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[1 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

A three-month standoff between Chinese and Indian troops in a remote corner of the Himalayas ended this week with both sides agreeing to withdraw. Beijing is claiming victory, but this is face-saving bravado. New Delhi successfully repulsed a Chinese attempt to assert control over the disputed region.
In June China quietly began construction of a road across the Doklam Plateau, an area that Indian ally Bhutan also claims. The area overlooks the Siliguri Corridor, a stretch of territory 27 kilometers wide at its narrowest point that leads to the country’s landlocked …

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[29 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN and JAVIER C. HERNÁNDEZ
NEW DELHI — India and China agreed on Monday to back away from their confrontation over a tiny slice of territory high in the Himalayas, easing tensions between the world’s two most populous countries.
For weeks, worries had been growing of a major conflict between the two nuclear powers, in what had developed into one of the worst border disputes between the countries in 30 years — punctuated by a rock-throwing, chest-bumping fracas between the Chinese and Indian soldiers.
Both sides agreed to give some ground …

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[18 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Andrew deGrandpre in The Washington Post, August 17 at 1:27 PM
China’s state news agency has faced criticism for publishing a video that features a caricature of an Indian man. (Xinhua News)
A state-run Chinese media agency faces growing backlash over its propaganda video demeaning India’s Sikh community, the latest development in what’s fast becoming a volatile border dispute between the two nuclear powers.
Titled “7 Sins of India,” the video features a Chinese actor, dressed in a turban and phony beard, reciting monosyllabic lines in English but in a manner Indians …

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[2 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Catherine Wong in South China Morning Post, Aug 2, 2017
The protracted border dispute between China and India in the Himalayas has created a “spillover effect” as China’s neighbours become unsettled by its tough handling of the escalating conflict between the two Asian giants, foreign policy experts have said.
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Indian counterpart Smt. Sushma Swaraj are scheduled to attend the Asean foreign ministers’ meeting in Manila later this week. And while the North Korean nuclear crisis and South China Sea disputes are expected to dominate …

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[31 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Minnie Chan in South China Morning Post, July 31, 2017
Raised border tensions between the two Asian giants could also threaten Beijing’s ambitious trade and infrastructure outreach plan, the “Belt and Road Initiative”, experts have warned.
Chinese and Indian troops have been locked in an eyeball-to-eyeball stand-off for over 40 days in a desolate region of the Himalayas that is also claimed by India’s ally Bhutan. Both sides blame each other for escalating the dispute by deploying troops in the area.
Macau-based military expert Antony Wong Dong warned that Beijing’s hardball politics …

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[8 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Saibal Dasgupta in The Times of India online, Jul 8, 2017 at 9.56 PM IST
BEIJING: China is trying to create political confusion in Bhutan ahead of the next general elections in the Himalayan kingdom, which is due next year, analysts said.
Beijing has strong reasons to force Bhutan to establish diplomatic relations with it even if it means trying to evoke fear by knocking at the kingdom’s border, and trying to influence the local political process as it has done in the case of Nepal, they said. Chinese troops had …

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[11 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

(The article was compiled based on a report by Beijing-based private strategic think tank Anbound)
China and India are two neighboring countries with the largest populations in the world, an unusual geographical phenomenon. With a population of 1.38 billion, China’s GDP grew 6.7 percent to more than $10 trillion in 2016, while the Indian Central Statistics Office estimated India’s GDP growth for the full fiscal 2016-17 at 7.1 per cent.
While Indian GDP may lag far behind, the country remains a potential emerging market that has high attractiveness for global capital. A …

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[30 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]

LAHORE: Billions of rupees have been pumped into the provincial police budget, but the rate of crime shows no signs of decreasing, reveals data available with The Express Tribune.
When compared to 2015, extortion cases have increased by a whopping 43% as have car snatchings and kidnappings, which are up 29% and 13%, respectively, in the first 11 months of 2016.
‘52,552 Karachiites fell victim to street crime in 2016’
As many as 21,363 incidents, including murder, robbery-murder, kidnapping for ransom, extortion, robbery, dacoity, car and bike snatching as well as street crime …

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[29 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar will chair a meeting of the National Finance Commission on Monday (today) — only a third in 20 months — in the absence of at least three provincial finance ministers.
The meeting comes amid provincial dem­ands for more power and resources. The Constitution requires the commission to submit two progress reports every year to parliament. The commission is also required to finalise its biannual report for the period ending June 30, 2016 and deliberate on four studies conducted by expert groups constituted by the 9th NFC …

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[29 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]

LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif yesterday included 11 new ministers in his cabinet, besides appointing four new advisers.
The total number of ministers in the provincial cabinet comes to 31 following the expansion which the analysts believe has been made keeping in view the next general elections.
Besides strengthening party position in some constituencies, the move also aims at preventing the disgruntled elements from joining other parties. Some of the new ministers were reportedly not happy with the leadership for being ignored for long.
Before the new inductions, the provincial cabinet …