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Out of Lhasa: The last surviving fighters of the Chushi Gangdruk look back at battles won and lost

Home Eye Out of Lhasa: The last surviving fighters of the Chushi Gangdruk look back at battles won and lost Sixty years ago, a Tibetan guerrilla outfit enlisted the CIA’s help to fight the Chinese. The last surviving fighters of the Chushi Gangdruk look back at battles won and lost. The history of Tibet’s struggle for independence is intertwined with the operations of the guerrilla outfit. WRITTEN BY  ASAD ALI  |UPDATED: AUGUST 26, 2018 9:05:45 PM Drawupon is 88 now, but he clearly remembers the face of the Chinese pilot he shot down in 1958. He was running alongside a ravine in Tibet, when a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) fighter plane began firing at him and his fellow fighters. “The plane flew so close to the ground that we could suddenly see it right in front of us. We were filled with rage and just went for it,” he says. The rebels shot at the plane with their American guns — “You could fire 30 bullets at one go” — and were ecstatic when they heard it sputter. As the plane c

Trade war, day 62: Both sides dig in for long conflict President Donald Trump is expected to soon move forward with slapping tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese goods ( day 61 ). Financial Times Beijing bureau chief Tom Mitchell  points out  (paywall) that after China’s expected retaliation, the total value of goods caught up in the trade war would reach $360 billion — “an amount equivalent to two-thirds of their bilateral trade last year.” Mitchell then argues that the impending escalation is “based on false assumptions”: “The Trump administration wrongly thinks  China’s economy is on the ropes, in part because of the escalating trade war.” But the primary cause  of a slight moderating of China’s growth is actually a now years-long “campaign to rein in some of the riskiest practices in China’s financial sector” — a campaign which has only been moderately adjusted with the unfortunate timing of the trade war. “Chinese officials are fixated  on November’s congressional midterm elections, naively believing that Republi

The raid on CGTN Kenya and FOCAC pabulum The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) continued today, and remains the major focus of central state media:  Beijing declaration, action plan adopted at FOCAC summit  is Xinhua’s top English story. Its  Chinese-language version  is titled “Unity • Wisdom • Courage — Xi Jinping chairs FOCAC Beijing summit.” The “action plan” is a string of Party platitudes: Xi said the leaders have unanimously decided to build a China-Africa community with a shared future that assumes joint responsibility, pursues win-win cooperation, delivers happiness for all, enjoys cultural prosperity, ensures common security, and promotes harmony between man and nature. Around the same time Xi was speaking, police in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, were raiding the African headquarters of CGTN, China’s state-owned global TV network. “Gun-wielding Kenyan police  on Wednesday raided the African headquarters of the China Global Television Network (CGTN), briefly detaining several journalists

Ghulam Mohammad, a philosophical and insightful leader

Author: Shaad Baloch Revolutionary people are hard to born, stiff to be discerned but when such personalities grow up in regions where the subjugation from the occupier has reached its unimaginable level, then it depicts that the the nation is still courageous and optimistic to stand steady against every domineering method that aims to suppress a voice that has been raised. Among those persons, an influential nationalist leader is Ghulam Mohammad Baloch from a war-torn area, Balochistan. He comes in the list of those names who endeavored to diminish the scale of atrocities that the state mechanism adopted in order to subjugate the people. Ghulam Mohammad opened his eyes at home of a modest middle-class family, he spent his childhood in meek circumstances, worked at a tea stall after his school to earn the subsistence of the family. The aggressive hardships of life and the grave condition of the people around him made a faithful left-oriented Baloch nationalist leader out of him. G

China's Belt and Road Is Full Of Holes

CSIS Briefs September 4, 2018 DOWNLOAD THE BRIEF     The Issue Five years since it was announced, China’s massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has yet to materialize on the ground as promised. According to Chinese officials, the BRI includes six economic corridors that will carry goods, people, and data across the Eurasian supercontinent. But a statistical analysis of 173 infrastructure projects finds that Chinese investment is just as likely to go outside those corridors as within them. The BRI appears to be less coordinated than Beijing hopes and some critics fear. High Road, Low Road: Incomplete Views of the Belt and Road Initiative Since President Xi Jinping  announced  it five years ago, China’s BRI has been equally captivating and frustrating for analysts. Its sheer scale demands attention. Spanning roughly 80 countries, it can claim to cover more than two-thirds of the world’s population. It could include Chinese investments approaching $1 trillion, seven times what t

Announcing enforcement of emergency in education and health departments in Balochistan is deceiving of Baloch people

Announcing enforcement of emergency in education and health departments in Balochistan is deceiving of Baloch people : BSO Azad Baloch Students organization Azad (BSO-A) Central Spokesperson said that announcing emergency in education and health departments by the government which came into existence with the support of the military powers is another deception with the Baloch people. In Balochistan, for the betterment in education department, one such emergency was enforced in the tenure of Dr. Malik government, but in the shelter of educational emergency, educational institutions were converted into military cantonments, incidents of raids in educational institutions and disappearance of students increased, ban was imposed over books, thousands of books were seized from libraries and book stalls, attempts were made to destroy research and creative talents of students and so-called projects of the military institutions have been in the process of completion. Spokesperson said that t

Opinion: Discrediting the Belt and Road Initiative as 'debt trap' is untenable

Wang Wen Yang Tingting Editor's note:  Wang Wen is the executive dean at the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China. Yang Tingting is an associate research fellow at the institute. The article reflects the authors' opinions, and not necessarily the views of CGTN. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). While its spirit of peace, cooperation and mutual benefit as well as its principles of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits have been increasingly recognized, some foreign scholars constantly coined new terms to discredit the initiative. For instance, according to a Wall Street Journal article on August 6, sixteen US senators sent a letter to US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to express concern over China's financing of international infrastructure projects that have left many countries indebted to China and potentially in need of bailouts

China’s ‘Belt and Road’ at age 5

EDITORIALS SEP 5, 2018 It has been five years since China launched the “Belt and Road” initiative, a bold vision to link Europe, Asia and parts between. The project is the largest development program in history and aims to put China at the center of an emerging regional and global order. That grand ambition has also created great ambivalence, outside China at least. Yet for all its flaws — and they are significant — Beijing deserves praise for attempting to fill a yawning infrastructure gap that deprives many countries of the opportunity to develop. China should be encouraged to help less fortunate nations; other governments should partner with Beijing to ensure that the Belt and Road initiative solves more problems than it creates. Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the first version in a Sept. 7, 2013, speech in Kazakhstan, where he touted a “Silk Road Economic Belt” that would spark development throughout Eurasia and bring Asia and Europe closer together. Soon the “Belt” was


HEARD IN BEIJING "The modern theory of expectations management stresses 'how' and 'what' [a central bank] says, with the  the goal of subduing the enemy without fighting." - Yi Gang , then PBoC Governor Context:  That's what Yi said three years ago. Since that time, the PBoC has gotten much better at communicating with markets, but it still has a long way to go. More in the Tip Sheet below. The Tip Sheet still has a long way to go to make sure we reach every single China watcher. Help us get there by forwarding today's edition to friends and colleagues who can  click here to subscribe. And don't forget to be a part of our conversation – keep the great comments, questions, tips, and complaints coming.  THE TIP SHEET DRIVING THE DAY 1. Netizens question China's Africa spending The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) continued on Tuesday.  Forum participants adopted two documents: The Beijing Declaration – Toward an Even Stronger