CPEC envisages Sino-Pak security mechanism with country-wide surveillance

CPEC envisages Sino-Pak security mechanism with country-wide surveillance

By P.K.Balachandran/www.southasianmonitor.com Colombo, May 16 : A joint security mechanism against terrorism, including a pervasive country-wide surveillance system, is a key feature of the agreement between China and Pakistan on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Dawn reported in an exclusive piece on Monday. The document says that the two countries will “jointly prevent and crack down on terrorist acts that...

No talks on Hambantota port envisaged during Sri Lankan PM’s visit to China

No talks on Hambantota port envisaged during Sri Lankan PM’s visit to China

Colombo, May 17 (newin.asia): Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who will be in China on Saturday to attend the One Belt One Road Summit, will not be discussing the controversial Hambantota port issue with Chinese leaders, reliable sources said. The sources also said that Wickremesinghe will not be discussing the Sino-Lankan Free Trade Agreement either. Wickremesinghe has been talking...

Modi and Rajapaksa skip politics, talk about economic cooperation in a very friendly meeting

Modi and Rajapaksa skip politics, talk about economic cooperation in a very friendly meeting

EXCLUSIVE Colombo, May 12 (newsin.sia): In a “very friendly and cordial” half an hour’s meeting here late on Thursday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa completely skipped politics and spoke about forging close economic relations between the two countries, a well-placed source said. Contrary expectations, Rajapaksa did not voice any concerns about the recent...

Buddhism: Modi’s soft power and money spinner

Buddhism: Modi’s soft power and money spinner

Colombo, May 11: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a determined mission to use Buddhism, which had its birth in India and spread to other parts of South and East Asia from there, as a “soft power” to influence Buddhist countries in South and East Asia and to earn money by promoting “Buddhist tourism”, writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily Express....

India is 13 years behind China, but it could catch up

India is 13 years behind China, but it could catch up

Tim Worstall/Forbes London, May 11: This isn't the sort of thing anyone really wants to be told, that a place or country is some 13 years behind the great regional rival. But it is in fact true, as the Chinese Ambassador to India has pointed out, that India is about 13 years behind China in economic development. The reason given...

China bans religious names for Muslim babies in Xinkiang

China bans religious names for Muslim babies in Xinkiang

Hong Kong, April 25 (The Guardian): “If the government is serious about bringing stability and harmony to the region as it claims, it should roll back – not double down on – repressive policies.” Authorities in Xinjiang passed new legislation last month expanding restrictions, including allowing staff at train stations and airports to deny entry to women wearing face veils...

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