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Hillary challenges

On the arriving US secretary of state's controversial agenda, there is nothing for India to discuss, says N.V.Subramanian. http://www.newsinsight.net/archivedebates/nat2.asp?recno=1863 17 July 2009: Hillary Clinton, the United States' secretary of state, will be in the country for five days discussing, among other things, "strategic challenges" to the bilateral relations with India. What are those so-called "strategic challenges"? In a sentence, the US wants India to accept NPT, CTBT and sooner than later FMCT. If the Manmohan Singh government is in any mind to defend India's strategic interests, then there would be nothing to talk with Clinton in the five days of her visit. The Barack Obama administration backstabbed Manmohan Singh during the G-8 summit when it pressured the other member states to ban ENR exports to non-NPT countries which principally means India. This brought the prime minister under added pressure during his France visit to ensu

Oldest meets largest

Dhruva Jaishankar Posted: Saturday , Jul 18, 2009 at 0029 hrs http://www.indianexpress.com/news/oldest-meets-largest/490856/0 High-level interactions between Indian and American officials traditionally followed a predictable script. Behind the scenes, discussions could be testy verging on acrimonious, the Americans' brusque lawyerly style colliding with trademark Indian touchiness and obstinacy. The parties could come away from talks merely agreeing to disagree. Yet in public, statesmen (and -women) of both countries could take their pick from a relatively short list of marvellous-sounding clich├ęs to paper things over. "The world's oldest and the world's largest democracies," was a runaway favourite, while references to overthrowing British colonialism, hosannas to the success of the Indian-American community, and lip service to pluralism made useful additions to the recurring diplomatic pantomime. Given the developments in bilateral relations over the last dec

Good old US doublespeak

Samuel Baid http://www.dailypioneer.com/189786/Good-old-US-doublespeak.html At Cairo, India reminded Pakistani that it can't hope for `peace' unless it acts on the 26/11 dossier — a signal to Uncle Sam that the alleged war on `global' terror must not exclude India On Friday, India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made it amply clear to Pakistan's Yousuf Raza Gilani on the sidelines of the Cairo summit of Non-Aligned countries that New Delhi is not keen on resuming peace talks with Pakistan unless Islamabad seriously takes up the investigations into the Mumbai terror attack. India is keen to resume peace talks with Pakistan, but Pakistan must be more convincing of its sincerity by punishing the culprits of 26/11 and also wind up all the terror camps operating on its soil. Pakistan must acknowledge that in January 2004 India agreed to start composite dialogue after then President Gen Musharraf assured then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee that the soil of

India under pressure in Obama's AfPak strategy

http://news.rediff.com/report/2009/jul/14/india-under-pressure-inb-obamas-afpak-strategy.htm The death of six Indians working on a United States Agency for International Development-funded road project between Khost and Paktia provinces in southern Afghanistan last week and confirmation from Pakistan that it is concerned over India's "over-ingress" in Afghanistan is setting the stage for a new round of regional diplomacy, when US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [ Images ] comes visiting later this month. Clinton is travelling to Delhi [ Images ] and Bangkok, to attend a meeting of the Association of South-East Asian Nations, and is so far not scheduled to go to Islamabad [ Images ], but it is clear that alongside a review of the bilateral relationship --including the latest differences on nuclear enrichment and reprocessing -- Pakistan's unhappiness over India's growing presence in Afghanistan will be on the table. With elections in Afghanistan slated for Au

INDIA: ANOTHER DAY OF INFAMY

B.RAMAN While assessing the meeting of Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh with President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan at Yekaterinburg in Russia in an article on June 19,2009, available at http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/papers33/paper3261.html I wrote as follows: "Manmohan Singh is not a man of confrontation. He took the decision to freeze the composite dialogue mainly because of the fears of a likely adverse impact on the voting in the recently-held elections to the Parliament if he did not take a seemingly hard line against Pakistan. Now that the Congress (I)-led coalition has come back to power----with the Congress (I) improving its own individual position in the Lok Sabha, the lower House of the Parliament--- he is unlikely to feel the need for maintaining the present hardline position on the composite dialogue........ At this time, when winds of some change for the better seem to be blowing towards India from Washington DC, Manmohan Singh would find it difficult to rej

