China eases economic pressure on North Korea

WASHINGTON — China has steadily loosened restrictions on trade with North Korea in recent months, undercutting President Donald Trump’s effort to exert economic pressure on Kim Jong Un’s regime, former U.S. officials and independent experts told NBC News. From coal shipments to revived construction projects to planes ferrying Chinese tourists to Pyongyang, China has reopened the door to both legal and illegal trade with the North, throwing the North Korean government a vital lifeline while derailing U.S. diplomacy. North Korea depends almost entirely on its larger neighbor to keep its economy afloat. The increase…

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How failure was Indian army on the battles

Description of INDO-PAKISTANI war of 1947-1948 :  Description : Sometime in August 1947, the first signs of trouble broke out in Poonch, about which diverging views have been received. Poonch was originally an internal jagir (autonomous principality), governed by an alternative family line of Maharaja Hari Singh. The taxation is said to have been heavy. The Muslims of Poonch had long campaigned for the principality to be absorbed into the Punjab province of British India. In 1938, a notable disturbance occurred for religious reasons, but a settlement was reached. During the Second World War, over…

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China seeks influence in European business deals

PRAGUE — When Xi Jinping became the first top Chinese leader to visit the Czech Republic, he was accompanied by a mysterious Chinese tycoon with big political ambitions, money to burn and strong ties to the Czech president. Ye Jianming was the sole businessman among the group of Chinese and Czech government officials who gathered two years ago outside the presidential summer residence where Mr. Xi and Milos Zeman, his Czech counterpart, planted ginkgo trees. For Mr. Ye, it was recognition of his role as a major power broker in…

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Chinese investments in Bangladesh may defect Iran

The Chinese government has invested more than £2.3 million ($3 billion) into building the Padma – known as the Ganges in Bangladesh – as part of its wide plan to spend £23.1 billion ($30billion) in Bangladesh infrastructure, causing controversy over China’s investments with Iran. The 6km bridge over the Padma river will link the north and south of Bangladesh by road and rail, marking one of Bangladesh’s most challenging infrastructural projects to date. China’s investment comes after the World Bank pulled out £935.4 million ($1.2 billion) from the Padma bridge…

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