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70TH Independence Day Of China

70TH Independence Day Of China

The Chinese government has announced the 70th Independence Day celebrations as the Golden Week, to be held from 1st October, 2019. It is a momentous time for a great nation that has achieved gigantic tasks in the shortest time. A …

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The transition of power

The transition of power

As of 2019, the United States remains the dominant superpower of the world. It controls the most formidable army and enjoys influence across all continents in matters of governance, economics and diplomacy. But according to leading political experts, the American …

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Last chance for Kashmir

Last chance for Kashmir

On 5th August, 2019, the Government of India revoked Article 370 and 35A of its Constitution, thereby, annexing and removing the stately existence of Jammu and Kashmir. This agonizing development brings back memories not just from the 70 years of …

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Milestones towards genuine progress

Milestones towards genuine progress

Pakistan is observing a wide range of transformations in various areas of governance. China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is by far, the most imperative project when it comes to boosting the economy and developing the lagging infrastructure in collaboration with …

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Geostrategic perspective on CPEC

Geostrategic perspective on CPEC

In the last week of May, 2019, the Chinese Vice President, Wang Qishan made a historical visit to Pakistan. The visit was marked with momentous events such as the commemoration of 68 years of “Iron Brother” diplomacy between the two …

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Russia-China ties and the new world

Russia-China ties and the new world

In June, 2019, the Chinese President Xi Jinping made his historic visit to meet President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg, Russia. While on a cruise along the Neva River, next to St. Petersburg, both leaders gave a new outlook to …

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The paradox of modern democracy

The paradox of modern democracy

Mankind took thousands of years to realize the evils of authoritarian and monarchical rule. Ancient Greece formally began the struggle for a democratic republic, which never fully came to pass. Roman democracy was obliterated by Caesar and thereon began, a …

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Water crisis – from bad to worse

Water crisis-from bad to worse

Pakistan is blessed with the most abundant of geological resources and its geostrategic position makes it one of the most influential countries in the region, yet, as there is always a flip side to the equation and autonomy in water resources is …

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A game of hearts and minds

A game of hearts and minds

As a result of General Elections 2018, Imran Khan has become the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan. Following the polling verdicts, Khan appeared before the nation in his victory speech and then subsequently after his oath taking, addressed the nation …

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