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Beijing won’t yield to US bullying over Taiwan

By Zhao Minghao Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen embarked on a nine-day visit on Saturday to Nicaragua, Salvador and Guatemala, with stopovers in the US. While Tsai did not meet with US President-elect Donald Trump or any members of his transition team during her US stay, she met with senior US …

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Pak-Russia ties in regional situation

By Hanf In the post cold war era Pakistan-Russia relations had already started improving. But Russia’s inclination towards Pakistan increased when it observed the successes of Pakistan in fighting the GWoT and it understood Pakistan’s strategic significance in the region in the context that Pakistan could play a central role …

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Xi’s New Year speech offers peaceful development vision

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By Wen Dao In his New Year’s address, Chinese President Xi Jinping talked of China’s resolve to develop peacefully and determination to protect sovereign integrity, warning saboteurs that the “Chinese people will never allow anyone to get away with making a great fuss about it.” Western media have taken this …

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America’s democracy has become illiberal

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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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