China proposes India-China-Nepal talks to solve issues

China proposes India-China-Nepal talks to solve issues

Nepalese officials say that the Chinese side proposed India-China-Nepal talks to resolve thorny issues. Called the “two-plus one” mechanism, it was proposed by China during Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s visit to Beijing in June this year.“We welcome the two- plus-one format as we are confident that such a dialogue will be conducted in a spirit of equality and mutual respect,” Shakti Bahadur Basnet, Nepal’s Minister of Forests and Environment, earlier told The Hindu.

China learns badly needed conventional warfare skills from Russian army

China learns badly needed conventional warfare skills from Russian army

“In the past decade, China-Russia military drills mainly focused on anti-terrorism and other non-traditional threats,” Major Li Jinpeng, the battalion commander for a Chinese artillery battalion, told Chinese state-run broadcaster CGTN, noting that these exercises appear focused on classical battle campaigns. A military researcher told Chinese media that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army could learn from Russia how to “fight in cities, in deserts, and in mountains.” China,unlike Russia, has not fought a modern war since 1979.

Interracial marriages between Africans and Chinese on the rise as one million Chinese live in Africa

Interracial marriages between Africans and Chinese on the rise as one million Chinese live in Africa

“Forty years ago, it was all but impossible for a foreign man or woman to live in China, let alone marry a Chinese,”Al Jazeera’s Adrian Brown of Al Jazeera observed. “But today, marriages like this are no longer exceptional … marrying a foreigner is no longer regarded as marrying down in the way it perhaps once was here.”

Sri Lanka’s Southern Expressway laps up the miles

Sri Lanka’s Southern Expressway laps up the miles

According to A.P.K. Abeydheera, Project Director/ Southern Expressway (Phase 4), after the completion of the Southern Expressway up to Mattala, a commuter who gets into the Expressway from Kottawa near Colombo can reach the pilgrimage town of Kataragama in 3 hours, covering roughly 260 kms.

“The Mattala-Lunugamvehera Road is also being done up as a four-lane road. Travelling down South will be very easy in the future, with the completion of the entire stretch,” he said.

China gives Nepal access to four of its ports to reduce dependence on India

China gives Nepal access to four of its ports to reduce dependence on India

Wedged between China and India, Nepal depends heavily on India for the supply of essential goods including fuel and the use of its ports for trade with other countries. Kathmandu has sought access to Chinese ports to reduce dependence on India since a prolonged blockade of its border crossings with India in 2015 and 2016 left the country short of fuel and medicine for several months, reports Reuters.

Chinese enters Lankan market as a language of communication

Chinese enters Lankan market as a language of communication

Is Chinese beginning to replace Tamil in promoting products or serving customers in the Sri Lankan market? Looking at the Anchor butter packet being sold in the Sri Lankan market one might begin to think so.Packets of Anchor butter, imported from Fonterra Brands in New Zealand, now carry information in English, Sinhala and Chinese but not Tamil, though the latter is one of the official languages of Sri Lanka. And Chinese is given precedence over Sinhala which is the language of more than 75% of Sri Lanka’ population. This is leading people using the social media to ask if Chinese is in the process of replacing the local languages. Minister of Official Languages Mano Ganeshan said he is not against the inclusion of Chinese but it should not replace local languages.

Myanmar drastically scales down China funded and executed Kyauk Pyu port project

Myanmar drastically scales down China funded and executed Kyauk Pyu port project

The initial $7.3 billion price tag on the Kyauk Pyu deepwater port, on the western tip of Myanmar’s conflict-torn Rakhine state, set off alarm bells due to reports of troubled Chinese-backed projects in Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The revised cost would be “around $1.3 billion, something that’s much more plausible for Myanmar’s use”, said Sean Turnell, the Australian economic advisor to Myanmar’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.