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China: A Paper Tiger With a Burgeoning Yet Erratic Economy

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Viewpoint by Jonathan Power - IDN-InDepthNews

How far behind the West is China? Is its economy still booming so it could within 20 years overtake America? Is its military becoming of such a strength it will take the big decision to confront the U.S. navy in the South China Sea?

While it is obvious that the Chinese leadership is much more farsighted and cautious than, say, Donald Trump, can one conclude with 100 % certainty that potentially dangerous clashes won’t occur?

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The Flagging Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

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The US Election And Free Trade Politics

By Dr Binoy Kampmark

Being savaged by Donald J. Trump on one side of the electoral aisle, and modestly beaten by the Democratic presumptive candidate, Hillary Clinton, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is lying somewhere between near death and miraculous survival. Those breathing life into that unfortunate beast remain politicians who embraced the mythology of free trade while never questioning what was free.

The scurrying taking place in the White House over rushing the TPP through the relevant channels is evident as the Obama presidency enters its final stages. Stutters, delays, and reluctance has meant that much work, perhaps too much, has to be done to push the agreement onto the statute books.

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Waiting for the UN Secretariat to Pursue Climate-Neutrality

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By Franz Baumann - IDN-InDepthNews

How green is the United Nations’ own environmental policy?

Shepherding the Paris climate agreement to conclusion in December 2015 has been a major achievement of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The agreement got more than 190 states to commit to hold the increase in the global average temperature to below 2 degrees centigrade, above pre-industrial levels.

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IPCC Special Report to Scrutinise ‘feasibility’ of 1.5C Climate Goal

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By Roz Pidcock - Carbon Brief

Dr Hoesung Lee, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), told delegates at a meeting in Geneva, which is designed to flesh out the contents of a special report on 1.5C, that they bore a “great responsibility” in making sure it meets the expectations of the international climate community.

To be policy-relevant, the report will need to spell out what’s to be gained by limiting warming to 1.5C, as well as the practical steps needed to get there within sustainability and poverty eradication goals.

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Modi Raises the Stakes

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By Shahid M Amin - Pakistan Observer

The last few days have seen a marked deterioration in relations between Pakistan and India. Moreover, Indian influence is growing in Iran and Afghanistan, giving Pakistan a sense of encirclement. On the other hand, Pakistan’s ties with China have taken a quantum leap with the launching of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is likely to transform Pakistan’s economy and will strengthen Pakistan in other sectors as well. Such a prospect does not suit India. The enhanced Indian hostility towards Pakistan couild be motivated by a desire to sabotage or minimise projects under CPEC. These developments need careful evaluation by Pakistani policy-makers.

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World is Watching, Modi Warns Islamabad on PoK, Balochistan

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By Manan Kumar, Deevakar Anand - DNA

Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inked the shift in position towards Pakistan that he had pronounced in his concluding remarks at the All-party meet called recently to discuss the Kashmir unrest.

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Why Balochistan is Pakistan’s Sensitive Spot

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By Praveen Swami – The Indian Express

The references to Balochistan at the end of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech — in the footnotes, as it were, of a less-than-riveting narration on energy-efficient lightbulbs and seed varieties — is likely to open an explosive debate on whether that’s a gamechanger in the shadow-boxing that has marked India-Pakistan ties.

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US Urges Pakistan: Stop ‘Terrorists from Attacking Other Countries’

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The News International

The United States on Tuesday called upon Pakistan to take steps to prevent terrorists from carrying out acts of terror not just in Pakistan but other countries of the region.

The US also reiterated a call for Pakistan and India to have greater collaboration in fighting terrorism, saying it was good both for the region as well as for Washington.

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Afghanistan - Pakistan - USA: Violent Surge

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

At least 13 persons– seven students, one professor, two security guards of the University, and three Security Force (SF) personnel – were killed and another 45 persons, including 36 students and staff members and nine SF personnel, were injured when terrorists carried out an attack targeting the well guarded American University of Afghanistan in capital Kabul. The attack, which commenced at 18:30 AST [Afghanistan Standard Time] on August 24, 2016, after the attackers exploded a car bomb at a University entry gate, stormed into the University complex and opened gunfire, lasted for almost 10 hours. The SFs eliminated two terrorists, bringing an end to the attack. There were about 750 students in the University compound at the time of the attack. According to reports, the attackers had made their way past the University’s armed guards and watchtowers, lobbing grenades and checking out their maps.

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Bangladesh: The Present Dire State

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By Habibul Islam

Without any sliver of doubt it can be unequivocally declared that almost the entire fault for the enhanced mayhem—with its concomitant loss of precious lives—in Bangladesh should justifiably be laid at the door of the Awami League administration, regardless of whatever fiction government honchos might regurgitate.

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Nepal: Promises and Dilemmas

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By S. Binodkumar Singh
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On August 3, 2016, Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Centre (CPN-Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal was elected as the new Prime Minister of Nepal after garnering 63.35 per cent of votes in Parliament. Out of 595 lawmakers, 573 cast their votes in the poll, of which 363 were in Dahal’s favour. Dahal was backed by the largest party in the House, Nepali Congress (NC), constituents of the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF), the Federal Alliance, and some fringe parties. 210 lawmakers, including those of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) and Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal (RPP-N) voted against the Maoist leader. This is Dahal’s second stint as Prime Minister; he led the Government after the first Constituent Assembly (CA) elections from August 18, 2008, to May 25, 2009.

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