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China’s new Silk Road outlook includes Pakistan-Iran-Turkey railways networks – IRNA

The 10th meeting of high ranking Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul Railway Project workgroup, better known as the ECO Train was recently convened aimed at the urgent revival of this major regional economic plan. The spokesman of the Pakistan Foreign Ministry expressed certainty during his last week’s press conference that the ECO Train project will be put to use …

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‘Erdogan should be very, very worried’: What the Biden presidency means for Turkey – CNBC

Under outgoing President Donald Trump, many of the potential flashpoints between the NATO allies were smoothed over thanks to a friendly relationship between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.   Looking ahead to a Joe Biden administration, there’s a chance that some of those tensions could blow up — but there is also chance for …

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Turkey, Iran, Pakistan rail link to China’s Belt and Road – Nikkei Asia

KARACHI — The governments of Turkey, Iran and Pakistan will revive a transnational rail service linking Istanbul, Tehran and Islamabad in 2021. The ITI transnational railroad is expected to enhance connectivity with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) by providing a rail connection between China and Turkey, Nikkei Asia has learned. The roots of this …

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The World Is Full of Challenges. Here’s How Biden Can Meet Them. – New York Times – Opinion

Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system against repeated American warnings must have costs. (Recently imposed sanctions are a good start.) And Ankara must also be held to account for its actions in Libya, the eastern Mediterranean and Syria that contravene the interests of other NATO allies and complicate efforts to achieve peace. Actions by member states contrary to the interests of other allies ought not be ignored.

The United States needs to take the lead in NATO, an “alliance of democracies,” to devise consequences for member states — such as Turkey, Hungary and, increasingly, Poland — that move toward (or have fully embraced) authoritarianism.

Record number of journalists jailed because of their work – AP

NEW YORK (AP) — A record 274 journalists were in jail at the beginning of the month because of their work, nearly three dozen of them on charges of “false news,” the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Tuesday. It has been five straight years where at least 250 journalists were in custody, which the …

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Could Iran, Turkey and others take advantage of US post-election doubts? – The Jerusalem Post

The usual shrill voices have been quiet for a few days, wondering like the rest of the world what might happen. Iranian and Turkish media are taking a “wait and see” approach to the US election. The usual shrill voices have been quiet for a few days, wondering like the rest of the world what might …

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Erdogan caves to Chinese pressure to take Taiwan flag off Twitter – Taiwan News

On Saturday (Oct. 31), Erdogan posted a series of three tweets, each including the flags of 100 nations and international organizations that had provided assistance and words of support to his country. The third tweet included a Taiwanese flag at the center of the bottom row and a message in Turkish and English that read: “Many thanks from the Republic of Turkey to all friendly nations and international organizations for their good wishes and statements of support following the earthquake in Izmir.”

[…] Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said it was notified by its representative office in Turkey that Chinese authorities had pressured the Turkish government to take down the tweet showing Taiwan’s banner and that Erdogan had complied. In the original image, the flag was included along with those of countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal, Senegal, and Iraq and organizations such as the UNHCR and IFRC.

 

 

After thumbing his nose at China, Prague’s mayor has this advice for Canada. ‘Their power is overrated’ – The Star

VANCOUVER—When Prague’s Pirate Party posted a rebuttal on its Facebook page to threats of economic action against the historic city from China’s diplomats in the Czech Republic, people laughed. It was cheeky. The post featured a photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping next to a picture of Winnie-the-Pooh and a message mocking the Chinese government …

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U.S. encourages Canada to hit China with sanctions over Uyghurs – The Globe and Mail

What is taking place in Xinjiang meets at least one of the UN’s criteria for genocide, said Adrian Zenz, a U.S.-based scholar and senior fellow in China studies at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

“It is, in my view, very shameful that Western nations, including Canada, have not yet bothered to embark on the process of determining whether Beijing’s actions in Xinjiang meet the legal definitions of crimes against humanity or genocide.”

As Uygurs exit Indonesian jail, China-Turkey repatriation tussle brews – South China Morning Post

Indonesia jailed three Uygurs in 2015 for attempting to join an Isis-linked terrorist group and entering the country illegally.The fate of the men, who were holding fake Turkish passports during their trial, remains uncertain. Three Uygurs in Indonesia who were jailed five years ago for attempting to join a local militant group have been freed and are …

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‘When people see second-hand clothes, they think poverty’: China has millions of tons of discarded clothing no one wants – South China Morning Post

‘When people see second-hand clothes, they think poverty’: China has millions of tons of discarded clothing no one wants. China’s love for fast fashion sees 26 million tonnes of clothes and footwear thrown away every year, less than one per cent of which is reused or recycled. Only charities in China can sell used clothing, …

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COVID-19 Spells Trouble for China in East Africa – The Diplomat

“Look,” says Kimani Ichung’wa, chairman of the Parliamentary Budget and Appropriations Committee, “our economy is beaten and we are not able to pay. We are not saying the debt is not there, but we simply want to renegotiate what we owe you and the terms of payment.”

But debt is not the only issue, nor is it all about infrastructure projects. The huge trade imbalance between China and the EAC partner states is another major stumbling block.