A sense of fear and terror looms around the last eve of 2015

Disrupted terrorist plots. Increased police presence. Warnings to stay alert.

Fears of terrorism and stepped-up security provide a sobering backdrop to planned New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world.

In the United States, federal and local security officials are tightening security in high-profile locations, including New York’s Times Square and the . . . → Read More: A sense of fear and terror looms around the last eve of 2015

Has Modi visit to Lahore made a difference?

In “The Art of War,” Sun Tzu wrote that “the key to victory is the ability to use surprise tactics.”

India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, is a man who knows how to spring diplomatic surprises.

He bookended 2015 with them.

In January, Mr. Modi broke with protocol to meet U.S. president, Barack Obama, on the . . . → Read More: Has Modi visit to Lahore made a difference?

China backs India, Pakistan NSA meetings

China on Monday commended the meeting of the national security advisors of Pakistan and India, saying that it is pleased to see both the countries restart the dialogue process to improve ties.

“As a friend and neighbour to Pakistan and India, we are pleased to see the momentum of the improvement and commend the efforts . . . → Read More: China backs India, Pakistan NSA meetings

Finally male rape a crime in China

The sexual assault on men is now a crime after China effected an amendment to the criminal law.

Indecent or sexual assault on others, men or women, now carries a minimum sentence of five years in prison. In the former law, the clause “others” meant only “women”. The amendment was passed by the top legislature . . . → Read More: Finally male rape a crime in China

Earthquake – China offers help to Pakistan and Afghanistan

The magnitude-7.5 earthquake hit Hindu Kush mountain range in northern Afghanistan on Monday in which over 300 people were killed in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Condoling the loss of lives in the powerful 7.5 magnitude quake that ravaged parts ofAfghanistan and Pakistan, Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged assistance to both countries in providing relief to . . . → Read More: Earthquake – China offers help to Pakistan and Afghanistan

The future is bright for Pakistan

The most important thing by far about Pakistan may seem so obvious as to be scarcely worth remarking. Yet it defies the predictions of several leading “experts” on Pakistan (both Pakistani and western) over the past four decades: Pakistan is still there.

In the Arab world, states have fallen in rows as a result . . . → Read More: The future is bright for Pakistan

Chinese investment of Rs 50 billion to help Pak poultry

Pakistan’s poultry sector investments are expected to gain momentum as China is looking to enter the local market by injecting an estimated Rs50 billion worth of investment in the coming years, said Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA) Chairman Mustafa Kamal.

While addressing a press conference on Monday, Kamal said that chicken meat was the best option . . . → Read More: Chinese investment of Rs 50 billion to help Pak poultry

China’s advice to Pakistan and India: Talk not fight

“Closely following” Indo-Pak border tensions, China today called on both countries to exercise restraint and “manage” their differences through dialogue.

“China is following the developing situation closely,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing here.

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India’s Asia problem

Many observers tend to assume that India will play a large and growing part as a great power in a wider ‘Indo-Pacific’ strategic system, that it will use its growing power to balance and limit China’s regional weight. But some caution is called for — although this outcome is possible, it is far from inevitable.

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Warning bells for India as population boom persists

India is set to overtake China and become the world’s most populous country in less than a decade — six years sooner than previously forecast, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

Fast-growing Nigeria is on course to outstrip the United States by about 2050 to become the country with the third largest population, the United . . . → Read More: Warning bells for India as population boom persists