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US announces expansion of trade preferences for LDCs

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Washington, D.C. – The United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) office announced the Annual Product Review under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. This measure adds new duty-free status for travel goods – such as luggage, backpacks, handbags, and wallets – for Least Developed Beneficiary Developing Countries (LDBDCs), including Nepal. …

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Tourism booms on plateau after 10 years of Qinghai Tibet Railway

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LHASA, June 23 (Xinhua) — Tuotuohe River Station maybe small but it is an important stop along the Qinghai-Tibet railway, the world’s highest altitude train line, which links the Tibetan capital Lhasa in southwest China and Xining, capital of Qinghai in the northwest. Tuotuohe is about 4,000 meters above sea …

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Belt, Road a boon to Central, Eastern Europe

BY ZHAO MINGHAO Chinese President Xi Jinping is currently on an official tour to Serbia and Poland. He visited the Czech Republic in March. China has been embarking on a connectivity-oriented foreign policy. Central and Eastern European countries have played an increasingly vital role in China’s diplomacy and they are …

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Beyond Torkham border gate

In his policy statement, Sartaj Aziz, the Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs said in Parliament that, Pakistan has informed the Afghan Government about the construction of border gate at Torkham. He further explained that, “When Afghan authorities expressed their reservations; we took them into confidence and told …

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U.S. does not support “Tibet independence”: Kerry

BELGRADE, June 18 (Xinhua) — The United States maintains that Tibet is an inalienable part of China and does not support the independence of Tibet, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday. During a telephone conversation with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Kerry said the U.S. policy on …

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China to accelerate Tibet’s clean energy development

LHASA, June 17 (Xinhua) — China will speed up the development of clean energy in Tibet Autonomous Region from 2016 to 2020, under the principle of “putting the environment first,” according to an energy official. The initiative will boost the local economy and increase strategic reserves of clean energy, Nur …

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China to build five more stations on Qinghai-Tibet railway

LHASA, June 15 (Xinhua) — Five more stations are to be added to the Qinghai-Tibet railway, said local authorities on Wednesday. Six other stations are to be renovated, said Wang Qing’an of the project command center. Environmental protection will be a top priority, with water sources protected and vegetation protected …

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India tightens visa rules for Afghans

By Sajad India which has invested billions of dollars in Afghanistan, signed a wide-ranging strategic agreement with that country on October 5, 2011 also includes to help train Afghan security forces, while assisting Kabul in diversified projects has been playing double game with the war-torn country. Overtly, New Delhi has …

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Development path will lead Tibet to brighter future

By Yu Ning Tibet marks the 65th anniversary of the peaceful liberation of Tibet. The past 65 years have seen unremitting efforts by the Chinese government to render Tibet prosperous with ethnic unity and democracy. The period also has been fraught with ceaseless sabotage by Tibetan separatist forces, with Western …

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Let’s admit we are challenged in one eye

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By P Chidambaram This government is a bundle of nerves. It sees ghosts where none exists. It sees enemies even among friendly and neutral commentators. And it has men and women who are ready to shoot to kill even without orders (under a political version of AFSPA — Angry Friends Special …

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