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China to discuss India-Pakistan issue with Islamabad during foreign ministers-level talks

Foreign ministry's spokesperson Geng Shuang said China as a neighbour wants to see tensions ease between India and Pakistan.
File photo of Xi Jinping | Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

By blocking Masood listing, China is playing a risky ‘good terrorist’ vs ‘bad terrorist’ game

Beijing’s calculus appears to be driven by its bet on its ‘all-weather ally’ and friends in Pakistan military who can keep Uighur separatists in check.
India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the16th meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, India and China (RIC) | Twitter/@airnewsalerts

China has long played its India-Pak ‘balancing act’, but stakes are high this time around

With CPEC and BRI, China not only has greater stakes in Pakistan but also seems less concerned about diplomatic isolation than it was after 26/11.
File image of PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping

China cautions restraint amid escalating tensions between India & Pakistan over Pulwama

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said that a stable bilateral relationship between the two countries is essential for peace and stability in South Asia.
Dhaka

Bangladesh’s lesson for India-obsessed Pakistan: Transform war economy into a peace economy

Bangladesh’s priorities are economic growth and human development whereas the bulk of Pakistan’s national energies remain focused on check-mating India
Buildings stand under construction at a development site, operated by China Overseas Ports Holding Co., near Gwadar Port in Gwadar, Balochistan, Pakistan | Photographer: Asim Hafeez/Bloomberg

What China’s $26.5 billion investment for CPEC will cost Pakistan

The figures are much lower than the projections made by some private institutions because China's investment on CPEC was earlier pegged at over twice $26.5 billion.
Chinese and Pakistani guards sitting on a rock at the Khunjerab Pass

Islamabad says CPEC an economic, and not military, project between Pakistan and China

The CPEC, which connects Gwadar Port in Balochistan with China's Xinjiang province, is the flagship project of Chinese President Xi Jinping's ambitious BRI.
Mike Pompeo

Pakistan rejects US censure on its religious freedom violations

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Shah Mehmood Qureshi asks for India’s help to end the Afghan war; Balochistan cabinet calls CPEC spending in province so far a “joke”.
Imran Khan

China wants Imran Khan’s Pakistan to be dependable before being dependent

China shows Imran Khan that Pakistan’s ‘locational narcissism’ isn’t enough.
PM Modi addressing the INS Arihant crew | @narendramodi/Twitter

INS Arihant is welcome, but India is far short of Chinese nuclear submarine capability

China is also providing support to the Pakistani Navy, including offering to build submarines. India is keeping a close eye on these developments.

On Camera

Africa has a new health care crisis — obesity

The recently published Global Wellness Index set alarm bells ringing when South Africa scored poorly for life expectancy, alcohol use, depression and diabetes.

PUBG players arrested: Overreaction by police or is addiction a public concern?

The Gujarat police arrested several PUBG lovers, many of them students, for playing the banned video game.

Defence

1 soldier killed as Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in J&K’s Rajouri

Pakistani troops have violated ceasefire over 110 times along the LoC since January.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?