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The decision, which has yet to be been made public, comes after pressure by the ruling junta for armed ethnic groups who have enjoyed decades of de facto autonomy to join the political process in a bid to unify the nation ahead of the election.
Envoy warns of flood funding shortfall
KARACHI | The world will only be able to fund around 25 percent of the tens of billions of dollars needed to rebuild Pakistan after the floods, and its government will have to make up the shortfall, the U.S. envoy to the country warned Thursday.
Richard C. Holbrooke said America would not condition its assistance to the country, but warned that Congress might not be generous if it felt that Pakistan was not taxing its own citizens enough.
Pakistan’s rich traditionally have not paid much taxes on their income or their property - either because they evade them or are exempt - and the country’s collection rates are among the lowest in the world.
Critics have pointed to this shortage of revenue in recent weeks as Islamabad leaders have sought international aid. The country’s economy is surviving on international assistance, and the floods are expected to badly slow economic growth further.
BEIJING | China called for “concrete actions” from Japan to resolve a bitter diplomatic row on Thursday, as Tokyo warned its citizens to remain vigilant ahead of possible protests in major Chinese cities.
The Asian neighbors are entangled in their worst spat in years, stemming from the collision last week of a Chinese fishing trawler and two Japanese coast guard vessels near a disputed island chain in the East China Sea.
So far, China has summoned Japan’s ambassador five times over the incident and repeatedly demanded the boat’s captain be released from Japanese custody. Tokyo says the skipper intentionally rammed the Japanese ships during a chase.
From wire dispatches and staff reports
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