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America’s democracy has become illiberal

By Fareed Zakaria Two decades ago, I wrote an essay in Foreign Affairs that described an unusual and worrying trend: the rise of illiberal democracy. Around the world, dictators were being deposed and elections were proliferating. But in many of the places where ballots were being counted, the rule of …

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Rajnath blames Pakistan for nothing

By Kuldip Nayar Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that Pakistan is again trying to divide India on the basis of religion. He conveniently forgets history. Pakistan was a consequence, not the cause. The society was divided and both Hindus and Muslims had reached a point of no return. Consequently, …

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Tibet goes cashless

LHASA, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) — While Tibet evokes images of ancient traditions for many tourists, out-of-towners are discovering they don’t have to give up modern conveniences when they travel in the far western region. A tourist from southeast China’s Fujian Province was pleasantly surprised to be able to pay through …

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Former Tibet legislator jailed for corruption

ZHENGZHOU, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) — Le Dake, a former senior legislator in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for taking bribes on Friday. According to the court, Le was also fined 2 million yuan (290,000 U.S. dollars), and his illegal gains shall be recovered …

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Tibet reports robust growth in 2016

LHASA, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) — Tibet Autonomous Region in southwest China reported 11.5-percent GDP growth this year, realizing the 24th straight year of double-digit growth. The plateau region’s GDP reached 114.8 billion yuan (16.5 billion U.S. dollars) in 2016, while the growth target for the next year is exceeding 11 …

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India: Major Human Rights violator in South Asia

By Hanif ALTHOUGH India claims itself to be the largest democracy in the world, but its track record on human rights violations of minorities, especially Sikhs and the people of Jammu and Kashmir is highly disappointing. India has failed all efforts of the United Nations Security Council UNSC) to implement …

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New Delhi overreaches to meddle in China’s core interests

By Wen Dao New Delhi has long held the Dalai Lama issue as leverage that it can use against China. Indian President Pranab Mukherjee met with the Tibetan separatist in exile in India this month, probably as moral support to Mongolia, which mired itself in diplomatic trouble after receiving the …

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E-commerce reaches remote county in Tibet

LHASA, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) — Lhagyel’s house has been swarmed by villagers and relatives coming to catch a glimpse of his new refrigerator. Though it not the fridge that caught everyone’s attention, but how he managed to get the fridge from Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, to Medog …

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Digital photo exhibition on China’s Tibet kicks off in Bangkok

BANGKOK, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) — A vivid photography exhibition on China’s Tibet kicked off Wednesday in Bangkok, attracting many to admire the photos and to experience beautiful Tibetan scenery with virtual reality headsets. “Digital Art Exhibition on Tibetan Cultural Heritage”, which is jointly held by Xinhua News Agency and China …

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India’s unsafe nuclear programme

By Jaml A new and comprehensive assessment of the Indian nuclear weapon-making capacity has been given in a book titled ‘Indian unsafeguarded nuclear programme’, published by the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad (ISSI). The authors say the study contains evidence that India has the largest and oldest unsafeguarded nuclear programme …

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