A day after the Uddhav Thackeray-led government decided to review cases filed against protesters in the Bhima-Koregaon violence of January 2018, the state home department has prepared a list of 368 cases and sought opinion of the law and judiciary department. The government is reviewing the cases that are of a “non-serious nature”, registered between January 1 and 2, 2018, said multiple home department officials, requesting anonymity. In January last year, violence erupted at an event to mark the 100 years of the Bhima-Koregaon battle, leaving one person dead and several others, including 10 police personnel, injured in Pune district.Although chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has given an in-principle nod to withdraw the cases, the home department has sought opinion on individual cases before formally closing them. “In all, there are 649 cases that were registered, out of that charge sheet was filed in 368 cases, which will be reviewed. … [Read more...] about Maharashtra government seeks law department’s opinion on 368 Bhima-Koregaon cases
Video PlayerClose Photo taken on Nov. 18, 2019 shows a view of the expressway section of the Karakorum Highway (KKH) project phase two in Pakistan. The expressway section of the KKH project phase two was inaugurated in Havelian in northwestern Pakistan on Monday, marking another step forward to complete the early harvest project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). (Xinhua/Liu Tian) If Washington truly wants to help with Pakistan's social and economic development, it should offer real help, at least stop badmouthing others' goodwill endeavors. by Xinhua writer Liu Tian ISLAMABAD, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- Alice Wells, a U.S. State Department official for South and Central Asia, claimed Thursday that Chinese infrastructure projects in Pakistan would damage the latter's economy over the long term and solely benefit China. The accusations were made apparently out of a habit by some U.S. politicians to muddy waters, with an ulterior motive this time to drive a wedge between the … [Read more...] about Opinion: How one U.S. official got it wrong on China-Pakistan cooperation
On December 2, the United Arab Emirates marks its National Day every year. This year the day is especially important for me and my country as we are celebrating the 48th anniversary of its founding. On this day, we remember the establishment of the UAE – a collection of seven Emirates (or states). As well as an opportunity to celebrate our young and dynamic nation, this anniversary provides an opportunity to consider how far we have come in building upon our foundations and the respective progress we have achieved. This is a particularly momentous year as it is the 35th anniversary of bilateral relations between China and the UAE. For China of course it is also a noteworthy year with the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China. When we take stock of the rapid progress of the UAE, we can see that it is quite dizzying, as its dynamic and diverse economy and cities have rapidly developed within a few short years. The nation's GDP has expanded more than eight times since … [Read more...] about Golden era of China-UAE relations
In recent years, the small country of Austria in the heart of Europe has seen a sharp rise in tourists from China. Along with world-famous cities like capital Vienna and Salzburg, Mozart's hometown, places such as Tyrol with the mountainside city of Innsbruck or picturesque lakeside town Hallstatt in Upper Austria have contributed to an increase in Chinese tourism to Austria of almost 600 percent since 2008, making Chinese visitors the most profitable group of tourists for Austria today. For this reason, the Austrian government is aiming to attract even more Chinese visitors in the future by promoting tourism to Austria in China through different means. At a meeting in Beijing in April 2019, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang agreed to double Chinese tourism to Austria until 2025, as well as increase bilateral trade from 13 to 20 billion Euros. One reason for the increasing interest in Austria among Chinese tourists (almost 1 million in 2018) is certainly … [Read more...] about A review of Chinese-Austrian relations in 2019
In the decade since the global financial crises of 2007, a systemic shift has become conspicuous in international and regional economic architecture. This is observable through structural weaknesses in core economic structures such as the post-World War II system (Bretton Woods) in institutions like the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and post-Cold War system under Wall Street's model of financial liberalization. As a result, this marked a turning point internationally and regionally, where the weaker states and those dependent upon liberal financial models became entangled in complex dilemmas. Exports had fallen, investors had lost confidence in financial markets, current account deficits grew, unemployment climbed up, and there were risks of contagion in tightly knitted structures such as the European Union. Amid the effects from the financial crises, the two areas that had long been seeking attention were infrastructure development and augmentation of trade and … [Read more...] about Does China offer new experiences after global financial crises?