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Pakistan's road to China has its bumps
With investment slumping and exports declining, Pakistan is increasingly banking on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to drive future growth.
 
Thailand heaves a sigh of relief over the possible demise of the TPP. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's determination to pull the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade deal will hurt the global trading system in the wake of previous World Trade Organization (WTO) failures to strike a new agreement on trade and investment liberalization.
 
The Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile and United Payments Interface, Digital India and mobile wallets have already laid the foundation, and the recent demonetization initiative can further facilitate the movement toward a cashless India. With a firm resolve, we can even become the first cashless country in the world.
 
It could be the most scientific visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in history.
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There has been widespread speculation about the incoming U.S. administration's policy and overall take-it-or-leave-it attitude toward the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
 
When it comes to dealing with the Rohingya, a beleaguered Muslim community living in Myanmar, it seems both the formerly ruling military junta, and the present civilian setup under Aung San Suu Kyi, have a similar approach.
 
Having information tailored for us makes us feel in control, but at the same time, we are giving up control over what we consume, and whom we love and fight for.
 
Like a thief in the night, the burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos took us all by surprise. Even the people in Ilocos Norte, or at least the correspondent I heard on TV, said the first inkling that something may be happening was that a helicopter or helicopters had landed near or at Imee Marcos' residence early Friday morning.
 
Midway Through his tenure, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has declared war against black-money holders. On Nov. 8 he declared that currency notes of 500 and 1,000 rupee denomination were no longer legal tender.
 
Authoritarian regimes and dictators around the world must feel vindicated by the just concluded presidential race in the United States, the one-time champion of liberal democracy that had the habit of exporting if not imposing its political system and the accompanying values to the rest of the world.
 
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