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Does China’s debt signal an impending crisis? Edit  in Global Times Chinese Edition, Sept 21, 2016 .

elements in the economy will eventually cooperate under the guidance of government policies.
Some Western institutions and media outlets have never ceased predicting a hard landing for the Chinese economy or even a cliff-diving crisis in the country. Most of the predictions have been proved wrong. The main reason is that they don’t understand the fundamental features of China’s economy. Sometimes, these observers don’t even really understand China’s economic data but draw a conclusion by applying Western historical experience.
The warnings by some Western institutions had indeed wracked the nerves of some …

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[26 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a freelance journalist based in Peshawar.
TWO years of intense negotiations have finally led to the signing of a peace agreement between the Ashraf Ghani administration and Gulbadin Hekmatyar’s faction of the Hezb-i-Islami (HiG). Under the deal, the fugitive ex-prime minister has virtually been pardoned for his past offences.
Although the HiG is the second largest militant organisation in Afghanistan behind the Afghan Taliban, its role in the insurgency has not been as disconcerting as that of Taliban or the militant Islamic State group. Given the fact that the …

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The signing of a peace deal between the government of Afghanistan and one of the notorious warlords, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, can be a termed a breakthrough amid ongoing bloodshed in the war-torn Afghanistan. A former prime minister, Hekmatyar was a prominent anti-Soviet commander in the 1980s and stands accused of killing thousands of people in Kabul from 1992 to 1996, a period when various Mujahedeen factions fought each other for supremacy and which ended when the Taliban emerged victorious.
The US has welcomed the truce with Hekmatyar while a large number of …

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IF one lives long enough in Afghanistan, it is possible to have been everything: mujahideen commander, war criminal, political leader, aging military commander — and peacemaker too. Gulbadin Hekmatyar inspires passionate debate about what he has meant to Afghanistan and, indeed, about his relevance in that country today. But Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has judged that Mr Hekmatyar and the faction of the Hizb-i-Islami (HiG) he leads are worth making a peace deal with, a plan hatched early in the present government’s tenure and that took on more urgency as …

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[26 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]

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taliban-weapons-seized-in-herat-cityThe delivery of at least 141 different types of weapons to the Taliban insurgents in western Herat province was stopped by the Afghan intelligence operatives.
The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the weapons were loaded professionally in a truck and the group was looking to deliver them to its fighters in Herat province.
According to a statement by NDS, the cache included at least 51 Ak-47 assault rifles, 19 automatic weapon, 71 pistols and various other types of ammunition and explosives.
NDS further added that the truck …

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[26 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]

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Hekmatyar send out curse to democracy in AfghanistanThe leader of Hezb-e-Islami party Gulbuddin Hekmatyar may nominate for the presidential elections scheduled to be organized in 2019 as a draft peace agreement was signed between the Afghan government and the party last week.
A top leader of the party Qazi Hakim has indicated that Hekmatyar could stand in the next presidential elections.
“Although it is premature to say anything now, I do not rule out the possibility of Hekmatyar becoming a presidential candidate,” Hakim quoted in a report …