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Has Afghan government failed in its fight against Taliban?

Pramod Raj Sedhain Taliban insurgents have gained momentum in Afghanistan since the announcement of the “Operation Omari” on 12 April 2016. Full-scale offensive to capture multiple districts demonstrates Taliban’s growing strength in the country. Taliban insurgency has gained one of the biggest momentums ever since they were toppled by the …

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Trade through quake-hit Gyirong port in Tibet surges

LHASA, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) — The total value of trade at the border port of Gyirong in Tibet from January to October exceeded 2.35 billion yuan (340 million U.S. dollars), a 20-fold increase year on year, Lhasa Customs said Monday. A magnitude 8.1 earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, 2015, …

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New cargo service links Tibet, Nepal to boost trade

LHASA, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) — Dozens of trucks carrying 19 million yuan (2.8 million U.S. dollars) worth of goods left the border port of Gyirong in Tibet after customs clearance on Friday, continuing the journey to their destination in Nepal. The new rail and road cargo service, linking Guangdong, Tibet …

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Trump may be cool to alliance with Delhi

By Li Haidong The Republican nominee Donald Trump won the US presidential election in early November. With his presidency, the US policy toward India may show the following characteristics. For starters, the US will continue to strengthen its relationship with India. The US geopolitical competition with other powers in the …

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Democracy cannot evade its flaws with falling strength

Yascha Mounk, lecturer on Political Theory at Harvard University, and Roberto Stefan Foa, a political scientist at the University of Melbourne in Australia jointly have gathered substantial data on the strength of liberal democracies in the past few years. They have recently come to a conclusion that is entirely different …

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Challenges of post-conflict solution in Iraq

By Pramod Raj Sedhain Islamic State (IS) is doomed to fail in entire Iraq but effective “post-conflict solution” has not been finalized yet. Despite the fact that the Iraqi forces are almost near the ultimate goal to destroy the IS ultra brutalterrorist group,Iraqi political stability is far from reality. Fall …

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Indian worry on Farooq Abdullah’s statement

Malik M Ashraf FORMER Chief Minister of Indian Occupied Kashmir Farooq Abdullah speaking at a function at Chenab valley said that Kashmir was neither Indian property nor was its integral part. He said that India would have to talk to Pakistan, a party to the dispute to resolve this issue. …

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The Chinese dream continues to make a difference

BEIJING, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) — China is moving closer to its goal of building an all-round moderately prosperous society by 2020, inspired by the Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. Tuesday marks the fourth anniversary of the Chinese dream concept, and remarkable progress has been made …

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China on new “Long March” to deepening military reform

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L, front), also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, confers a military flag to Commander Liu Yuejun and Political Commissar Zheng Weiping of the Eastern Theater Command in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 1, …

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Chinese paper-making older than previously thought

NANJING, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) — A Chinese archaeologist has announced new findings about an ancient scrap of paper, likely to be evidence of the earliest on record, dating 250 years before Cai Lun invented paper-making technology in China. The piece, about five centimeters long and two centimeters wide, was unearthed …

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