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Modi’s Independence Day boasting


By Eqbal Comments and analyses continue to pour-in about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day gaffe. The United States held out a categorical assurance to Pakistan that it did not support independence for Balochistan. State Department reiterated commitment to Pakistan’s territorial integrity and distanced itself from India’s effort to …

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Hangzhou G20 highlights global cooperation

By Ban Ki-moon The Hangzhou Summit will be the first G20 meeting of heads of state and government following last year’s adoption of four landmark global agreements: the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and …

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New CPC chiefs of Hunan, Yunnan, Tibet appointed

BEIJING, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) — Du Jiahao replaced Xu Shousheng as secretary of the Hunan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), according to an official statement on Sunday. Xu will no longer be a member of the CPC Hunan Provincial Committee or its Standing Committee, the statement …

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Tibet wages war against plateau parasite

LHASA, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) — Medical workers from across China will carry out a survey in Tibet in an effort to control echinococcosis, also known as hydatid disease, a fatal parasitic tapeworm disease affecting China’s herding communities. A total of 920 doctors and medical workers, including 624 from Tibet and …

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American power in an age of disorder


By Barry Gewen Henry Kissinger’s most recent book was called, very simply, World Order. The title may be taken as ironic, for at present, Kissinger said, there is no such thing. “Our age is insistently, at times almost desperately, in pursuit of a concept of world order,” and unless the …

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Five years after Arab Spring


By Makhan Saikia Today, the Arab youth are in need of another revolution, not to overthrow any autocrat or a dictator but to ensure that they have a definite future. Five years after the Arab Spring, the situation in many countries of the West Asia and North Africa (WANA) is …

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India’s ‘silent war’ on Pakistan

By Javed Silent war is a kind of warfare with another state in which the ruler and his ministers— and, unknowingly, the people— acted publicly as if they were at peace with the opposing state, but all the while secret agents were busy assassinating important leaders in the other state, …

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G20 summit in China a new launchpad for global economy


For a world economy mired in a prolonged downturn, the G20 summit next month could be the light at the end of the tunnel. Eight years after the global financial crisis, the recovery remains slow and fragile. The current global economic growth environment is mediocre, featuring rising unemployment, soaring debt, …

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Shoton Festival to be held in Tibet

LHASA, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) — Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region is planning a host of cultural events for an upcoming traditional festival in the regional capital Lhasa. The Shoton Festival, also known as the Yogurt Banquet Festival, is a week-long extravaganza that has been held since the 11th century. It …

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New Silk Roads tell the story of Asia


Peter Frankopan’s (Frankopan) book, The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, has been an unexpected hit in the UK, staying on best-seller lists for weeks. What does Frankopan, a historian at Oxford University and director of the Oxford Center for Byzantine Research, think of the Chinese “Belt and …

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