic countries will be the prime source of this upheaval and turmoil. For nearly three …

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‘One China’ policy cannot be used for bargaining

On Sunday, US President-elect Donald Trump made some surprising remarks about the Taiwan question again. When interviewed by the Fox News network, he said, “I fully understand the ‘One China’ policy, but I don’t know why we have to be bound by a ‘One China’ policy unless we make a …

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Has Afghan government failed in its fight against Taliban?


Pramod Raj Sedhain Taliban insurgents have gained momentum in Afghanistan since the announcement of the “Operation Omari” on 12 April 2016. Full-scale offensive to capture multiple districts demonstrates Taliban’s growing strength in the country. Taliban insurgency has gained one of the biggest momentums ever since they were toppled by the …

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