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Trump’s NSS report

BY MUHAMMAD DONALD Trump’s premier National Security Strategy (NSS), announced on 18 December, 2017 is beset with the new wave of criticism. NSS report instead of co-existence and harmony, caused consternations for other states including the US allies. The report sees China and Russia as rival states, eroding the US …

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Outdated geopolitical mindset hinders India’s development

BY HUANG DEKAI The first China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue in Beijing in the recent past focused on mutual political trust and reconciliation, development cooperation and connectivity, security and counter-terrorism. The joint press release issued said that Beijing and Islamabad are willing to discuss extending the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to …

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Oldest Buddhist stele discovered in Tibet

LHASA, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) — Archeologists in Tibet Autonomous Region believe the ninth century Purang stele to be the oldest in the region. Shargan Wangdue, of Tibet Cultural Relics Protection Institute, said the stele was discovered in Ngari prefecture in northern part of the Tibet Autonomous Region. The stele is …

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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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