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Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf (file photo) | Twitter/@YusufMoeed

Joe Biden hasn’t called Imran Khan yet. Pakistan NSA says Islamabad ‘has options’

In an interview to Financial Times, Pakistan NSA Moeed Yusuf says that if the US believes Pakistan plays a 'make or break' role in Afghanistan, then President Biden should call PM Khan.
File image of Lieutenant General (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa | Twitter/@AsimSBajwa

Pakistan replaces Asim Saleem Bajwa as chief of CPEC Authority

Khalid Mansoor, who has four decades of corporate experience, has replaced Bajwa. Earlier, there were reports that China was not happy with the slow progress of some CPEC projects.
Shipping containers next to gantry cranes at the Yangshan Deepwater Port in Shanghai, China | Photographer: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

Exports power China to outpace India’s growth over next decade, Harvard lab says

China ranked 16th globally when judged by complexity of its exports in 2019, according to Harvard lab study. Its export performance contrasts with India, whose ranking was 43rd.

Why Iran’s new President Raisi will listen only to his mentor: Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei

Ebrahim Raisi only won the presidency because Khamenei fixed the contest in his favor. This leaves him with little political legitimacy of his own, and more beholden to Khamenei.
Chinese diplomat Qin Gang, 55, arrived in the US last week | Twitter | @ChinaAmbinUS

‘Wolf warrior’ diplomat, Xi confidant — who is Qin Gang, new China ambassador to US

Qin, who is currently in a 14-day quarantine, has been appointed envoy at a time of deep tensions between the US and China over several issues.
California agriculture

‘Threat to food security’ — US lawmakers seek to curb Chinese ownership of American farmland

US lawmakers have been seeking to limit Chinese purchases of American farmland amid fears that such ownership could 'lead to the creation of a Chinese-owned agricultural monopoly'.
TS Tirumurti, India's Permanent Representative to the UN, briefing the media on his first day as President of the UNSC, on 3 August 2021 | Twitter/@ambtstirumurti

Can’t have terrorist camps again in Afghanistan, will directly impact India, says Tirumurti

While speaking at the UN headquarters Monday, envoy Tirumurti said violence is increasing in Afghanistan and noted that the situation is of deep concern to all members of the UNSC.

Pakistan will continue to have critical role in Afghan peace process, says US

State Department spokesperson Ned Price said the US appreciates Pakistan’s efforts to advance the Afghan peace process and stability in South Asia.

Raging Delta variant poses challenge for China’s strategy to tackle Covid

With most Covid vaccines proving less effective against Delta variant, state-owned Sinopharm said its inactivated Covid shot, given widely in China, is 68% effective.
(File image) Union Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar (left) meets Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani (right) in Dushanbe, on 29 March 2021 | Twitter

India shouldn’t wait and watch, must play more assertive role in Afghanistan, say experts

After Antony Blinken’s India visit, Shaharzad Akbar of Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and Lisa Curtis of CNAS Indo-Pacific Security Program say Delhi must push for Afghan conflict being resolved through talks.