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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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China International Strategy Review 2016 released

China International Strategy Review 2016, an annual academic publication from the Institute of International and Strategic Studies (IISS) under Peking University, was released recently at a forum held by the IISS. Since its founding in 2008, the China International Strategy Review has earned recognition from readers for its objective and …

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Latvian photojournalist’s exhibition on Tibet opens in Riga

RIGA, Oct.8 (Xinhua) — A photo exhibition featuring pictures taken by Latvian photojournalist Janis Laizans in Tibet has been unveiled here Friday. The exhibition, named “Seven Days in Tibet”,  has a collection of 30 pictures shot by Laizans during his trip to China’s Tibet Autonomous Region in the summer. A …

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Tibet receives 21 mln tourists in past 9 months

LHASA, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) — About 21 million Chinese and foreign tourists visited southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region in the first three quarters of 2016, up 20.4 percent year on year, authorities said Tuesday. Tourism revenue during the past nine months increased by 25.9 percent year on year to 28.7 …

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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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Tibet dams river for its costliest hydro project

LHASA, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) — Tibet on Friday blocked a tributary of the YarlungZangbo River as part of its most expensive hydro project. The Lalho project on the Xiabuqu River in Xigaze, involves an investment of 4.95 billion yuan (740 million U.S. dollars), said Zhang Yunbao, head of the project’s …

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