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Tibet Airlines opens first intercontinental route

JINAN, April 8 (Xinhua) –– Tibet Airlines on Monday launched its first intercontinental air route linking Jinan, capital of east China’s Shandong Province, and Finnish capital Helsinki. The first flight on the route took off from Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport on Monday afternoon, which also marked the opening of the …

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Tibet marks 60th anniversary of democratic reform

LHASA, March 28 (Xinhua) — Representatives from various ethnic groups and walks of life gathered in the Potala Palace square in Lhasa Thursday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the campaign of democratic reform in Tibet. Tibet has made historic achievements and undergone tremendous changes since the democratic reform that …

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The irrelevance of secularism

BY MOHAMMED AYOOB A debate has flared up, especially after the Supreme Court’s Sabarimala judgment, on whether the state should leave religion alone. I believe in the Indian context, it is more pertinent to ask whether religion can leave the state alone. The relevance of this question is underscored by …

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Xi Jinping and Tibet’s development

LHASA, March 28 (Xinhua) — China commemorated the 60th anniversary of democratic reform in Tibet Thursday, celebrating the region’s fast economic growth, stable society, favorable natural environment and progress in other sectors. Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the CPC Central Committee with Comrade …

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State and faith: an unholy alliance?

BY ALEXANDER CASELLA On July 30, 1956, the US Congress unanimously adopted a law that provided that the words “In God we trust” would be from then onward the national motto of the United States and should appear on all US currency bills. Adopted at the height of the Cold …

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BRI challenges can be resolved for common benefit

BY HU WEIJIA A controversy has erupted over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the India-based Economic Times reported Monday, saying the Pakistani government had reportedly diverted large sums of Chinese investment meant for the CPEC to other projects. Practical investigation is needed before any conclusion is reached. The project may …

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Eco-safety barrier firmed up in Tibet

LHASA, March 28 (Xinhua) — Tibet Autonomous Region has made headway in the effort to build up the eco-safety barrier. Amid the campaign to step up ecological conservation and environmental protection in the past five years, Tibet invested 1.17 billion yuan (about 174 million U.S. dollars), rehabilitating 320,000 hectares of …

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Peach blossom festival opens in Tibet

LHASA, March 29 (Xinhua) — An annual peach blossom festival kicked off in the city of Nyingchi, southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region on Friday, attracting visitors from home and abroad. Besides admiring the peach blossoms, a variety of activities including music and dance performances, folk costumes and ethnic custom exhibitions …

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