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  • Pakistan: Gwadar port sealed off to protect Chinese firms0

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    • December 25, 2020

    asiatimes.com Pakistan government plans to fence off entire 24-square-kilometer seaport after attacks on Chinese interests By FM SHAKIL DECEMBER 25, 2020 PESHAWAR – Amid growing security concerns in Pakistan’s restive province of Balochistan, authorities plan to fence off the entire 24-square-kilometer area surrounding the Gwadar seaport to secure what they call the “crown jewel” of the

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  • Suu Kyi a lone winner of Myanmar’s landslide polls0

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    • November 10, 2020

      Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD routed all electoral rivals but Myanmar is not necessarily headed in a more democratic direction By DAVID SCOTT MATHIESON NOVEMBER 10, 2020 Aung San Suu Kyi supporters rally in Yangon on November 9, 2020. Image: AFP Forum CHIANG MAI – Myanmar’s November 8 elections exceeded all expectations with a massive

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  • Separatists in Pakistan target Chinese developments: Up to 15,000 troops protecting Chinese personnel working on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor0

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    • October 26, 2020

    By FM SHAKIL OCTOBER 21, 2020 Pakistani naval personnel stand guard near a ship carrying containers at the Gwadar port, 700kms west of Karachi, where a trade program between Pakistan and China operates. Photo: AFP/Aamir Qureshi PESHAWAR – The killing of 14 soldiers of the Pakistan army and private security agencies last week in mineral-rich Balochistan

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  • India risks losing its military hold on Maldives: Anti-Indian sentiment is surging in island-nation over Delhi’s creeping military presence and perceptions of big brother bullying0

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    • October 10, 2020

    by Seema Sengupta October 3, 2020 https://asiatimes.com/2020/10/india-risks-losing-its-military-hold-on-maldives/ India has a long-standing strategic relationship with neighboring Maldives that is now under threat amid a surge in anti-Indian sentiment. Image: Facebook CALCUTTA – When India dispatched a battalion of para-commandos to neighboring Maldives to put down an attempted coup in November 1988, the intervening soldiers were by and large

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  • Another assets scandal, more silence by Pakistani elite0

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    • September 5, 2020

    Asia Times Despite documentary evidence, mainstream media allege an Indian conspiracy against CPEC by Imad Zafar September 2, 2020 The family of retired Lieutenant-General Asim Saleem Bajwa, shown here at a press conference in 2016, allegedly has a business empire overseas. Metin Aktas / Anadolu Agency On August 27, Pakistani investigative journalist Ahmad Noorani dropped

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  • Russia may be withholding missile deliveries to China0

    Asia Times Moscow has reputedly stalled on shipping S-400 mobile missile defense systems to Beijing as ties strained by various controversies by Frank Chen July 29, 2020 The Russian-made S-400 missile system in a file photo. Image: Twitter Are cracks appearing in Russia-China ties after the People’s Liberation Army’s border skirmishes with India and an

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  • Did India attack China by proxy in Pakistan?0

    Balochistan Liberation Army’s recent attack on Pakistan’s China-run stock exchange reputedly orchestrated by Delhi to hit Beijing by FM Shakil July 29, 2020 Balochistan Liberation Army fighters at an undisclosed location in a file photo. The group recently claimed responsibility for a June 29 attack on Pakistan’s stock market in Karachi. Photo: AFP PESHAWAR –

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  • Iran jolts India to activate US sanctions loophole0

    Tehran threatens to pass over India for China, seeking to reactivate the Chabahar port investment project by Kaveh Afrasiabi July 24, 2020   Asia Times Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inspects a guard of honor during a ceremonial reception at the Indian Presidential palace in New Delhi on February 17, 2018. Photo: Money Sharma/AFP Earlier this month,

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  • Territorial nationalism a dead end for Modi0

    Indian leader seems incapable of differentiating his domestic popularity and strategic decision-making by Bhim Bhurtel July 8, 2020 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to troops during his visit to Nimu in the territory of Ladakh. Photo: AFP / Indian Press Information Bureau The Indian press reported that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) fell

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  • ASEAN finally pushes back on China’s sea claims0

    Regional grouping fires salvo at China with new insistence South China Sea disputes must be settled as US demands under UNCLOS by Richard Javad Heydarian June 30, 2020 An Indonesian officer on guard in front of a naval vessel in a file photo. Photo: Twitter MANILA – In a sign of rising resistance to China’s

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  • Exclusive: Leader of Pakistani Kashmir speaks out0

    Farooq Haider Khan on Ladakh crisis, Covid-19, and Pakistan’s failed foreign policy In an Asia Times exclusive, Imdar Zafar speaks to Raja Farooq Haider Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistani Kashmir, on the standoff between India and China in Ladakh, the Kashmir issue and other pressing issues. by Imad Zafar May 31, 2020 Raja Farooq Haider Khan is

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  • Indian Navy benefits from Pentagon paranoia over China1

    US government in a hurry to get new sub-hunting helicopters into the hands of the Indian Navy by Dave Makichuk May 20, 2020 To say the Pentagon is concerned about China’s military expansion would be an understatement — just ask the Indian Navy. According to a report by Paul McLeary for Breaking Defense, the US

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  • Covid-19 tilts the future toward Asia1

    Asia returns to work while America struggles to regain its footing in what looks like a historical tipping point by Scott Foster May 14, 2020 Test and you will find not only more Covid-19 infections but also so wide a gap between successful responses to the virus in East Asia and catastrophic ones in the

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  • Why East beat West on Covid-190

    East Asia has handled and contained the pandemic far better than the West on nearly all metrics by Andrew Salmon May 15, 2020 Perhaps the most startling trend visible in the global Covid-19 pandemic is the vast differential separating East Asia from the West when it comes to the disease’s impact. The chasm is visible

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