VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: 4th January, 2018
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PAKISTAN
Pakistan hails Trump’s desire for 'great ties': Dawn
January 4, 2019

The Foreign Office on Thursday welcomed US President Donald Trump’s remarks on ties with Pakistan and said the government was keenly waiting for the engagement at the highest level. “We look forward to positive engagement with the US at the leadership level,” FO spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal said at the weekly media briefing. He was giving his reaction to President Trump’s comments about Pakistan during a cabinet meeting. Mr Trump repeated the allegation of Pakistan being duplicitous in its dealings with America. He, nevertheless, expressed his desire for better ties with Islamabad. Click here to read...

AFGHANISTAN
Trump ‘Evaluating’ Afghanistan Pullout: Mike Pence: Tolo News
January 4, 2019

Amid reports on a possible withdrawal of a “significant” number of US forces from Afghanistan, the US Vice President Mike Pence said Trump “is in the process of evaluating” whether to remove troops from Afghanistan. He made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Fox News. The Fox News said in a report that Pence vowed that the military’s withdrawal from Syria will be conducted in an “orderly fashion.” Asked whether Trump would similarly pursue an Afghanistan withdrawal, as he has reportedly been debating, Pence said only that the idea was under active consideration. Click here to read...

MYANMAR
AAI awaits nod for Sri Lanka project: Livemint
January 3, 2018

State-run Airports Authority of India (AAI), which plans to build airports abroad, is yet to get the ministry of external affairs’ (MEA) nod to develop Sri Lanka’s Palaly airport.

Jayant Sinha, minister of state for aviation, told the Lok Sabha that while AAI had signed a memorandum of understanding with the MEA for preparing a detailed project report (DPR) for developing airports at Kalay in Myanmar and Palaly in Sri Lanka, the ministry is yet to give the required permission. Click here to read...

CHINA
We are breaking new ground in major country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics: Chinese Foreign Minister: People's Daily
January 4, 2019

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi recently sat for an exclusive interview with People's Daily Online. Click here to read...

Lessons learned on sovereign power in Hong Kong crucial as Beijing shapes ‘one country two systems’ for Taiwan, expert says: South China Morning Post
January 4, 2019

Lessons learned from the implementation of the “one country, two systems” formula in Hong Kong will be of great value to Beijing as it seeks to woo Taiwan into accepting the model for reunification with the mainland, a legal expert said. Click here to read...

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