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Chinese Foreign Policy in Xi Jinping’s Second Term

Faisal Ahmed The 19th Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party was marked by events related to foreign policy. Party congress provided guidelines to the Chinese leadership to address areas relevant to foreign policy for: a) articulating Beijing’s viewpoint on evolving Asian and global diplomatic...

Terms of re-engagement

PAKISTAN-US relations have entered a new and tense phase following President Donald Trump’s harsh allegations and threats against Pakistan in August and Islamabad’s angry response. Both sides, however, appear inclined to re-engage with each other. The nature of the future relationship will be determined by...

Pakistan tells Afghan Taliban to ‘prepare’ for political dialogue

Pakistan has told the Afghan Taliban leadership to prepare a team for peace negotiations, a Taliban leader familiar with the development confirmed to Daily Times on Sunday. Pakistani officials conveyed the message to the Taliban leaders in a recent interaction. However, the Taliban leaders have...

Pakistan, Iran ink MoU to improve border security

Pakistan and Iran signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Sunday to foster improved border security management. It was inked during the 21st two-day meeting of Pak-Iran Joint Border Commission in Gwadar. The joint proposals pertaining to border situation, security matters, immigration and border trade between the...

Nuclear industry scrambles to avoid Euratom cliff edge

Britain’s nuclear industry is scrambling to understand the full consequences of leaving Europe’s nuclear regulation group Euratom amid growing fears that Britain may be heading towards a Brexit cliff edge. The withdrawal from Euratom, as part of the Brexit process, threatens to leave British firms...

Rahul taunts Modi on U.S. U-turn on Pakistan

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi over President Donald Trump’s U-turn regarding Pakistan and seemed to question the Modi government’s earlier claims of a “new phase in Indo-US relationship.” Tagging the U.S. President’s official twitter handle, Mr. Gandhi...

Putin Plans to Stay Long in Middle East

By Hussain Abid Russian President, Vladimir Putin, is proving himself to be a crafty and shrewd statesman. His two-decade rule has brought Russia not only internal stability, ridding it of petty squabbles, but has made it to reemerge as a major power in global politics....

Reviewing State of Pakistani Economy

Muhammad Faran Balance of Payments – 2M FY18 CAD at US$ 2.6bn As per latest data released, current account deficit clocked in at US$550mn in Aug’17 (Jul’17-Revised: S$2,051mn). For 2MFY18, the current account deficit level stood at US$2,601mn (up 102% YoY).Trade deficit for goods witnessed notable...

Oil Prices Rising Again

Muhammad Faran The oil price has risen slowly, but surely, during the last few weeks. Arab light is currently around $56. The recovery from last year’s slump was already underway from the beginning of 2017. The trajectory can be seen in the following graph: As can...

US Opposition to China-led Development Initiatives

Faisal Ahmed In a surprise development Trump administration, through U.S. Defence Secretary James Mattis, first time commented on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and China-led connectivity initiatives. Addressing questions on role of China at the U.S. Senate’s Armed Services Committee hearing on ‘Political and Security Situation in...
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