Should Afghanistan bank on China?

Afghanistan needs China’s financial resources, construction industry, and political leverage. China needs Afghanistan for regional stability. The two need to exploit their mutual need and build a strong partnership.]

With the recent surge in direct diplomacy and high level visits between China and Afghanistan there is an emerging hope amongst Afghans . . . → Read More: Should Afghanistan bank on China?

New Pakistani subs make India worried

A couple of weeks ago, after a visit to India, I wrote an op-ed for the Indian weekly Open with my impressions of the Indian strategic debate. The biggest take-away was how openly suspicious the Indians are about China and its intentions in the Indian Ocean.

That suspicion got another boost yesterday, with Islamabad announcing . . . → Read More: New Pakistani subs make India worried

The Prince’s uncomfortable tour to China

On Sunday evening, Prince William arrives in Beijing at the start of a three day visit to China.

At state level, the objective is to promote brand Britain, and at a personal level, it’s an opportunity to talk about his abiding passion: elephant protection.

But three days is a long time in royal diplomacy . . . → Read More: The Prince’s uncomfortable tour to China

China takes control of Gwadar Sea Port Pakistan

PAKISTAN is building a port at the south-western city of Gwadar on the mouth of the oil rich Persian Gulf. It provides an economical route for the flow of Central Asia’s natural resources to the world with easy access to the growing consumer markets of Asia. Gwadar facility is a hub port that will contribute . . . → Read More: China takes control of Gwadar Sea Port Pakistan

Pakistan, China – Shared goals and objectives

By Sakib Sherani

The prime minister’s recent visit to China yielded a rich harvest of agreements and contracts between the two sides. The bulk of these agreements centred on ‘investment’ by Chinese companies in energy projects in Pakistan. Not surprisingly, the government’s PR team went into overdrive extolling how the agreements would be a “game-changer” . . . → Read More: Pakistan, China – Shared goals and objectives

FORK TONGUED PALEFACES

Bruce Riedel, a former CIA man and now affiliated with a Washington think-tank is no friend of Pakistan. This much was always clear from his writings. Now an article written by him and published in India’s Hindustan Times seems to indicate that he is no friend of India’s either. What he has proposed as an . . . → Read More: FORK TONGUED PALEFACES

US declares Pakistan’s Karachi and Lahore Urdu baraz piracy free

NEW YORK: US Trade Representative Michael Froman has announced to remove two Pakistani Urdu bazaars from the annual list of “notorious” marketplaces, online and physical marketplaces that “reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial piracy and counterfeiting.”

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… And we thought Sochi 2014 was “gay-free”

Ari-Pekka Liukkonen of Finland. (Daniel Mihailescu/Getty Images)

On Sunday the world gained another openly gay Olympic athlete: Ari-Pekka Liukkonen of Finland.

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The idealist utopia, crushing Asian children

Bollywood’s biggest international success, after many expensive and absurd attempts to break through abroad, was the 2009 film “3 Idiots.” Based on a novel by the Indian writer Chetan Bhagat, the movie follows three engineering students struggling to realize their deepest desires against the punitive strictures of teachers and parents.

Meeting young people from . . . → Read More: The idealist utopia, crushing Asian children

China’s cyber attack on Australia’s spy headquarters

Despite sophisticated cyber defences, the layout and location of computer networks inside Canberra’s spy agency are now reportedly in the hands of hackers.

The cyber attack on one of the construction contractors of the Australia Security Intelligence Organisation building came from a server traced to China, Australian media reported Monday.

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