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Points to ponder over Big Power connectivity projects

Asian rivals China and India are busy putting together intercontinental connectivity projects to enhance their economic and strategic power well beyond their borders, in pursuance of the goal to be the new Big Powers in the 21st Century aptly named the “Asian Century”, writes P.K.Balachandran in DailyFT.. China is touting its humongous One Belt One Road (OBOR) global connectivity project...

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Hambantota port to be part of China’s One Belt One Road project: CMPort official

Colombo, July 29 ( Sri Lanka and China on Saturday signed an amended agreement on further building and running the controversial Hambantota port in South Sri Lanka. While Sri Lanka’s Ports Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe hailed the agreement as one which would help Sri Lanka financially, the Executive  Vice President of the partner company China Merchant Group (CMG), Dr.Hu Jianhua, said...

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Pakistan Supreme Court disqualifies Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar

Islamabad, July 28:  In a landmark ruling on the Panamagate case, the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for not being honest to the nation and the courts. Sharif has since resigned. The court also removed Finance Minister Ishaq Dar from his office as he knew about Prime Minister Sharif's financial dealings. Dar, who was...

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Western countries alarmed by closure of Maldives’ parliament

Colombo, July 27 ( The Embassies of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the European Union Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, are “alarmed”  by the “forcible closure” of the country’s Majlis or parliament. But the Deputy Speaker of the Maldivian parliament, Moosa Maniku, said that the military...

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Debacle in Doklam reveals serious flaws in India’s “Neighborhood First” policy

The unfolding realities underlying the Sino-Indian standoff over the border in Doklam are clearly bringing out serious flaws in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Neighborhood First” policy, writes P.K.Balachandran in The “Neighborhood First’ policy enunciated in 2014 as India’s new foreign policy “mantra” has not achieved what it was meant to achieve. Instead of generating friendly feelings towards India, with...

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