#PAFisTooCool gets JF-17 orders at #ParisAirShow

After high expectations for a deal to pull through, Pakistan was successful in securing its first ever export order for its JF-17 Thunder fighter on Monday at the first day of the International Paris Air Show.

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Drones monitor entrance exams in China

Chinese students sat the annual make-or-break university entrance exams on Monday, with officials deploying drones or high-tech radio surveillance trucks at schools across the country to try and curb increasingly sophisticated cheating methods.

Nearly 10 million students will sit the crucially important two-day exam, known as the gaokao — or “high test”.

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Roy castigates IIT-Madras for repressing student group

Author and activist Arundhati Roy has come out in support of the student group banned by IIT-Madras on the charge of inciting “hatred” against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Hindus, saying it had “touched a nerve” by making the connection between big business and casteism.

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CPEC – An Appraisal

I delivered a talk on China-Pakistan Energy Corridor and its ramifications at Thinkers Forum Pakistan on May 31, 2015, chaired by Air Chief Marshal (retd) Kaleem Saadat and attended by Lt Gen (retd) Lodhi, and members both from civil and military. After the talk, there was long question/answer session followed by summing up by the . . . → Read More: CPEC – An Appraisal

CPEC – Challenges and prospects

The government and the opposition parties are set to clinch a deal on the China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) routes as backchannel contacts have yielded positive results.Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that there were no differences, but ‘misunderstandings’ among the parties.

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Syria may be Saudi Arabia’s next target

In a heated exchange at the United Nations on April 21, Riyadh’s representative,Abdallah al-Mouallimi, made a thinly veiled reference to the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen before saying that Saudi Arabia will spare no effort to also help the Syrian people. This provoked a sharp response from Syria’s ambassador to the UN, Bashar . . . → Read More: Syria may be Saudi Arabia’s next target

Pakistan Air Force to get 110 JF-17s from China

What is the real annual production capacity of Pakistan’s military aircraft industry?

China will sell 110 JF-17s Thunder fighter jets to Pakistan, the Economic Times reported.

The Economic Times cites Radio Pakistan as a source, which announced that Beijing will deliver the first patch of 50 planes over the . . . → Read More: Pakistan Air Force to get 110 JF-17s from China

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.

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