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‘Belt and Road’ initiative points to brighter globalization

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By Jean-Pierre Raffarin The history of the Silk Road sparks numerous aspirations for the ancient route. Hadrian, the Roman Emperor depicted by French writer Marguerite Yourcenar, was fascinated with the flourishing commerce and trade along the ancient Silk Road. The “Belt and Road” initiative put forward by Chinese President Xi …

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BRICS sustainable development crucial

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The 8th BRICS Summit took place over the weekend in Goa, India. It has been seven years since the first BRIC Summit was held in 2009. What is the group’s role in global governance? What challenges does it face and how should the five countries further enhance their cooperation in …

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Why Kashmiris observe October 27 as black day

By  Raza Malik Background The saga of Kashmiris’ sufferings is spread over a period of almost seven decades. It started with the landing of Indian troops in Jammu and Kashmir on October 27 in 1947 and since then, Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the …

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RAW to shut down its covert air wing, assets will go to NTRO and IAF

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By Praveen Swami Plans have been firmed up to shut down the Aviation Research Centre (ARC), India’s premier imaging-intelligence organisation, highly-placed government sources have told The Indian Express. The plans, backed by National Security Advisor AjitDoval, envisage that the ARC’s aircraft and electronics assets will be divided between the National …

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How powerful is Islamic State’s ‘United Cyber Caliphate’?

By Pramod Raj Sedhain The dramatic rise of Islamic State ultra-extremist group since June 2014 in Iraq and Syria has not only posed threat on physical terrorism threat but has also created critical threat on cyber arena. IS does not use routine terrorist tactics and has proved that it uses …

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Indian comedy of “surgical strikes”

By Iqbl Over the last week, Indian leadership took a number of steps to provoke Pakistan into action. Pakistan’s leadership has acted pragmatically. The comedy of surgical strikes was poorly scripted to suck Pakistan into an embarrassing corner, in both cases: either by acting or by not acting militarily. However, …

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Chinese investment helps stabilize socialist rule in Vietnam

By Ding Gang As dusk descended and lights started to illuminate the streets, our car drove into Hanoi. Roads are smoother and wider than they were when I had my first visit to the city six years ago. Overpasses have emerged, and although motorbikes still dominate the highways, the number …

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Prioritizing actions against growing IS cyber-terrorism threat

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Pramod Raj Sedhain Global terrorism dimensions are rapidly changing. International terrorist networks and their affiliates are growing tech-savvy. Terrorist groups have transformed their organizations from illiterate rural-based small militant groups to modern high-tech operational capabilities. Cyber space is becoming a key instrument of jihadists in their recruitment radicalization. Modern technological …

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Nepal risks missing chance with China

By Xu Liang Under the spotlight, Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who is popularly known as Prachanda, shook hands with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during his tour in India last week. Yet in the picture published by The Himalayan Times, Prachanda was smiling cautiously. This is not an …

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Good ties with China, India in Nepal’s best interest

By Ai Jun “We talked with open heart and both countries found new ground to move forward.” This is how Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as Prachanda, described his just concluded four-day visit to India, his first overseas visit after assuming office. Ironically, it is reported that …

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