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After India-US pact, Pak reveals defence agreement with China

By Omer Farooq Khan ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s cabinet has approved a long-term defence agreement with China, a local newspaper reported on Sunday. The Express Tribune reported that the approval was given after PM Nawaz Sharif chaired a meeting in Lahore on July 15 upon his return from London. The revelation comes …

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China urges U.S. not to support “Tibet independence”

HANGZHOU, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) — President Xi Jinping said Saturday that China hopes the United States would honor its commitment in Tibet-related issues and not support secessionist activities by “Tibet independence” forces. He made the remarks when meeting with his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama on the eve of a G20 …

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Shoton Festival begins in Tibet

LHASA, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) — Celebrations for the traditional Shoton Festival began in Lhasa, capital of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region on Thursday. The Shoton Festival, also known as the Yogurt Banquet Festival, is a week-long extravaganza that has been held since the 11th century. It was originally a religious …

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Deepening ties with Myanmar serves China’s interests

By Wang Wenwen Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi kicked off her five-day visit to China Wednesday. It is her first to Beijing as well as her foreign debut outside ASEAN after taking office in April. Contrary to the subjective view that a democratic Myanmar will lean toward the …

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India second most ‘unequal’ country: Report

By IANS NEW DELHI: India is the second most “unequal” country in the world after Russia, with millionaires controlling more than half of its total wealth, a report by Johannesburg-based wealth research firm New World Wealth said earlier this week. In India, 54 per cent of its wealth is controlled …

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Ignorance, colonial legacy divide India and China: Amitav Ghosh


Indifference and ignorance plague India’s relations with China but that could change with increasing people-to-people exchanges between the two countries, Indian author Amitav Ghosh has said. Ghosh, whose acclaimed Ibis Trilogy novels focus on the East India Company-led opium trade between India and China, finds the unfamiliarity surprising. “What is …

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China will get involved if India foments trouble in Balochistan


By Gaurav Sharma Beijing, Aug 28 (IANS) China will have “to get involved” if any Indian “plot” disrupts the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in restive Balochistan, an influential Chinese think tank has warned India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reference to Balochistan in his Independence Day speech is the …

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Modi’s Independence Day boasting


By Eqbal Comments and analyses continue to pour-in about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day gaffe. The United States held out a categorical assurance to Pakistan that it did not support independence for Balochistan. State Department reiterated commitment to Pakistan’s territorial integrity and distanced itself from India’s effort to …

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Hangzhou G20 highlights global cooperation

By Ban Ki-moon The Hangzhou Summit will be the first G20 meeting of heads of state and government following last year’s adoption of four landmark global agreements: the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and …

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New CPC chiefs of Hunan, Yunnan, Tibet appointed

BEIJING, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) — Du Jiahao replaced Xu Shousheng as secretary of the Hunan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), according to an official statement on Sunday. Xu will no longer be a member of the CPC Hunan Provincial Committee or its Standing Committee, the statement …

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