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Analysis: Pakistan factor behind India-China stand-off in Ladakh

Analysis: Pakistan factor behind India-China stand-off in Ladakh Pressure points: An Army patrol along the Line of Actual Control. | Photo Credit:  Dinakar Peri Atul Aneja NEW DELHI  26 MAY 2020 09:51 IST UPDATED: 26 MAY 2020 10:38 IST        https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/pakistan-factor-behind-india-china-stand-off-in-ladakh/article31676271.ece Country has become exceptionally important to China because of CPEC’s key role in trade, say experts China’s heightened concerns over Aksai Chin and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is routed, in part, through Gilgit-Baltistan, may have set the backdrop for the ongoing stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh. “There appears to have been a strategic shift in Chinese thinking after India abrogated Sections of Article 370 last year and created the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. India has always claimed Aksai Chin, but the issue appears to have been re-interpreted in China after the speci

China’s belt and road initiative: what is it and why is Victoria under fire for its involvement?

China’s belt and road initiative: what is it and why is Victoria under fire for its involvement? Peter Dutton and US secretary of state Mike Pompeo have both warned of risks for Australia. We look at the facts Josh Taylor  @joshgnosis Mon 25 May 2020 02.28 EDT https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/25/chinas-belt-and-road-initiative-what-is-it-and-why-is-victoria-under-fire-for-its-involvement Victoria has come under fire from federal Coalition MPs over its agreement under China’s belt and road initiative, but what does it mean for Victoria and Australia’s foreign policy towards China? What is the belt and road initiative? It’s the Chinese government’s estimated $1.5tn foreign and economic policy, announced in 2013, to establish maritime trade routes across the globe and invest in infrastructure projects in dozens of countries. The projects include pipelines, ports, railways and other major infrastructure projects. Last year,  Chinese media reported  170 memoranda of understanding

C'garh to observe ‘Jheeram Shradhanjali Diwas’ today

Monday, 25 May 2020  |  PNS  | RAIPUR Chhattisgarh will every year observe May 25 as ‘Jheeram Shradhanjali Diwas’ in memory of all those killed in Naxalite violence. All government and semi-government offices will observe a two-minute silence that day and pay tributes to those who died. They will take a pledge to make the state again an island of peace. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has given instruction to observe the day. The directive states that on May 25, 2013, in Jheeram Valley, senior leaders in the state and security personnel were martyred by Maoists. Similarly, many persons have been killed in Naxalite incidents in recent years. In memory of all those having who lost their lives, every year May 25 will be observed as ‘ Jheeram Shradhanjali Diwas’. https://www.dailypioneer.com/2020/state-editions/c-garh-to-observe----jheeram-shradhanjali-diwas----today.html

Balochistan reports 101 new coronavirus cases

Pakistan Web Desk May 25, 2020 On May 21, the Balochistan government had decided to extend the ongoing smart lockdown till June 2 Photo: AFP About 101 new patients tested positive for coronavirus in Balochistan, raising the province-wide tally to 3,407 on Sunday. According to media coordinator provincial Health Directorate Coronavirus Cell Balochistan Dr Muhammad Wasim Baig, at least 51,113 people were screened for the virus till May 24, adding that 101 more were reported positive within 24 hours. "As many as 875 affected patients have been recovered from the coronavirus so far while 40 deaths were recorded due to the contagious virus in Balochistan," the official notified. On May 21, the Balochistan government had decided to extend the ongoing smart lockdown till June 2 across the province. Also read:Coronavirus outbreak: Balochistan govt extends smart lockdown till June 2 Addressing media in Quetta, the spokesperson of the Balochistan government, Liaquat Shahwani had said t