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Concerto of connectivity

BY XU XIUJUN After the Belt and Road Initiative—the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road—was proposed by President Xi Jinping in 2013, it gradually evolved from merely a concept to concrete practice, embarking on a road of high-quality development. For more than five years, China has …

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Tibet builds 49 sewage treatment plants

LHASA, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) — A total of 49 sewage treatment plants are under construction in the Tibet Autonomous Region, in an effort to better protect “Asia’s water tower” — the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Construction of 25 plants was started this year, with a total investment of 630 million yuan (93 …

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Over 13,000 ancient books registered in Tibet: survey

LHASA, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) — About 13,700 ancient books have been registered in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region after a wide survey across the region starting from 2009, the regional ancient book protection center said Tuesday. So far, the survey has covered 1,160 ancient book collecting sites, including monasteries, museums, …

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Nepal gauges interests in choosing China rail norm

BY HU WEIJIA Nepal will use Chinese gauge standards for a planned nationwide rail network, the Nikkei Asian Review reported. It is easy to understand the disappointment in India, which failed to persuade Nepal to adopt its wider gauge, but there is no need to view Kathmandu’s reported decision as …

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India must remember tha Balochistan is not Bangladesh

BY M CHUDARY Following Prime Minister Modi’s comments about Balochistan in his Independence Day speech, Ashok Swain warns that open support for Baloch separatists will not solve the Kashmir conflict. What is more, he writes that by threatening its neighbour’s territorial integrity India risks alienating key allies, and in the …

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Globalization needs to be upgraded to serve the interest of all people

BY CHENG YAWEN In recent years, a rising number of people have realized “the world is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century.” It was more pronounced in 2018. Some phenomena that people are familiar with are changing direction. The head winds globalization is facing is one example. Implied meanings …

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Dam proposed to stop desertification in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

BEIJING, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) — Chinese environmentalists are advocating a dam to prevent the desertification in the frozen soil area in Hoh Xil National Nature Reserve in Qinghai province, an isolated region in the northwestern part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and an UNESCO World Heritage, China Daily reported Monday. The …

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A surge in China-Afghan trade

BY HUJJATULLAH ZIA Trade volume between China and Afghanistan has increased, and both sides continue to show a tendency toward more commercial exchanges. China carries increasing weight for Afghanistan in terms of trade since Sino-Afghan economic ties have grown stronger in recent years. The Afghanistan-China Air Corridor was opened in …

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Looking after road to Tibet

XINING, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) — Every night around midnight, Yu Benfan hears the long whistle of a passenger train from Lhasa as it whooshes through Wangkun station, comforting him and his fellow workers. Just before dawn, not far from Chumar River station in the hinterland of the Kunlun Mountains, incessant …

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