India, US set for nuclear business during Clinton visit

New Delhi/Washington (IANS): Unfazed by the G8 ban on enrichment and re-processing (ENR) technologies, India is set to take its civil nuclear trade with the US forward by offering American companies two nuclear parks during Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's five-day visit to the country starting Friday. Ms. Clinton's first visit to India after she became the Obama administration's chief diplomat begins in Mumbai Friday night. The visit will focus on ushering in Phase III of the strategic partnership, which Ms. Clinton recently described as "3.0" version, borrowing an analogy from IT software. Ms. Clinton's long-awaited trip is expected to see the first concrete move in re-starting nuclear trade since the two countries signed the landmark bilateral agreement last year, with India readying to provide two sites for nuclear reactors to be set up by US companies. The announcement about the allocation of the two sites is likely to be made during Ms. Clinton&#

Conspiracy of a state

Claude Arpi http://www.dailypioneer.com/189104/Conspiracy-of-a-state.html The investigations into the 2002 Karachi attack on French engineers now point towards a state affair. Apparently a handiwork of the Pakistani Army, the motive of the attack appears to be non-payment of commissions by France in connection with the sale of Agosta submarines to Pakistan May 9, 2002. It was early morning for the guests at the five-star Oberoi Hotel in Karachi. But some White men were not here for tourism; they had come on a mission. They were there to provide the expertise for a top secret project, building a submarine for Pakistan. A minibus stopped in front of the hotel. Eleven French engineers and three Pakistani staff boarded the vehicle, which was to take them to a dockyard. They worked for the Direction des Constructions Navales (DCN, Direction for Naval Constructions), an undertaking of the French Ministry of Defence. A Toyota Corolla (1976-make) approached the bus, and, in a fraction of

Strategic Calculus and the Afghan War

By George Friedman http://www.realclearworld.com/articles/2009/07/14/strategic_calculus_and_the_afghan_war_96923.html U.S. and allied forces began their first major offensive in Afghanistan under the command of U.S. Gen David Petraeus and Gen. Stanley McChrystal this July. Inevitably, coalition casualties have begun to mount. Fifteen British soldiers have died within the past 10 days -- eight of whom were killed within a 24-hour period -- in Helmand province, where the operation is taking place. On July 6, seven U.S. soldiers were killed in separate attacks across Afghanistan within a single day, and on July 12 another four U.S. soldiers were reported killed in Helmand. While the numbers are still relatively low, the reaction, particularly in the United Kingdom, has been strong. Afghanistan had long been a war of intermittent casualties, the "other war." Now it is the prime theater of operations. The United States has changed the rules of the war, and so a great many thing

China's empire must end reliance on one man

China's empire must end reliance on one man By Jonathan Fenby Published: July 12 2009 19:59 | Last updated: July 12 2009 19:59 http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/3d0549d8-6f10-11de-9109-00144feabdc0.html Behind the high death toll and continued swapping of blame, the crisis confronting the Chinese leadership in the far western Xinjiang region says much about the way China is run. For all the record of economic growth, the shiny cities and the speculation about Beijing and Washington forming their own "G2", it is, in many ways, still an old-fashioned state. Habits stretching back to imperial times influence the behaviour of the nine men in dark suits with uniformly full heads of black hair who make up the ruling standing committee of the politburo. Central control by the anointed leadership – be it in the form of the empire's Mandate of Heaven or the tenets of Marxism, Maoism and the market espoused by today's Communist party – is paramount. Dissent equals treason. No

