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China forbids its residents from discussing the protests in Pakistan. Political uprising is a touchy subject.
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China forbids its residents from discussing the protests in Pakistan. Political uprising is a touchy subject.

Pakistan's political turmoil over Imran Khan's arrest hasn’t left Chinese citizens unscathed. Police in Karachi had to intervene to stop an attack on Chinese workers. China is silent on the political turmoil in Pakistan. The Chinese ministry deleted a “racist” video mocking Indians. US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and China’s Director of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi had a meeting in Vienna. Chinascope delves into China’s reaction to the protests in Pakistan. China over the weekWhile the political unrest in Pakistan was a major headline in India, it did not receive much attention from Chinese state media and social media platforms like Weibo. According to Hu Shisheng, director of the South Asia Institute of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, the curre
Why does China not protest the arrest of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran? Is the pandemonium a Beijing-planned one?
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Why does China not protest the arrest of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran? Is the pandemonium a Beijing-planned one?

It is worth mentioning the $50 billion Pakistan component of Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative -- has not progressed well under the Imran Khan government. And, China believes if Imran Khan's government again came into power, it would be tough to negotiate with the cricketer-turned-politician. Pakistan has been on the toil for more than a year now. The trail of doom started way back in April last year when then-Prime Minister Imran Khan was ousted from the Parliament through a no-confidence motion. The matter escalated further in November last year when the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chief circumvented an assassination attempt during a public rally. This triggered massive protests where his supporters torched public properties worth millions of dollars. All the mess erupted at a time ...
The water situation in South Asia is exacerbated by politics
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The water situation in South Asia is exacerbated by politics

Political leaders refuse to take measures to conserve water for fear of losing votes The White House Action Plan on Global Water Security by the Joe Biden administration says the water stress in South Asia creates challenges for farming, energy production, and access to clean water and sanitation. Pakistan recently gained global attention due to a massive flood, but it is also facing a serious water crisis, ranking 14 out of 17 extremely high-water-risk countries. The largest country in the region, India, has 18 per cent of the world’s population but about 4 per cent of its freshwater resources. The Indian government policy think-tank Niti Ayog’s report in 2018 showed that 600 million Indians face high to extreme high-water stress, and 200,000 die every year due to lack of safe wate
Is Egypt planning to swap debt with China for strategic assets?
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Is Egypt planning to swap debt with China for strategic assets?

Has Egypt joined Sri Lanka and other countries that have swapped their debts with China for their strategic assets? Although the Chinese Foreign Ministry denied any knowledge about it, a local news website Arabi21.com has reported that Cairo is in discussion with Beijing for swapping a part of the US$8 billion loan it took from China for properties like ports and airports owned by it. The Egypt-based news website said the process of discussion between Egypt and China had begun in August 2022 when an Egyptian delegation went to Switzerland to meet with a Chinese delegation to negotiate swapping of Chinese debt on Cairo for strategic assets. Arabi21.com has linked these negotiations between Cairo and Beijing with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s statement that he gave after t
India’s digitalization has the world enthralled: EAM Jaishankar
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India’s digitalization has the world enthralled: EAM Jaishankar

Six crore people have access to internet in 2014. It is 80 crore today. It increased from six to 80. There were 25 crore internet users. Today, it is 85 crores. In this nation, we have installed a 25 lakh kilometer optical fiber network, according to Jaishankar. On Sunday, S. Jaishankar, the minister of external affairs, said that India's digitalization is a global phenomenon. "Why is India so fascinating to the rest of the world? Today? The EAM made this statement while speaking with intellectuals in Dharwad, Karnataka. "It is in the digitisation of India," he remarked. Six crore people have access to internet in 2014. It is 80 crore today. It increased from six to 80. There were 25 crore internet users. Today, it is 85 crores. In this nation, we have installed optical fiber cable ...
As the football investigation develops, a top Chinese sports official faces corruption charges.
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As the football investigation develops, a top Chinese sports official faces corruption charges.

According to a statement made on Saturday by the Communist Party's top anti-corruption organization, one of China's top sports leaders is under investigation on suspicion of wrongdoing.Du Zhaocai, the deputy chairman of China's General Administration of Sport, is being investigated for alleged breaches of discipline and law, which is a code word for corruption, according to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.There were no more case specifics provided in the statement.The party's decision to conduct a "serious investigation" into the Du Zhaocai case and its attempts to "seriously investigate corruption issues" in the sport were both fully backed by the sports administrator, according to a statement that was subsequently released. Li Tie, the former coach of the men's natio...
The public sector demands greater political participation for women.
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The public sector demands greater political participation for women.

Women's participation in positions at the House has increased over the past 24 years in Indonesia, but the percentage has never surpassed the required 30%. Whether it has to do with the underrepresentation of women in politics or ingrained prejudice at the House of Representatives, civil society organizations are asking for an atmosphere that is more supportive of boosting women's involvement in politics and lowering any preconceptions stopping it. At a live-streamed talk in Jakarta over the weekend, Nurul Amalia Salabi, a scholar at the Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem), stated that finding more female candidates for the country's parliamentary and administrative bodies has continued to be a struggle. "By requiring a minimum 30 percent limit for women participat...
If there is disagreement between Putin and Xi
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If there is disagreement between Putin and Xi

Putin soon retracts his promise to Xi that he would not use nuclear weapons overseas, but a fresh Sino-Soviet rift is not imminent. When Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin met last month in Moscow, China delivered a clear warning to Russia about its nuclear threats towards Ukraine. In a joint declaration, Putin, who has previously threatened to deploy nuclear weapons in retribution for numerous wartime escalations, agreed that they should not be used. At least for a few hours, he did. China and Russia pledged that "All nuclear-weapon states should refrain from deploying nuclear weapons abroad," which was one of the commitments highlighted. However, as soon as Xi had departed Moscow, Putin disregarded the agreement and declared intentions to deplo...
Between the USA and China, negative political and economic trends are developing.
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Between the USA and China, negative political and economic trends are developing.

The recent official visit by the Chinese president to Russia and his talks with Russian President Putin have only served to highlight Beijing's rise as a great power with sway that now extends well beyond Asia. The visit appears to have been "refracted through a prism of both nations' mutual antagonism toward the United States," according to analyst Stephen Collinson, and "Washington, watching carefully from the sidelines, poured scorn on the idea of China as a peacemaker in Ukraine." But it is undeniable that the United States now faces a significant foreign policy challenge in a scenario where strategic experts believe that attempts are being made to undermine the current international order through the restructuring of it. Collinson claims that the White House launched a public rela...
Asia will be the first region to be affected by Xi’s journey to Russia.
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Asia will be the first region to be affected by Xi’s journey to Russia.

There has already been a recalibration in Japan and Central Asia. Xi Jinping's final remarks to Vladimir Putin were significant and foreboding. On Wednesday, as his visit to Moscow came to a close, China's leader informed the Russian president, "A change is coming that we haven't seen in a hundred years, and we're driving this change together." The vows of affinity sparked concern in the West about a potential new anti-Western coalition and what it might imply for the Ukraine conflict. However, Asia will be the region that will experience the effects of Xi's stay and the growing Chinese-Russian partnership first. In reality, the process of recalibration has already begun. Two events that happened on the same day that Xi arrived in Moscow provide a preview of how the political lan...