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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...

Trump Is Going to Make a Huge Mistake on the Iran Deal

President Trump is expected this week to refuse to recertify that Iran is complying with the 2015 nuclear deal, a milestone diplomatic agreement that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Mr. Trump seems poised to take that action despite the reality that Iran is...

US-Turkey row escalates with tit-for-tat travel and visa restrictions

The US and Turkey have imposed travel restrictions on each other’s citizens in an escalating diplomatic spat that highlights worsening relations between Ankara and its western allies. Washington said late on Sunday it was suspending the processing of all non-immigrant visas in Turkey due to “recent events”...

Germany: Merkel agrees to 200,000 refugees cap in bid to build coalition

Angela Merkel has agreed to cap the number of refugees Germany accepts at 200,000 annually in a concession to her conservative Bavarian allies that has overcome the first hurdle to coalition talks with other parties. The Christian Social Union (CSU), sister party to the German chancellor’s...

North Korean Leader Hails Nuclear Arsenal as ‘Powerful Deterrent’

he North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has vowed to build up his country’s nuclear arsenal as a “powerful deterrent” to the United States, state media reported, hours after President Trump said that “only one thing will work” in dealing with the isolated country. Mr. Kim...

Pakistan no more reliant on US for military needs: Prime Minister Abbasi

Pakistan is no more reliant on the United States for military requirements and will reach out to others if one source dries up, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbas said in an interview with the Arab News. "If one source dries up, we have no option but...

Pakistan rejects US objection on CPEC route

Pakistan has strongly rejected US objections on China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’, in which China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a flagship project. Reacting to US Defence Secretary James Mattis reservations over CPEC route, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said, “CPEC is a project for development...

CPEC passes through disputed territory: US

The Trump administration has informed Congress that it too believes the China-Pakistan Econo­mic Corridor (CPEC) passes through a disputed territory — originally an India claim aimed at thwarting the development plan. The $56 billion CPEC passes through Pakis­t­an’s northern areas, which India claims is part...

Pakistan attempts to restart Afghan peace process

Pakistan is trying to restart the quadrilateral peace process for ending the Afghan war and has asked the group members to meet in Muscat, Oman, on Oct 16. Afghanistan, the United States, China and Pakistan are members of the group. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif told VOA...

Kurdish Referendum in Iraq

Iraqi Kurds voted in a very controversial non-binding referendum to split from Baghdad on 25 September. 72 percent out of the 8.4 million strong Kurdish population partook in the referendum and 92.7 percent voted ‘yes’. Iraqi central government under Haider al-Abadi has refused to...
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