Russia and the US: another cold war?

By Ayaz Ahmed During his election campaign, President Trump repeatedly demonstrated his alacrity to bury the hatchet with Russia and work with President Putin to resolve the protracted Syrian and Afghan conflicts. This led liberals in the US to challenge pessimistic view of the realists by foreseeing a period of meaningful cooperation between the Cold […]

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The Iran factor in CPEC

By Ayaz Ahmed After considering the long-term feasibility and effectiveness of  CPEC, Iran has displayed its inclination to join the grand economic corridor. If  CPEC is converted into the China-Pakistan-Iran Economic Corridor (CPIEC), it will make the corridor a greater and safer game-changer in terms of regional trade and connectivity. Both Pakistan and China should […]

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Pakistan rejected Ghani’s demand

By News Desk ISLAMABAD: A top government official in Pakistan has rejected  demands of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to let India participate in transit trade with Afghanistan via Pakistan.  During a meeting with the UK’s special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Owen Jenkins in Kabul on Friday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had threatened to impede […]

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China’s Silk Road powers bids for $1.5 billion Pakistan utility stake

Chinese state-backed firms are frontrunners to buy a $1.5 billion controlling stake in Pakistani utility K-Electric, sources said, as they bet the benefits of a Beijing-led economic corridor will trump the risks of investing in Pakistan. State-backed Shanghai Electric Power (600021.SS) and China Southern Power Grid are among Chinese firms leading the pack of about […]

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Is the US a declining power?

By Ayaz Ahmed According to Global Trends 2030, compiled by the National Intelligence Council, the US will lose its superpower status by 2030. A recent Pew Research Center’s public opinion survey has found that an increasing number of Americans fearfully view China as the next global superpower. And some analysts predict rising Russia as the […]

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Modi vs Nawaz

Ayaz Ahmed Diplomacy is an adroit art employed to manage relations with other countries for the attainment of core national interests. In this dexterous art, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has nimbly played his diplomatic cards by clinching massive trade deals with the energy-rich Middle Eastern countries in recent months. On the other side, Prime […]

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Ayaz Ahmed, the editor of TAW, interviewed by MANA, an Iranian maritime news agency

 Gwadar Port; China attempts to getting rid of U.S Dominance Ayaz Ahmed, the expert of port issues in Pakistan and the former senior  researcher at Pakistan Institue of international affairs (PIIA), has considered new aspects of Gwadar Port in Pakistan in an exclusive interview with MANA reporter.  1.As you had more or less pointed out, […]

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Decline in Chinese exports

BEIJING- China’s exports fell more than expected in April, reversing the previous month’s brief recovery, as weak global demand weighed on trade out of the world’s second-largest economy. Exports fell 1.8 percent from a year earlier, the General Administration of Customs said on Sunday, supporting the government’s concerns that the foreign trade environment will be […]

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