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What the World’s Emptiest International Airport Says About China’s Influence

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/09/13/magazine/what-the-worlds-emptiest-international-airport-says-about-chinas-influence.html?mwrsm=WhatsApp&referer= 查看简体中文版 查看繁體中文版 ILLUSTRATION BY ANDREW RAE SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 On Money By BROOK LARMER The four-lane  highway leading out of the Sri Lankan town of Hambantota gets so little traffic that it sometimes attracts more wild elephants than automobiles. The pachyderms are intelligent — they seem to use the road as a jungle shortcut — but not intelligent enough, alas, to appreciate the pun their course embodies: It links together a series of white elephants, i.e. boondoggles, built and financed by the Chinese. Beyond the lonely highway itself, there is a 35,000-seat cricket stadium, an almost vacant $1.5 billion deepwater port and, 16 miles inland, a $209 million jewel known as “the world’s emptiest international airport.” Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, the second-largest in Sri Lanka, is designed to handle a million passe

Baloch Nation stand by with their Kurdish brothers on their historic referendum for Freedom.

http://balochistannationalcongress.blogspot.in/2017/09/baloch-nation-stand-by-with-their.html?m=1 Saturday, September 16, 2017 Baloch Nation stand by with their Kurdish brothers on their historic referendum for Freedom. PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 16, 2017 Washington, D.C: - Baloch Nation congratulate and stand by with their Kurdish brothers on their historic referendum for freedom and share their joy and enthusiasm to cease the opportunity to embrace the path of freedom and to be FREE as a nation among the free nations of the world, which was long overdue,” said Dr. Wahid Baloch, President of Balochistan National Congress (BNC) - Washing D.C Chapter. His Excellency  Qubad  Talabani  and Dr. Wahid Baloch Dr. Wahid Baloch who met with His Excellency Qubad Talabani, the U.S representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government, in his office in Washington, D.C in 2006, and extended solidarity to him on the behalf of Baloch Nation in perso

China's Risky Investment in Pakistan

http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/15/chinas-risky-investment-in-pakistan/ LAWRENCE SELLIN Retired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve 11:09 AM 09/15/2017 The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is part of China’s larger Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), aims to connect Asia through land-based and maritime economic zones. CPEC is an infrastructure project, the backbone of which is a transportation network connecting China to the Pakistani seaports of Gwadar and Karachi located on the Arabian Sea. Pakistan has made a different type of investment, in radical Islam, one which could become very costly to the Chinese. At a recent conference in the Chinese city of Xiamen, the five BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa,  issued a declaration  that for the first time highlighted shared concerns about terrorism from radical Islamic groups, most based in Pakistan. Although not naming Pakistan directly, the BRICS nations listed specific Islamic terrorist organization

China's Risky Investment in Pakistan

http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/15/chinas-risky-investment-in-pakistan/ LAWRENCE SELLIN Retired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve 11:09 AM 09/15/2017 The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is part of China’s larger Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), aims to connect Asia through land-based and maritime economic zones. CPEC is an infrastructure project, the backbone of which is a transportation network connecting China to the Pakistani seaports of Gwadar and Karachi located on the Arabian Sea. Pakistan has made a different type of investment, in radical Islam, one which could become very costly to the Chinese. At a recent conference in the Chinese city of Xiamen, the five BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa,  issued a declaration  that for the first time highlighted shared concerns about terrorism from radical Islamic groups, most based in Pakistan. Although not naming Pakistan directly, the BRICS nations listed specific Islamic terrorist organization

NIRMALA SEETHARAMAN, India's first full time, woman Defence Minister

🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯 NIRMALA SEETHARAMAN, India's first full time, woman Defence Minister . Indira Gandhi had held additional charge as the minister of defence. Nirmala Sitharaman a native of Madurai in Tamil Nadu, was born in a conservative Brahmin family to Shri Narayanan  Seetaraman (a Railway employee)  and Savitri, a housewife. She studied upto her middle school in various cìties of Tamil Nadu, because of her father's frequent transfers. For High School she and her sister went to be with her periamma(aunt) in Chennai. She did schooling in Savithri Vidyasala. She obtained a B.A. degree from  Seethalakshmi Ramaswamy College, Trichy, and an MA degree in economics from JNU, Delhi in 1980 in the Indo-European textile trade within the GATT framework got an MPhil.   While in JNU she met her husband Prakala Prabhakar, an Andhraite from Narasapuram, AP. In 1986 they got married and left for London where her husband enrolled for his PhD. She worked briefly as a Sales Girl in

గౌరీ లంకేశ్ ని కమ్యూనిస్టు లే చంపారు అట..!!

