Archive for International Law News

India and China’s Tug of War Over Nepal

India and China’s Tug of War Over Nepal

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai in The Diplomat In the last week of December, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) announced that it is planning to hold its first-ever joint military exercise with Nepal. Though Chinese military assistance to Nepal has significantly increased in recent years, this…

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Tibet Plateau reports 99 new lakes in last four decades

Tibet Plateau reports 99 new lakes in last four decades

Climate change researchers working across the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau say rapid warming has resulted in the formation of 99 new lakes and “extensive” lake expansion over the last four decades. The findings were published in the latest edition of the American journal “Geophysical Research Letters.” Besides…

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Officials, Police Descend on Beijing NGO as New Law Takes Effect

Officials, Police Descend on Beijing NGO as New Law Takes Effect

Authorities in the Chinese capital have cut off the utilities and destroyed the central heating system of a prominent non-governmen organization (NGO) set up to help migrant workers, as a new law came into effect placing foreign-funded NGOs effectively under police control. Officials from Beijing’s…

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New Law Puts Foreign Nonprofits in Limbo

New Law Puts Foreign Nonprofits in Limbo

China’s Foreign NGO Management Law, which was passed by the National People’s Congress in April, will officially take effect on January 1, 2017. Under the new law, foreign nonprofits will need to register with the police and find state agencies to act as official sponsors in order…

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China Confirms Export of 8 Submarines to Pakistan

China Confirms Export of 8 Submarines to Pakistan

By Franz-Stefan Gady at The Diplomat The China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) has for the first time officially confirmed a project to provide the Pakistan Navy with eight modified diesel-electric attack submarines, the People’s Daily Online reports.  The chairman of CSIC, Hu Wenming, confirmed the deal…

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Chinese Police Closely Monitor Event Honoring Exile Tibetan Abbot

Chinese Police Closely Monitor Event Honoring Exile Tibetan Abbot

Police in southwestern China’s Sichuan province closely monitored the opening of a lavish new residence for the abbot of restive Kirti monastery on Saturday, watching the gathered monks and forbidding any mention on printed invitations of the monastery’s exiled leader, sources said. The four-day event…

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Is the Belt and Road Initiative Globalizing China’s National Security Policy?

Is the Belt and Road Initiative Globalizing China’s National Security Policy?

By Sabine Mokry at The Diplomat The suicide bomb attack on the Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan in August 2016 highlighted China’s rising external vulnerability in a region at the heart of its signature foreign policy project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). For the first…

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Tibetan Scholars Gather in Kardze to Debate Buddhist Teachings, Teach Local People

Tibetan Scholars Gather in Kardze to Debate Buddhist Teachings, Teach Local People

Over a hundred senior Tibetan Buddhist scholars gathered this week at Kardze monastery in southwestern China’s Sichuan province to hold formal debates on a core subject of Buddhist philosophy, the Middle Way, and to instruct laypeople in the fundamentals of their religion, sources in the…

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Hong Kong Legislature Descends Into Chaos

Hong Kong Legislature Descends Into Chaos

By Cal Wong in The Diplomat The Hong Kong legislature is set to become a lot more combative and confrontational if the recent swearing in ceremony is anything to go by. The newest lot of elected councilors were set to be officially sworn in on…

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China opposes British interference in internal affairs

China opposes British interference in internal affairs

HONG KONG, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) — Foreign countries should not interfere in the internal affairs of China’s Hong Kong, the Chinese diplomatic authorities and the Hong Kong government have said in responses to a report issued by Britain. British Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued the…

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