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3 Pakistan Army officers, one soldier martyred in IED blast in North Waziristan: ISPR

Dawn.comUpdated June 07, 2019
From L-R: Maj Moeez Maqsood Baig, Lt Col Raashid Karim Baig, Capt Arif Ullah and Lance Havaldar Zaheer. — Photo courtesy: ISPRThree officers and a soldier of the Pakistan Army were martyred in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in Kharqamar area of North Waziristan tribal district on Friday, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said.Four other soldiers also sustained injuries when terrorists targeted a military vehicle through an IED planted on the roadside, the military's media wing said.The martyred personnel were identified as Lt Col Raashid Karim Baig, a resident of Karimabad, Hunza; Major Moeez Maqsood Baig, a resident of Karachi; Capt Arif Ullah, a resident of Lakki Marwat; and Lance Havaldar Zaheer, a resident of Chakwal."This is the same area where forces had conducted search operations and arrested [a] few facilitators," the ISPR statement said.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADIt noted that 10 security personnel h…

From the Chinese government to McConnell’s back pocket

SupChina.comMike Forsythe, Eric Lipton, Keith Bradsher, and Sui-Lee Wee of the New York Times have a massive investigative story (porous paywall) on the family business and political connections of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao (趙小蘭 Zhào Xiǎolán). Secretary Chao is married to Mitch McConnell, the most powerful Republican in Congress, and has served in both Bush administrations, so her connections in American politics are well known.Here are some key findings the Times made about her family’s connections in China, and how they have formed a foundation of her husband’s political fortune:The American Embassy in Beijing raised ethics questions after Secretary Chao requested to include “relatives who were fairly wealthy and connected to the shipping industry” in meetings in China in 2017. Those meetings were later “abruptly canceled.”These requests were “alarmingly inappropriate,” said David Rank, a top American diplomat in Beijing who “learned of the matter after he ste…

CHINA: 5G — the next national project?

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Building a domestic 5G network is now an urgent national priority for China, one to be achieved by any means necessary, and possibly at great cost.THE NEWSGreen light for 5G rollout“China has given the go ahead for its major state-owned mobile carries to start rolling out next generation networks known as 5G, a move experts said was partly a response to the ongoing trade war with the U.S.,” reports CNBC (or see the Xinhua report in Chinese, with a flashy infographic).Another sign of the vocal enthusiasm for 5G at the highest levels of the Chinese government: The word “5G” appears 14 times on state-owned news agency Xinhua’s homepage as I write this; Party newspaper People’s Daily uses it nine times (both links in Chinese).Support for 5G part of new stimulusThe National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the ministries of Commerce and of Ecology and Environment jointly released a two-year plan (in Chinese) to promote consumption, especially of electronics and vehi…