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The demographic drag

AXIOS CHINA Bill Bishop China's National Bureau of Statistics' issued a  communique yesterday that provides more data on the looming demographic challenges for the country. By the numbers:  China's employment population has shrunk for the first time ever,  Caixin reports ... At the end of 2018, the number of people employed fell to 776 million, a drop of 540,000 from 2017, according to annual census data... The working-age population, or people between the ages of 16 and 59, also shrank — for the seventh consecutive year, down a total of 2.8% from 2011 to 2018, a clear sign that China’s population is aging rapidly. Plus , now there are more people 60 or older than under 15, the  Global Times reports ... The population aged 60 and above in China has for the first time surpassed those under 15, showing how the country's demographic structure is aging. According to the [NBS] statement ... the population of China was about 1.4 billion at the end of 2018. Among them,

Fighter Abhinandan: Minute by Minute combat details

Minute by Minute details 9:52 AM – Indian Netra and Northern Air command (?) detected ten F 16 took off from 3 Airbases from Pakistan. They came in 3 groups and merged in attack formation near POK. 9:54: AM – India scrambled 2 Mig21 Bisons and 4 Sukhoi MKi to intercept 10 PAK F16 9.58 AM – India sounded alert to PAF fighters that, you are about to encroach Indian air space. Please evade. 9.59 AM – India sounded alert # 2, to PAF with IFAC protocols and they didn’t respond 10:00 AM - PAF violates Indian airspace. With Swarm merge attack formation (which is tactical in nature) 10:01 AM - Nine F 16 forced to deviate path and within 1 KM of airspace they returned to POK side after heavy surface to air ground artillery and valiant fight from our Sukhoi and MIGs. 10:02 AM -  One PAK F16 went deep inside Indian territory probably 3 KMs to destroy an Oil storage at an Army Brigade HQ 10:03 AM – One IAF Sukoi and one Mig 21 Bison (Flt Lt Abhinandan Varthaman) continued engaging the F16

India’s New Israel Policy P. R. Kumaraswamy How the Decline of the Palestinian Issue and Economic Reorientation Accelerate Indo-Israeli Cooperation SWP Comment 2019/C 11, March 2019, 4 Pages In January 2019, about two weeks before India’s Republic Day, Israel’s National SecurityAdvisor, Meir Ben-Shabbat, flew to New Delhi and met Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi. While such consultations have been routine for the past two decades, the Israeli official chose the direct Air India flight from Tel Aviv – a new flight connection that could only be established due to an unprecedented permit for Israel-bound flights to fly over Saudi airspace. The small incident highlights the distance that India and Israel have traveled since the normalization of diplomatic relations in 1992. Today, the two states share an ever-growing cooperation, especially in the areas of security and eco­nomic development. This rapprochement with Israel is embedded in India’s broader Middle East strategy, in which especially t

_Indian pilot fired into air before being captured

*Tariq Naqash* Updated *Dawn *February 28, 2019, 2 PM Mr Razzaq said he saw a parachute descending towards the ground, which made landing around one kilometre away from his house but on the southern side. He jumped into a small pond where he tried to swallow some documents and maps *“two pilots emerged out of the parachute safe and sound,”* he told Dawn from Horra’n village by telephone.Mr Razzaq said he had in the meantime made calls to several youngsters in the village, asking them not to go close to the wreckage until arrival of the army personnel but get hold of the pilot. This pilot, who was equipped with a pistol, asked the youngsters whether it was India or Pakistan. On this, one of them intelligently responded that it was India. The pilot, later identified as Wing Commander Abhi Nandan, shouted some slogans and asked which place exactly it was in India. To this, the same boy responded that it was Qilla’n. The pilot told them that his “back was broken” and he needed wate

Pakistan demarched on the act of aggression against India

February 27, 2019 The Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan was summoned this afternoon by MEA to lodge a strong protest at the unprovoked act of aggression by Pakistan against India earlier today, including by violation of the Indian air space by Pakistan Air Force and targeting of Indian military posts.  This is in contrast to the India’s non-military anti-terror pre-emptive strike at a JeM terrorist camp in Balakot on 26 February 2019. It is unfortunate that instead of fulfilling its international obligation and bilateral commitment to take credible action against terrorist entities and individuals operating from its soil, Pakistan has acted with aggression against India. It was clearly conveyed that India reserves the right to take firm and decisive action to protect its national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity against any act of aggression or cross-border terrorism. India also strongly objected to Pakistan’s vulgar display of an injured personnel of the Indian

Balakot: Khalsas and Jihadis

Although the article from the link above was written last year, but it is an interesting read on the *historical battle of Balakot* between the *Khalsa and Jihadis * led by the Wahabi fanatic known as *Syad Ahmad Barelvi*. Syad Ahmad Barelvi is a very significant figure since his *Jihad is the first historically recorded Jihad inspired by the Wahabi ideology*. Jihadis of South Asia such as the Taliban movement take inspiration from Syad Ahmad Barelvi. Another thing noteworthy thing about this battle is that, a man named *Shah Ismail Shaheed* also died who was a top Islamic scholar and grandson of the great Islamic scholar *Shah Waliullah* under whose invitation *Ahmad Shah Abdali* had invaded India decades earlier inflicting the crushing defeat on the Mahrathas at the 3rd battle of Panipat. *ShahWaliullah* is considered the most significant Islamic personality in South Asia after Sheikh Ahmad Sirhindi “Mujjadad Alif Sani” who is considered the "reviver of the Islamic faith in th

