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[18 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

report in bdnews24.com, Sept 18, 2017
Rapid Action Battalion or RAB has arrested a man at Banani in Dhaka suspecting him to be a member of the outlawed militant group, the Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh or Neo-JMB.
The elite police unit detained the suspect, identified as ‘Mahmud’ alias ‘Mishu’ aka ‘Helal’, at a travel agency, Musa International, on Sunday night.
RAB-11 Senior ASP Md Alep Uddin told bdnews24.com that former East West University student Mahmud was working as a receptionist at the travel agency.
He is accused in a case in Narayanganj’s Fatullah, according to …

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[18 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

By HANNAH BEECH in The NY Times online, SEPT. 17, 2017
BALUKHALI, Bangladesh — Nazir Hossain, the imam of a village in far western Myanmar, gathered the faithful around him after evening prayers last month. In a few hours, more than a dozen Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army fighters from his village would strike a nearby police post with an assortment of handmade weapons.
The men needed their cleric’s blessing.
“As imam, I encouraged them never to step back from their mission,” Mr. Hossein recalled of his final words to the ethnic Rohingya militants. …

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[18 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

The writer, a retired Professor of Economics at Algonquin College, Ottawa, Canada and a researcher on politics in South Asia.
The recent exodus of approximately 400,000 Rohingyas from the Arakan province of Myanmar to the coastal part of Bangladesh is the result of systematic ethnic cleansing. This ethnic cleansing is due to the religion and the skin colour of the Rohingyas. Historically these inhabitants have lived in the Arakan province of Myanmar for hundreds of years. They have been systematically decimated and their lands, houses and crops have been set on …

China, Featured »

[18 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

The U.S. on Wednesday blocked the Chinese government’s attempt to buy Lattice Semiconductor Corp. , a manufacturer of advanced computer chips with military applications. Beijing’s American proxy, Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, refused to withdraw its bid even after the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or Cfius, ruled against the deal.
Beijing wants to use the case as an example of Trump Administration protectionism, but that would be a mistake. The decision on Lattice is warranted, and evidence suggests tighter restrictions are needed on the sale of technology to …

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[18 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in Prothom Alo, Sept 16, 2017 at 22.34hrs
Civil society members at a roundtable said a fair election would be impossible if the government did not play a neutral role during the elections.
Citizens for Good Governance (Sushashoner Jonno Nagorik, Sujan), the civil society platform for good governance, organised the roundtable titled on ‘Specific Steps for Fair Polls’ at the National Press Club on Saturday.
The participants said the country will fall into serious crisis if the national election is not held in a free and fair manner.
As the parliament will …

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[18 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Liu Zhen in South China Morning Post, Sept 16, 2017 at 10.27 pm
A court in the Ukraine has frozen the shares controlled by a Chinese firm in one of the world’s largest aircraft and helicopter engine manufacturers, according to Ukrainian media reports.
The move effectively blocks the firm’s controlling stake in the aerospace manufacturer Motor Sich, whose products include military aircraft engines.
The Ukrainian security services allege that the purchase of the company’s stock by groups controlled by Beijing Skyrizon Aviation was an attempt to take its assets out of the …

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[18 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

China’s largest arms manufacturer became a stock-holding company after the SOE structural reform.
China North Industries Group Corporation, also known as Norinco Group, started mixed ownership pilot reforms at its tank factory in Baotou, north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. It was once a state-owned business.
“We’ve introduced private capital and reallocated resources, so it’s no longer a state-owned company. It is now transparent financially, but of course, the defense technology remains confidential. Now it’s responsible to shareholders and investors,” said Yin Jiaxu, Chairman of Norinco.
Norinco builds private affiliates for …

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[15 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Simon Denyer in The Washington Post, Sept 14, 2017 at 5.27 pm
China’s organ-transplant system was once a cause of international scorn and outrage, as doctors harvested organs from prisoners condemned to death by criminal courts and transplanted them into patients who often paid dearly for the privilege.
After years of denials, China now acknowledges that history and has declared that the practice no longer occurs — largely thanks to the perseverance of a health official who, with the quiet backing of an American transplant surgeon, turned the system around …

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[15 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Nectar Gan in South China Morning Post, Sept 14, 2017 at 10:41pm
China’s far western Xinjiang is set to roll out an ideological campaign to instill the official Communist Party narrative of the region’s history in its officials, religious leaders and the masses.
Yu Zhengsheng, the party’s fourth-ranking official who is in charge of religion and ethnic minorities, presided at a high-level meeting in Beijing this week to address “several historical issues” regarding the restive region, official news agency Xinhua reported.
The two-day meeting, which ended on Wednesday, made clear the …

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[15 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

report in Global Times, Sept 15, 2017
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region will develop better if it rids itself of misleading historical, cultural, ethnic and religious thoughts, China’s top political adviser said at a seminar.
Clearing out those negative thoughts will build the ideological and political basis for a legal and united Xinjiang, Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee said at a two-day meeting on Xinjiang, which concluded on Wednesday in Beijing.
“Over the decade, China has seen great changes in religions. New conflicts and problems …