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China’s debt-trap diplomacy

China’s debt-trap diplomacy

By Brahma Chellaney/Project Syndicate If there is one thing at which China’s leaders truly excel, it is the use of economic tools to advance their country’s geostrategic interests. Through its $1 trillion “one belt, one road” initiative, China is supporting infrastructure projects in strategically located developing countries, often by extending huge loans to their governments. As a result, countries are...

China acquiring lands and businesses in Pakistan in a big way

China acquiring lands and businesses in Pakistan in a big way

Karachi, February 6 (Reuters): Chinese companies are in talks to snap up more businesses and land in Pakistan after sealing two major deals in recent months, a sign of deepening ties after Beijing vowed to plough $57 billion into a new trade route across the South Asian nation. A dozen executives from some of Pakistan's biggest firms told Reuters that...

Bollywood blockbuster Raees banned in Pakistan saying it “portrays Muslims as criminals”

Bollywood blockbuster Raees banned in Pakistan saying it “portrays Muslims as criminals”

Lahore, February 6 (Dawn): Rumours of Mahira-SRK starrer Raees releasing in Pakistan were ripe this past week. However, as per latest reports from the Censor Board, the film will not be releasing here because it allegedly portrays Muslims as criminals. "The content undermines Islam, and a specific religious sect, portraying Muslims as criminals, wanted persons and terrorists," a Censor Board...

Wigneswaran skirts issue of LTTE atrocities against Muslims in call to join Eluga Tamil rally

Wigneswaran skirts issue of LTTE atrocities against Muslims in call to join Eluga Tamil rally

Colombo, February 6 (The New Indian Express): The Chief Minister of the Tamil-majority Northern Province of Sri Lanka, C.V.Wigneswaran, brazenly skirted the issue of the LTTE’s atrocities against the Tamil-speaking Muslims of the Northern and Eastern Provinces in 1990, in his appeal to the Muslims to join the “Eluga Tamil” rally which his organization, the Tamil Peoples’ Council (TPC), is...

Sri Lankan PM to visit China in May, FTA likely to be finalised

Colombo, Feb 6 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is expected to lead a delegation to China in May in order to attend a summit on the 'One Belt One Road' initiative, government sources said. During the summit, the Prime Minister is also expected to finalize discussions on a Free Trade Agreement with China. Sri Lanka and China...

Chennai-based NGO helps Sri Lankan Tamil returnees face challenges of resettlement

Chennai-based NGO helps Sri Lankan Tamil returnees face challenges of resettlement

Kilinochchi, February 5 (The New Indian Express): A Chennai-based outfit, Organization for Elangai Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR), is helping Sri Lankan Tamil refugees who have returned to their original homes in north Sri Lanka, to overcome the many difficulties they face in re-settling in their homeland. Though the returnees are in no doubt about the correctness of their decision to come...

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