Baloch Leader on the Indian Airforce Jets striking JeM training camps

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WBWF (World Baloch Women Forum) Vancouver, Canada(26/02/2019) - Below is the statement of Prof. Naela Quadri Baloch, head of WBWF (World Baloch Women's Forum) on the Indian Airforce Jets striking JeM training camps in Pakistan. "Pakistan has long been an exporter of terror across the world. After observing restraint for nearly three decades, India, a longstanding victim of cross-border terrorism sponsored by the Pakistani state, has at last targeted terrorist camps in Pakistan. As a responsible nation India has exercised its right to self-defence within the bounds of international law. The Baloch people wholeheartedly welcome this development. " "We also sincerely hope that regional powers such as India will widen the scope of their anti-terror strikes and cover Balochistan as well because Pakistan has used Balochistan as a base for training terrorists who are not only used to suppress the indigenous Baloch nation, but also target other co

India conducts Non Millitary Preemptive Strike on Terror camps

* Statement by Foreign Secretary on 26 February 2019 on the Strike on JeM training camp at Balakot On 14 February 2019, a suicide terror attack was conducted by a Pak based terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad, leading to the martyrdom of 40 brave jawans of the CRPF.  JeM has been active in Pakistan for the last two decades, and is led by MASOOD AZHAR with its headquarters in Bahawalpur.     This organization, which is proscribed by the UN, has been responsible of a series of terrorist attacks including on the Indian Parliament in December 2001 and the Pathankot airbase in January 2016.     Information regarding the location of training camps in Pakistan and PoJK has been provided to Pakistan from time to time.  Pakistan, however, denies their existence.  The existence of such massive training facilities capable of training hundreds of jidhadis could not have functioned without the knowledge of Pakistan authorities.     India has been repeatedly urging Pakistan to take action ag

The Bulletin: Monthly newsletter from Ananta Aspen Center

  A NEWSLETTER   DIALOGUES 8th India – US Track II Dialogue on Climate Change and Energy: playing by the Katowice rulebook 16th–18th January, 2019 / Boston, US   Seated, Row 1 (L-R): William Reilly, Former Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency (Co-chair); Ernest Moniz, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems, MIT; Former US Secretary of Energy; Jamshyd N Godrej, Chairman, Ananta Centre and Chairman, Godrej and Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited (Co-chair); John Podesta, Founder, Center for American Progress (Co-chair). Ananta Aspen Centre and the Aspen Institute US jointly convene the India US track II Dialogue on Climate Change and Energy. The civil-society dialogue, supported by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, builds on the initiatives originally launched in the energy MoU signed between President Obama and Prime Minister Singh at the 2009 summit in Washington.    India is working towards keeping its Copenhagen and Paris commitm

How a Norwegian coastal ferry service went global

Source: Cryopolitics by  Mia Bennett It's been a while since I wrote, and I have a lot of catching up to do. Aside from scrambling to finish two book chapters, I made trips to Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University, where I participated in a workshop on the future of autonomous technologies and robots in the Arctic, and to northern Norway, where I attended  Barents Spektakel, - an annual arts and culture festival for which the theme this year was "The World's Northernmost Chinatown." I'll write more about  robotic sled dogs soon. But first, I want to recap some of the significant changes I witnessed or heard about while I was in northern Norway last week, as I think they encapsulate many of the dynamics occurring in the wider Arctic today. They are in brief,  1) the rise of tourism; 2) the rise of Asia; 3) the rise of mining, and; 4) the rise of railroads.  In the coming week, I'll cover each one of these separately. The rise of tourism Six Januaries

Ananta supports Bharat Ke Veer

  Bharat Ke Veer is an initiative of the Ministry of Home Affairs to pay homage and support to India’s bravehearts from Paramilitary Forces.   Through this online portal , you can contribute financially to the families of our bravehearts who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.   To ensure maximum coverage, a cap of ₹ 15 lakhs is envisaged per braveheart and the donor would be alerted if the amount exceeds ₹ 15 lakhs, so that they can choose to either reduce their contribution or divert part of the contribution to another braveheart's account, or to the Bharat Ke Veer corpus.   Contribution is exempted under Section 80(G) of Income Tax Act. NRIs holding A/c in Indian banks can also contribute through Internet Banking. International Credit/Debit card holders can also contribute with their cards.   Ananta supports this initiative of the Ministry of Home Affairs and appeals to its fraternity to support the family of martyrs from the Para

GCSC Cyberstability Update, 22 February 2019

Your weekly news updates on the GCSC, its members, and relevant developments in the field of international cyber affairs. For more information about the GCSC, please visit . THE GCSC IN THE NEWS: Cyber Spies for Hire: Efforts to Control Cyber Weapons Ignore the Agents Who Use Them   This article by Alexi Drew was published in  The Conversation , 15 February 2019   Reports of malicious and targeted cyber attacks are becoming increasingly common around the world. As more complex and potentially damaging attacks into critical national infrastructure systems are discovered, calls are growing louder for international rules to govern this emerging battlefront. Global efforts are underway to govern the tools used in cyber attacks, such as the  Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace , which introduced a series of international norms about the use of cyberspace to promote the stability of the internet and good practice of everyone involved. Other efforts