హిందూ అభ్యు... దయ్యాలు పోస్టులు పెడుతున్నాయి! వాటికి సపోర్టుగా మైనార్టీ అభ్యుదయవాదులు... కామెంట్లలో చెలరేగిపోతున్నారు! వీళ్లంతా... ఫ్రాన్స్ లో జీహాది మతం వారు మహమ్మద్ ప్రవక్త మీద ఒక కార్టూన్ వేసినందుకు, ఫ్రాన్స్ లో వాళ్ళ ఆఫీస్ కి వెళ్లి మరి ఆ పత్రిక వాళ్ళలో 12 మందిని చంపేస్తే...  నోట్లో నేతి లడ్డూలు పెట్టుకుని వీళ్లు అంతా మౌనంగా వుండిపోయినోళ్లే! ఇప్పడు పత్రిక స్వేచ్చ, హిందూ మతోన్మాదమ్ అని గుండెలు బాదుకుంటున్నారు..!! జర్నలిస్ట్ గౌరీ లంకేష్ గార్ని ఎవరు చంపారో తెలియలేదు కానీ కొందరు ఎరుపులు ఆ రక్తపు మరకల్ని కాషాయానికి అంటించే పనిలో నిమగ్నమైపోయారు. వీళ్ళ మేధస్సు ఆలోచనా శక్తి ముందర సిబీఐ - సీఐడి - చివరికి ఇంటర్ పోల్ కూడా బలాదూరే...!! అదే పనిగా ఒక వర్గం, ఒక మతం వార్ని విమర్శించి ఇంకో వర్గం, మతం  వారు అత్యంత దారుణాలకి పాల్పడుతుంటే తేలుకుట్టినట్లు వుండిపోవటం ఎ్పటికైనా 'దెబ్బే'! అది రుచి చూడాల్సిన టైం వస్తే 'గాంధీ'కే తప్పలేదు! గౌరీ లంకేష్ లు, కల్బూర్గీలు అందరు ఛస్తున్నది కాంగ్రెస్ పాలిత రాష్ట్రాల్లోనే. చేతకాని తనం చేయి పార్టీది. మోదీ ఎట్టి పరిస్థితుల్లోనూ కారణం కా

India-Japan Joint Statement during visit of Prime Minister of Japan to India (September 14, 2017)

http://www.mea.gov.in/bilateral-documents.htm?dtl/28946/IndiaJapan_Joint_Statement_during_visit_of_Prime_Minister_of_Japan_to_India_September_14_2017 India-Japan Joint Statement during visit of Prime Minister of Japan to India (September 14, 2017) September 14, 2017 Toward a Free, Open and Prosperous Indo-Pacific H.E. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan is paying an official visit to India from 13 September to 14 September, 2017 at the invitation of H.E. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India. On 14 September, the two Prime Ministers held strategic discussions on a wide range of issues under the Special Strategic and Global Partnership between the two countries. The two Prime Ministers welcomed significant deepening of bilateral relations in the past three years and the growing convergence in the political, economic and strategic interests, based on the firm foundation of common values and traditions, as well as on an emerging consensus on contemporary issues of peace, security an

Indonesia & China: The Sea Between

New New York Book Review Philip Bowring Kenzaburo Fukuhara-Pool/Getty Images Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Yanqi Lake, China, May 15, 2017 Indonesia has long been cautious in confronting China’s claims in the South China Sea, so its announcement on July 14 that it was renaming a part of the area the “North Natuna Sea” may have come to many as surprise. The new name encompasses a region north of the Natuna islands that partly falls within the infamous “nine dash line,” by which China claims the sea stretching fifteen hundred miles from its mainland coast almost to the shores of Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, and Indonesia. China immediately demanded a retraction—which it will not get. The naming was a reminder of how seriously Indonesia treats its position as the seat of ancient trading empires and location of some of the world’s strategically most important straits—Melaka, Sunda, Lombok, and Makassar. Since he was elected in 2014,

SOUTHERN ASIA IS HEATING UP: AN INDIAN PERSPECTIVE

https://warontherocks.com/2017/09/southern-asia-is-heating-up-an-indian-perspective/ GURMEET KANWAL SEPTEMBER 13, 2017  For special access to experts and other members of the national security community, check out the new  War on the Rocks  membership. FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedIn Editor’s Note: This is the fifth installment of “Southern (Dis)Comfort,” a new series from War on the Rocks and the Stimson Center. The series seeks to unpack the dynamics of intensifying competition — military, economic, diplomatic — in Southern Asia, principally between China, India, Pakistan, and the United States. Catch up on the rest of the series here.  Strife-torn Southern Asia is the second most unstable region in the world after West Asia. India has unresolved territorial disputes with both China and Pakistan. As the Line of Actual Control with China has not been demarcated, there are frequent patrol face-offs. A major standoff, that lasted over two months (mid-June to late August 2017) at