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The loss of innocence

By Happymon Jacob The unprofessional behaviour of the young — perhaps even well-meaning — Army Major in the Kashmir Valley is proof of how an aggressive political establishment, and the ‘popular’ support it enjoys, can transform the unlawful act into a nationalist issue. Otherwise, how is it that pinning a …

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Tibet attracts unprecedented investment from central SOEs

LHASA, June 14 (Xinhua) — Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region is set to see a record influx of investment from central state-owned enterprises (SOEs) as the region has signed cooperation agreements with 36 central SOEs for 347 projects. The agreements, inked Tuesday at a meeting on strategic cooperation in Lhasa, …

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China to select 10,000 volunteer teachers to Xinjiang, Tibet

URUMQI, June 16 (Xinhua) — China will dispatch 10,000 teachers to Xinjiang and Tibet autonomous regions to support local education. Currently, 1,500 teachers from other provinces are in Xinjiang and Tibet. They train local education staff and share resources. Another batch of 4,000 teachers will be selected and sent to …

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Can smartphones speed secularism in India?

By Ding Gang “Hello sir, can we take a photo together?” During my travels in India, I often encountered young Indians who wanted to take a picture with me, an older Chinese man. They held brand-new smartphones, with smiles on their faces. The brands the Indians mostly use are VIVO, …

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Beijing’s goodwill shown in India joining SCO

By Long Xingchun India and Pakistan were finally admitted as full members to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Friday at its 2017 summit in the Kazakh capital of Astana. A common concern from the international community is that the two historic enemies may bring their bilateral contradictions into the …

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In Kashmir, India is witnessing its Gen. Dyer moment

By Partha Chatterjee There are chilling similarities between the justifications advanced for the actions of the British Indian army in Punjab in 1919 and those being offered today in defence of the acts of the Indian army in Kashmir. “It was my duty – my horrible, dirty duty,” the general …

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Geopolitical bias blinds India to benefits of cooperation with China

By Liu Jianxi China denied accusations that its military helicopters had violated India’s airspace on Monday. Reports from India claimed that the Chinese aircraft had been seen hovering over the “Barahoti sector” of the China-India boundary. China’s foreign ministry responded to the reports, saying they were “regular border patrols” on …

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Why India should rethink Belt and Road

By Amitendu Palit Asian regional connectivity will significantly change in design and capacity due to the Belt and Road Initiative that comprises the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road. This ambitious China-led connectivity plan links the continents of Asia and Europe through an integrated network of …

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Consolidating sovereignty over Hong Kong imperative for China

By Ng Yau Man David Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, reminded Hong Kong of the urgency in comprehensively and accurately implementing the policy of “one country, two systems” and the Basic Law in Beijing late last month. At a high-ranking symposium to commemorate …

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