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Polls in neighborhood pose fresh challenges for India

BY INDRANI BAGCHI Even as S Jaishankar makes way for Vijay Gokhale to take over as foreign secretary, India is bracing for a fresh set of challenges as every country in India’s neighbourhood goes in for elections over the next 16 months with some incumbents looking shaky. Nepal was first …

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Agricultural Bank of China debuts facial recognition withdrawal in Tibet

LHASA, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) — The Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) has introduced facial recognition technology at its automatic teller machines (ATM) in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. According to ABC’s branch in Tibet, by the end of 2017, 20 ATMs with facial recognition technology had been installed, with 14 …

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Record number of air passengers in Tibet for 2017

LHASA, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) — Tibet Autonomous Region saw a record 4.51 million air passengers in 2017, up 11.9 percent from the previous year, the regional civil aviation administration said. Tibet’s civil aviation industry has been growing rapidly, becoming an important driver for the regional economy. The plateau region has …

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CPEC to be extended to Afghanistan

BY ABDUS SATTAR GHAZALI In an alarming development for India, after a meeting of foreign ministers of China, Pakistan and Afghanistan, in Beijing on Tuesday (Dec 26), Chinese foreign minister Wang said China and Pakistan are willing to find out ways to extend China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the $57 billion …

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India and World Heritage Site, Taj Mahal

BY MUHAMMAD The Taj Mahal, an enduring testament to Shah Jahan’s everlasting love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, is visited by an estimated 3.5 million people every year and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Designated by UNESCO in 1983 as a world heritage site, …

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Where are China-India ties headed in 2018?

BY LONG XINGCHUN The year 2017 is doomed to be a special year in the history of China-India relations. The Doklam standoff pushed the two Asian powers to the brink of war, becoming the biggest crisis between them in the past 55 years. Bilateral ties have been blighted by three …

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Where geography is destiny

BY C. RAJA MOHAN A series of developments in the Subcontinent at the end of 2017 cast a pall of gloom over Delhi’s foreign policy discourse. The lament was about India losing to China in its own neighbourhood. After all, China has just signed a free trade agreement with the …

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Playing Taiwan card dangerous for New Delhi

By Liu Lulu After the signing of the India-Taiwan memorandum of understanding to promote mutual industrial cooperation, Indian scholars recently suggested that it was “imperative to strengthen political and strategic engagement” between the two sides, which “cannot be dictated” by the mainland. Although the Taiwan question is not an issue …

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Christmas-ban debate in China misses big picture

Monday was Christmas. Many Chinese department stores are launching Christmas-themed promotions, enriching commercial streets across China with the atmosphere of Christmas. This has become common place in China’s commercial areas every year-end. Some news has circulated that individual cities and universities were banning Christmas, which has attracted the attention of …

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Tibet tops publication sales growth in China

BEIJING, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) — The sales of publications in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region surged by over 84 percent in 2016, according to a report made public on Tuesday. The report, published by the Books and Periodicals Distribution Association of China, said although Tibet topped the country in terms …

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