Fold the G-8 into the G-20

By James Roberts http://www.realclearworld.com/articles/2009/07/13/fold_the_g-8_into_the_g-20_96919.html The July 8-10 Group of Eight (G-8) summit in L'Aquila, Italy, was a waste of the world's time. It ended up as nothing more than an instant replay of the G-20 talkfest/photo-op held just three months ago in London. World economic conditions did not change significantly in that short period to justify the time and expense of the L'Aquila summit, which has been estimated to have cost the Italian government at least $300 million (the price tag for last year's G-8 Summit in Japan exceeded half a billion dollars). The G-8 process has outlived its usefulness. President Obama should insist that the meeting in Italy be the last G-8 event. He should also call upon G-20 leaders at the next meeting in Pittsburgh in September to reassert fiscal and monetary discipline in their countries, avoid excessive government interference, and preserve and protect the free enterprise sy

The G-8 Is Dead

By Dirk Kurbjuweit http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,635746,00.html The L'Aquila summit showed just how irrelevant the G-8 has become, as emerging economies demand more and more of a say at the negotiating table. But the new focus on common survival means that Western values such as human rights and democracy are being neglected. Democracy no longer counts for much. Neither does freedom. And human rights have lost their claim to universal validity. That, in a nutshell, is one result of the G-8 summit in the Italian city of L'Aquila last week. It was a funeral ceremony: The G-8 is dead, at least as a global leadership forum. It has now been reduced to a mere talking shop for certain heads of state and government. The important decisions are made elsewhere -- at the G-20, for example. The G-5 leaders pose for a photo in L'Aquila. From left: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Mexican President Felipe Caldero

INDIA ON THE CHAMPS ELYSEES

Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:52 pm (PDT) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be the chief guest at Bastille Day in Paris today(July 14). The political thought behind this gesture to the Indian Prime Minister should not be under-appreciated. Such decisions are made by governments taking into account the totality of bilateral relations with a country and how the future of the relationship is viewed. These are not simply goodwill generating public relations exercises. If India invited President Sarkozy to be the chief guest at our Republic Day celebrations in January last year, it was to underline the continuity of the strategic relationship with France. This was important in the context of India's growing international stature, the demands on us to bear greater responsibility for regional and global affairs which is theoretically acceptable but which requires deft diplomacy and grit as our contribution has to be within the compass of our own national interest and not subserve the interes

BALOCHISTAN: Another Insurgency Gains in Pakistan

July 12, 2009 By CARLOTTA GALL NewYork Times TURBAT, Pakistan — Three local political leaders were seized from a small legal office here in April, handcuffed, blindfolded and hustled into a waiting pickup truck in front of their lawyer and neighboring shopkeepers. Their bodies, riddled with bullets and badly decomposed in the scorching heat, were found in a date palm grove five days later. Local residents are convinced that the killings were the work of the Pakistani intelligence agencies, and the deaths have provided a new spark for revolt across Baluchistan, a vast and restless province in Pakistan’s southwest where the government faces yet another insurgency . Although not on the same scale as the Taliban insurgency in the northwest, the conflict in Baluchistan is steadily gaining ground. Politicians and analysts warn that it presents a distracting second front for the authorities, drawing off resources, like helicopters, that the United States provided Pakistan to fight the Ta

ANGER AGAINST BEIJING IN XINJIANG---AN UPDATE

B.RAMAN The anger against the Chinese in the Xinjiang province has two dimensions ---ethnic and religious. 2.The ethnic dimension is due to the Han colonisation of the province, which was independent before 1949 under the name Eastern Turkestan. Since it was occupied by the Chinese and incorporated into the People's Republic of China in October 1949, the Han colonisation has reduced the percentage of Uighurs in the province from 80 to 45. The percentage of Han Chinese has gone up from 10 to 40 . In Urumqi, the capital, the Hans constitute about 75 per cent of the population and the Uighurs only about 15 per cent. 3.The religious dimension is due to the restrictions imposed by the Chinese authorities on the observance of the Muslim religion and the alleged eradication of the Islamic character of the towns. These restrictions relate to the construction of new mosques. The religious anger is also due to the alleged demolition of some old mosques to make way for t