Wednesday , 18 October 2017

Foreign Affairs

President Xi wants to make China corruption free

China’s Xi vows to carry on anti-corruption crusade Chinese President Xi Jinping opened a critical Communist Party congress with a pledge to continue his anti-corruption campaign that has made him many powerful enemies over the past five years. Xi’s wide-ranging speech on Wednesday kicked off the twice-a-decade congress, a week-long, mostly closed-door conclave that will culminate with the selection of a new …

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Russians not ready to replace Putin with a female president

Russians not ready to replace Putin with a female president

While reports that the Kremlin is looking to throw at least one female candidate into the mix for next year’s presidential election continue, polls show no woman is likely to unseat President Vladimir Putin, as most Russians still want a man as head of state in the near future. A majority of Russians (53 percent) do not want to see a female …

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Peace and stability in Afghanistan – China

China ready to work for Afghan peace, stability China will take some ‘major steps’ towards reviving the Afghan reconciliation process and has made its due contribution in this regard, a Chinese official said on Monday. Yao Wen, a councilor at Asian Affairs Department of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, told Asian countries journalists, that political negotiations were the only solution to …

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USA’s issues with CPEC

Why is US against CPEC? Pak-US relations have been marred by mistrust and suspicions. However, this bilateral relationship is witnessing another downward tendency since Donald Trump became US President. The latest developments including that of US refusing to pay $350 million in military aid to Pakistan in July this year on the grounds that the South Asian country is not …

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Is Taj Mahal going to be replaced with a Hindu temple?

Is Taj Mahal going to be replace with a Hindu temple?

Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary, a cabinet minister in Uttar Pradesh, has said that the Taj Mahal was “rightly kept out” of the tourism booklet recently released the Yogi Adityanath government, and the 17th century monument “should instead be replaced with the Guru Gorakhnath peeth.” Speaking on the controversial omission, Chaudhary said that the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Uttar Pradesh was “rashtravadi (nationalist)” and runs on …

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Afghanistan Contact Group meetings in Moscow, Beijing

SCO Afghanistan Contact group meets in Moscow, next session in Beijing After a seven-year pause, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) resumed its Afghanistan Contact Group meeting, which was hosted by Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by the SCO member-states at the deputy foreign ministerial level. As SCO observer-state, the Afghan delegation was led by …

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USA, Pakistan start rebuilding their damaged ties

USA, Pakistan start rebuilding their damaged ties

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Chaudhry said on Wednesday Pakistan and the United States have started to engage at various levels to overcome the stalemate in ties caused by the new South Asia strategy, and hoped the two countries would be able to clear misgivings between them. “No doubt, the relationship has seen many ups and downs in …

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Prepare for another Trump Iran blunder

Prepare for another Trump Iran blunder

President Donald Trump is planning to decertify Iranian compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the Washington Post reported. If fully honored, that agreement would prevent Iran from ever acquiring nuclear weapons. However, the specifics of what the United States would or and would not do, especially regarding the re-imposition of sanctions, will have to await the president’s planned …

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Part priest, Part CM… “secular India’s” politics

A part-time chief minister Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that he would be taking five days off in a month to attend to his duties as head priest of the Gorakhnath Temple. Television networks ran this part of his speech only once. Either the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) forced the channels to take the story off or …

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Pakistan and China ignore US objections on CPEC

Pakistan and China ignore US objections on CPEC

Pakistan and China have strongly dismissed a statement from the American defence chief that the multibillion-dollar road and rail network, which is part of China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, passes through a disputed territory. US Defence Secretary James Mattis, who was testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, apparently tried to appease India, which has long claimed that Gilgit-Baltistan …

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