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Why India should rethink Belt and Road

By Amitendu Palit Asian regional connectivity will significantly change in design and capacity due to the Belt and Road Initiative that comprises the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road. This ambitious China-led connectivity plan links the continents of Asia and Europe through an integrated network of …

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Consolidating sovereignty over Hong Kong imperative for China

By Ng Yau Man David Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, reminded Hong Kong of the urgency in comprehensively and accurately implementing the policy of “one country, two systems” and the Basic Law in Beijing late last month. At a high-ranking symposium to commemorate …

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Never forget Operation Blue Star!

By A. Baig WHY Indira Gandhi chose a Sikh known as Major General Kuldip Singh Brar to storm the Golden Temple — the holiest place in Sikh religion? How Saint Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale turned into a terrorist from being a close and trusted associate of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi? Was …

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Kidnapping highlights risks along China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

By Wang Wenwen A Chinese man and his wife who teach Chinese at a local language center were abducted from Quetta’s Jinnah Town, in Baluchistan Province in southwestern Pakistan Wednesday. No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping yet. But it is worth noting that Islamic militants have often carried …

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Tibet offers loans to encourage start-ups

LHASA, May 24 (Xinhua) — A bank in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region is providing loans of up to 2 million yuan (about 290,000 U.S. dollars) to start-ups. According to the Lhasa office of the People’s Bank of China, the policy will benefit individual start-ups and businesses set up with partners, …

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Tibet consumers enjoy quick delivery service

LHASA, May 29 (Xinhua) — Online consumers in Lhasa in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region now can receive delivery packages in one day, after the first e-commerce warehousing and logistics park in the region was opened. JD.com, China’s second-largest e-commerce company, constructed the logistics park in Lhasa, covering nearly 10,000 …

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Belt and Road initiative combines principles with reality

By Liu Jianxi A joint communiqué was issued by the Leaders Roundtable of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation on Monday. While China’s proposals have received extensive support, a few EU member states refused to endorse part of another trade statement that China suggested, citing a lack of …

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Pragmatic Trump distances US from Taiwan

By Sun Xihui As in other aspects, the government of US President Donald Trump has marked a major shift in its position regarding Taiwan. From Trump taking a phone call with Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen and questioning the “One China” policy to later refusing to meet Tsai when she made …

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India skips OBOR, expresses displeasure

By Our Reporter India has been the only big economy that did not attend the “Belt and Road Forum” in Beijing. Instead, India criticised China’s global initiative, warning of an “unsustainable debt burden” for countries involved. When Chinese President Xi Jinping was hosting dozens of world leaders and senior officials …

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