China to support UN listing of terrorist Masood Azar only if Pakistan consents

China to support UN listing of terrorist Masood Azar only if Pakistan consents

China, in its statement, said that since Pakistan didn’t agree with India on this issue, there is no “consensus” between the two directly affected parties. Beijing made it clear that China will support the issue only if Pakistan agrees with India. “If all parties come to a consensus, we will support it. But it is the parties that are rightly concerned who are not coming around to the same conclusion, like India and Pakistan don’t have the same conclusions,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on on Friday.

China hopes for “continuity and stability” in Maldives

China hopes for “continuity and stability” in Maldives

China on Tuesday called for “continuity and stability” in the Maldives after Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the leader of an opposition that has vowed to review Chinese projects, defeated incumbent president Abdulla Yameen in a weekend election.Before the election, the Maldives opposition said it would review China’s investments in its Belt and Road infrastructure initiative, partly out of concern over terms, as experts have warned that the archipelago risked falling into a debt trap.

Our natural partners are countries like India, says Maldivian leader Mohamed Nasheed

Our natural partners are countries like India, says Maldivian leader Mohamed Nasheed

In an interview to Meera Srinivasan of The Hindu after the Maldivian Presidential election in which the Joint Opposition candidate Ibrahim Solih defeated the incumbent Abdulla Yameen, Nasheed said: “ If countries don’t have transparent bidding and are unwilling to engage with democratic processes, we cannot engage [with them]. Our natural partners are countries like India. We have the same films, songs, books and food.” He was contrasting India with China without naming the latter, when asked about the fate of Chinese projects which he had alleged, would push the Maldives into a debt trap.

China warns US of counter measures to stem sanctions for buying weapons from Russia

China warns US of counter measures to stem sanctions for buying weapons from Russia

China summoned the American ambassador and the defense attache and recalled its navy commander from a U.S. trip to deliver a strong protest against economic sanctions Washington lodged over the purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missile equipment. “We demand that the U.S. immediately correct the mistake and revoke the so-called sanctions, otherwise the U.S. must bear the consequences,” the Chinese Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Reasons why India lags behind China in border roads construction

Reasons why India lags behind China in border roads construction

Initially India’s policy was not to construct roads on the India-China border in order to stem quick movement of invading Chinese troops. Later this policy was revised as China began to improve its roads and other communication facilities vastly. But the progress on the Indian side has been slow for want of funds and other difficulties generally faced by lndian infrastructure projects, writes Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan in The Diplomat.

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