Forty years of Chinese reforms and challenges ahead

This year marks the fortieth anniversary of Chinese reforms. In the past four decades, the Chinese people and the world has witnessed momentous development that has led them from being

Muhammad Asif Noor

AUGUST 29, 2018 | Daily Times

Khan’s vision for China

Mired in numerous presumptions, the third consecutive political transformation in Pakistan was finally completed on July 25, last month. According to official records, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has emerged as the single largest party in the Parliament and is mostly likely going to run the country for the next five years, with Imran Khan as our new Prime Minister.

Muhammad Asif Noor

AUGUST 8, 2018 | Daily Times

Fruits of tourism to bloom in Pakistan’s bosom

Tourism has remained an untapped resource for Pakistan for many years. Despite having some of the highest mountains, breath taking landscapes, a historically rich culture- Pakistan’s international appeal for travel has remained below expectation. This is primarily due to the rise of instability and insecurity in the country for the past few decades.

Muhammad Asif Noor

JULY 28, 2018 | Daily Times

India’s diplomatic dilemma in SCO

The 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit was held in the coastal city of Qingdao in China’s Shandong province this June, where Pakistan and India joined in for the first time as permanent members, which also include China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

Muhammad Asif Noor

JULY 12, 2018 | Daily Times

OP-ED Accessing China’s SCO chairmanship

While writing these lines, the annual 16th summit of the Heads of States of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is going to be held under the chairmanship of the People’s Republic of China from June 9-10 in Qingdao, a coastal city of East China’s Shandong Province. The rotating chair of the organisation was transferred to China in June 2017 during the SCO summit in Astana, Kazakhstan. China has led the SCO member states with extended flavour since the accession of Pakistan and India as SCO’s full-fledged members.

Muhammad Asif Noor

JUNE 12, 2018 | Daily Times

Pakistan’s aspirations from the upcoming SCO summit

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s 18th Summit of Heads of States is just around the corner in Qingdao, the host city in China’s Shandong Province, where China will hand over the chairmanship of one of the largest regional grouping to another member country. Before this historic event, several other related meetings of the grouping were held during the year on various aspects.

Muhammad Asif Noor

MAY 31, 2018 | Daily Times

China’s role in a changing SCO

The forthcoming summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is scheduled to be held in June in China’s province Qingdao. The regional body, despite its best efforts to eliminate challenges and because of multiple anti-regional factors, is struggling to achieve its goals. In fact, Pakistan and India’s membership as permanent members of the SCO has exacerbated these critical challenges.

Muhammad Asif Noor

MAY 17, 2018 Daily Times

China’s role in Indo-Pak membership of SCO

The forthcoming summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is scheduled to be held in Qingdao, a province of China, in June. The regional body, despite challenges due to anti-regional forces, is aiming to reach the desired goals. In such situation, the admission of Pakistan and India in the SCO as permanent members has doubled these critical challenges.

Muhammad Asif Noor

MAY 13, 2018 Daily Times

A solution to the Afghan quagmire

Yet another two day long global conference focusing on peace in Afghanistan was held in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, last week, where a draft declaration was adopted calling for an ‘Afghan-led and Afghan-owned’ peace process for the region’s peaceful and prosperous future. This international conference was a follow up to the second Afghan process conference held this year in February in Kabul, where the Afghan President disclosed a plan for creating peace with the Taliban.

Muhammad Asif Noor

APRIL 3, 2018 Daily Times

Nowruz and Pak-Iran relations

The Foreign Minister of Iran was on a three-day visit to Pakistan, reflecting a forward-looking approach towards building mutual trust between the two neighbouring powerful regional states. Dr Javad Zarif during his visit, with high-level officials, met the Foreign Minister of Pakistan and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi along with interactive sessions at different think tanks and media appearances.

Muhammad Asif Noor

MARCH 22, 2018 Daily Times

BRI and the rise of the Chinese Economic World Order

PAKISTAN: ISLAMABAD – As the President of the United States has opened a newly formed void by withdrawing the US clutch in the international market, Chinese President on the other hand, is determined to fill the gap through the visionary initiative of One Belt and One Road (BRI).

Farhat Asif

JUNE 11, 2018 | Daily Times

Recalibrating Pakistan-Kenya relations

Foreign Minister of the Republic of Kenya, Ms. Monica Juma was in Islamabad on a historic visit to Pakistan to inaugurate the newly built Kenyan High Commission at the Diplomatic Enclave.

Farhat Asif

MAY 10, 2018 | Daily Times

Pakistan’s economic role in regional peace

With the theme “An Open and Innovative Asia for a World of greater Prosperity”, Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2018 was held in Hainan province of China wherein Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan was a keynote speaker among other world leaders. During the Forum, Prime Minister also met with President Xi Jinping of People’s Republic of China.

Farhat Asif

APRIL 28, 2018 | Daily Times

TAPI, Pakistan and energy politics

Commendable developments have been observed recently on Asia’s harbinger of peace and prosperity line, Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline where the ground breaking ceremonies was organised border cities of both Afghanistan and Turkmenistan.

Farhat Asif

MARCH 3, 2018 | Daily Times

A step towards regional integration

During this past week, Pakistan took a giant leap forward in its formidable history of parliamentary diplomacy. This was done through the organisation of a first ever speakers conference, in which representatives for major regional players took part. This included the speaker of the Wolisi Jirga from Afghanistan, the speaker of the Shoora-e-Islamic from Iran, Chairman of the State Duma from Russia, speaker of the Grand Turkish Assembly and Vice Chairman of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China.

Farhat Asif

DECEMBER 27, 2017 | Daily Times

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