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The politics of BIMSTEC

BY MAHMUDUR RAHMAN When one glances at the map that brings together the Bimstec (Bay of Bengal Initiatives for Multi-sectoral, Technical and Economic Co-operation) countries, it is easy to see the logic behind it, not just economically, but politically. In essence, it’s an alternate form of the South Asian Association …

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Twinkling Tibet mesmerizes millions

SHARACHCHANDRA BHANDARY LATELY IN LHASA. For a week, (the second week of September)the roof of the world- Tibet was lit by splendid lights and elites from far and wide gathered to witness the Fourth China Tibet Tourism and Culture Expo. Co-sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the …

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No country gains in US’ reckless trade war

BY ROBERT A. MANNING “When the elephants fight,” goes the old African proverb, “it is the grass that gets trampled.” That is one way to look at the intensifying trade war between the world’s two largest trade powers, the US and China: a lose-lose proposition not only for both nations, …

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India playing wily game with US, Russia and China

BY LIU ZONGYI The twice-postponed two plus two ministerial dialogue between the US and India took place on September 6 in New Delhi, during which US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis held talks with their Indian counterparts – External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defense …

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Chinese delegation informs Mongolians on Tibet’s development

ULAN BATOR, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) — A visiting Tibetan cultural exchange delegation dispatched by China’s State Council Information Office has reported on the latest economic and social development of China’s Tibet Autonomous Region and China’s policies to protect traditional Tibetan culture. It has informed Mongolian officials, representatives of the Tibetan …

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Chinese delegation introduces Tibet’s development in Japan

TOKYO, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) — A Tibetan cultural exchange delegation dispatched by China’s State Council Information Office has informed Japanese lawmakers, press and religious groups about the latest development of China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. During the visit that kicked off on Wednesday, the delegation held seminars with Japanese lawmakers, religious …

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Assam: Preventive diplomacy needed to protect Bengali-speaking Muslims

BY RENE WADLOW POTENTIALLY, the people of Assam, northeast India, are sitting atop of a smoldering volcano that threatens to erupt into catastrophic suffering. The violence would target ethnic and religious minorities, most particularly Bengali-speaking Muslims, somewhat on the pattern of the fate of the Rohingya of Myanmar (Burma). The …

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BJP strategising for 2019 elections

BY M KHAAN INDIAN Elections for Lok Sabha are generally contested on the basis of enmity with Pakistan. In Indian elections, the political party which propagate maximum against Pakistan, Pakistani institutions, Pakistani Armed Forces and above all the Pakistan’s agency stand victorious. In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP under Modi …

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