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China’s “New Deal”

Beijing is reinventing globalization and the Gulf is taking note BY Mohamed Khashoggi “I would say to every nation on earth, by treaty, your people shall trade freely with us, and ours with you,” U.S. President Thomas Jefferson once said, as he set out a new vision for his nation. In the United States, a

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U.S. & India Consider Joint Patrols in South China Sea

By Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI, Feb 10 – The United States and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a U.S. defense official said could include the disputed South China Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing, which claims most of the waterway. Washington wants its regional allies and other Asian

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Hong Kong Riot Police Clash With Protesters Amid Crackdown on Street Vendors

By Clare Baldwin HONG KONG, Feb 9  – Riot police used batons and pepper spray early on Tuesday to disperse crowds after clashes erupted when authorities tried to move illegal street vendors from a working-class district, the worst street violence since pro-democracy protests in late 2014. Protesters hurled bricks at police as scuffles broke out,

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To Protect Chinese Investment, Pakistan Army Leaves Little to Chance

By Syed Raza Hassan GWADAR, Pakistan, Feb 8 – A heavy police presence, guarded convoys, new checkpoints and troop reinforcements have turned parts of the southern port city of Gwadar into a fortress, as Pakistan’s powerful military seeks to protect billions of dollars of Chinese investment. Securing the planned $46 billion economic corridor of roads,

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China Says U.S. Looking for Excuses to Raise Defense Budget

BEIJING, Feb 3 – China said on Wednesday the United States was just looking for excuses to pump taxpayers’ money into its military, after U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter named China as a reason for seeking a $582.7 billion defense budget next year. Carter said the funding request was in line with last year’s congressional

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Iran’s Leader Seeks Closer Ties with China Amid Western Mistrust

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI, Jan 24 – Iran‘s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday called for closer economic and security ties with China, saying Iran had never trusted the West, as the two countries agreed to increase bilateral trade more than 10-fold to $600 billion in the next decade. Iran‘s most powerful figure told

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The Economic Foundations for Privatizing Aramco

By Omar Al Ubaydli WEB EXCLUSIVE — Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Amir Muhammad bin Salman Al Saud recently proposed the privatization of the national oil company, Aramco. Many analysts’ initial reaction was that Saudi Arabia must be in dire straits if it is even considering—let alone actually implementing—such a policy. However, Prince Muhammad did actually

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U.N. Envoy: Syria Talks May be Delayed

By John Miller and Stephanie Nebehay ZURICH/GENEVA, Jan 21 – Internationally brokered talks between Syria’s government and opposition groups due to start on Jan. 25 may be delayed, but major powers must keep up the pressure to bring participants to the table, the United Nations envoy said on Wednesday. A Syrian opposition council backed by

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EU Loses WTO Case, China Could Seek Trade Sanctions

By Tom Miles GENEVA, Jan 19 – China could demand trade sanctions against the European Union after winning an appeal on Monday in a dispute at the World Trade Organization over EU tariffs imposed on Chinese imports of screws, nuts and bolts made of iron or steel. China has never before asked the WTO to

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