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by Wajid Ali Syed in The News, Aug 24, 2017
WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Tuesday that Pakistan’s privileged status as a major non-Nato US ally could be in question if it does not change its course from the past.
“We have some leverage,” Tillerson told reporters, “in terms of aid, their status as a non-Nato alliance partner — all of that can be put on the table.” During a press briefing held at the State Department to expand on Trump’s Afghanistan and South Asia strategy, Tillerson conditioned …

Business, CPEC, Headline, PAK-CHINA TIES »

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by Zafar Bhutta in The Express Tribune, Aug 23, 2017
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad and Beijing are unlikely to welcome other countries to become part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) before 2020 as they will wait until energy and industrial projects are completed, say officials.
Pakistan and China are developing energy projects of $35 billion under CPEC and want to complete them first before opening the door to Middle Eastern states, Iran and Central Asian countries for joining the gigantic economic corridor.
Some of the power projects like Sahiwal coal power plant have been …

Business, China, Featured »

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Comment in Global Times, Aug 23, 2017 at 21:48:40
(The article was compiled based on a report by Beijing-based private strategic think tank Anbound)
The risk of yuan depreciation doesn’t seem to be troubling investors any longer, with the currency having been on a gradual upward trend for about three months.
The central parity rate of the yuan was set at 6.6633 per US dollar on Wednesday, according to the China Foreign Exchange Trading System.
There is a correlation between the appreciation of the yuan and the rise in China’s foreign exchange reserves. The …

Business, China, Featured »

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By Frank Tang in South China Morning Post, Aug 23, 2017 at 10.55pm
The credit rating of China’s Anbang Life Insurance Co was downgraded by Dagong Global Credit Rating Co on Wednesday, three months after the regulator curtailed its operations and two months since the chairman of its parent company disappeared from public sight.
The downgrade by one notch to AA+ came as Dagong said in a statement that Anbang Life is facing growing debt repayment pressure as a result of liquidity strains and falling investment yields.
Anbang Life is an arm of …

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by Wendy Wu in South China Morning Post, Aug 23, 2017 at 10.55pm
Chinese prosecutors have been told to show no mercy to the “financial crocodiles” who threaten economic stability, in the latest sign that Beijing is prepared to use all of its judicial and executive apparatus to stamp out corruption.
The Supreme People’s Procuratorate on Wednesday issued a strongly worded directive ordering prosecutors across the country to get tough on “those financial crocodiles that make waves [in the markets]” and the “moles” who engage in insider trading and money-for-power deals.
In particular, …

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by Choi Chi-yuk, Catherine Wong & Jun Mai in South China Morning Post, Aug 23, 2017 at 11:17pm
China is expected to appoint a new air force commander as part of a People’s Liberation Army leadership reshuffle ahead of the national congress in autumn, sources said.
The front runner to lead the country’s 420,000-strong air force is Lieutenant General Ding Laihang, three separate sources told the South China Morning Post.
Ding, who will turn 60 next month, has held the top air force job in the Northern Theatre Command since last year. He …

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by Anwar Hussain in Dhaka Tribune, Aug 23, 2017 at 9.50 pm
A Banshkhali upazila court in Chittagong district has sent 13 high school teachers to jail on treason charges.
Banshkhali Senior Judicial Magistrate Sazzad Hossain passed the order on Wednesday after rejecting the bail petitions of the teachers, who were accused of comparing Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with a local BNP leader Liakat Ali in a creative question paper.
Banshkhali police station Officer-in-Charge Md Alamgir Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune that all the teachers were sent to jail following the court order.
The …