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Old 09-11-2012, 08:08 PM   #44
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Analysis: China seeks profit, shuns politics, in Afghanistan,

(Reuters) - The Chinese passengers boarding the weekly Ariana Flight 332 from the remote western city of Urumqi to Kabul speak volumes about ties between a rising China, the world's number two economy, and its desperately poor and unstable neighbour, Afghanistan.

Of at least nine Chinese, six were heading for a China-funded copper mine, two were working for a Chinese telecom equipment maker and one was the boss of a Chinese restaurant, struggling to check in several boxes of illicit supplies, from alcohol to frozen pork.

"The situation is not as bad as news reports suggest, and I am hoping to make money," said Li Xiaofeng, the restaurant owner, who is from the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang and opened his restaurant in Kabul last year.He is contributing to a tiny but growing trade flow between China and Afghanistan, which many in Kabul hope could be the country's financial salvation as Western troops head home...

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The People's Liberation Army is the military arm of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the de facto armed forces of the People's Republic of China, consisting of land, sea, strategic missile and air forces. The PLA was established on August 1, 1927 which is celebrated annually as "PLA Day". The People's Liberation Army's insignia consists of a roundel with a red star bearing the Chinese characters for "Eight One", referring to August 1 (Chinese: 八一), the date of the 1927 Nanchang Uprising...China has provided "Mine-clearance and police training" for Afghan Security Forces, but has resisted international pressure to deploy troops to the country...
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The British East India Company was an English and later (from 1707) British joint-stock companyand megacorporation formed for pursuing trade with the East Indies but which ended up trading mainly with the Indian subcontinent.
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The UK's military role in Afghanistan since 2001 has brought with it a heavy human toll. Members of the Army, RAF, Royal Marines and special forces have lost their lives in the fight against the Taliban. Here, the BBC News website offers a look at who they were and how they died.The number of deaths stands at 437 after Lt Edward Drummond-Baxter and L/Cpl Siddhanta Kunwar, both of 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, attached to 40 Commando Royal Marines, were shot dead by a man wearing a local police uniform on 30 October.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8584331.stm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-10629358
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...79324R20111004
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