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Japanese official Tadashi Maeda dismisses China’s Belt and Road Initiative as just a ‘political show’

Diplomacy Japanese official Tadashi Maeda dismisses China’s Belt and Road Initiative as just a ‘political show’ Tokyo hopes its China-containment project will eventually include Taiwan as a participant, says the governor of the Japan Bank for International CooperationTadashi Maeda says Japan’s own strategy ‘is based on three pillars: promotion of the rule of law, freedom of navigation and free trade’ Topic | China-Japan relations Lee Jeong-ho Published: 6:25am, 18 Oct, 2019 Updated: 11:04pm, 18 Oct, 2019 China’s multibillion-dollar infrastructure plan, the Belt and Road Initiative, is a “political show” that lacks real substance, the head of Japan’s international development agency said on Thursday, adding that Japan ultimately hopes to include Taiwan as a participant in its China-containment project.   Speaking at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, Tadashi Maeda, governor of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), criticised the b

How Pakistan’s Generals turned the country into an international jihadi tourist resort

An article by a Pakistani, about Pakistan Army. An impressive and telling Govind -------------------- - How Pakistan’s Generals turned the country into an international jihadi tourist resort BY Mohammad Hanif (Mohammed Hanif is the author of A Case of Exploding Mangoes(2008), his first novel, a satire on the death of General Zia ul Haq) What is the last thing you say to your best general when ordering him into a do-or-die mission? A prayer maybe, if you are religiously inclined. A short lecture, underlining the importance of the mission, if you want to keep it businesslike. Or maybe you’ll wish him good luck accompanied by a clicking of the heels and a final salute. On the night of 5 July 1977 as Operation Fair Play, meant to topple Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s elected government, was about to commence, then Army Chief General Zia ul Haq took aside his right-hand man and Corps Commander of 10th Corps Lieutenant General Faiz Ali Chishti and whispered to him: “Murshid, marwa na daina.” (G

Rani Abbakka Chowta, brave heart of Mangalore

The year was 1555. Portuguese colonial power was at its peak in the 1500’s. They destroyed Zamorins of Calicut. Defeated the Sultan of Bijapur. Took away Daman from the Sultan of Gujarat, Established a colony in Mylapore, Captured Bombay and made Goa as their headquarters. And while they were at it, pretty much unchallenged, they even ruined the ancient Kapaleeswarar Temple to build a Church over it. Their next target, the super profitable port of Mangalore. Their only bad luck, just 14 kilometers south of Mangalore was the small settlement of Ullal - ruled then by a feisty 30 year old woman - Rani Abbakka Chowta. Initially, they took her lightly and sent a few boats and soldiers to capture and bring her back to Goa - Those boats never came back. Shocked and enraged, they sent a huge fleet of ships this time, under the command of much celebrated Admiral Dom Álvaro da Silveira - The admiral soon returned, badly injured and empty handed. Thereafter, another Portuguese fleet was sent

Trump Withdraws Troops From Syria: The Fallout

Chatam House 15 October 2019 Lindsay Newman and Leslie Vinjamuri survey the damage the president’s latest move has done to US foreign policy. Dr Lindsay Newman Senior Research Fellow, US and the Americas Programme @lindsayrsnewman LinkedIn Dr Leslie Vinjamuri Head of the US and the Americas Programme, and Dean of the Queen Elizabeth II Academy, Chatham House @londonvinjamuri Google Scholar 2019-10-15-TrumpCC.jpg Donald Trump walks from Marine One to Air Force One at Ocala International Airport on 3 October. Photo: Getty Images.       A tactical approach to Turkey has failed Lindsay Newman The US approach to Turkey under President Donald Trump has been tactical, consisting of a series of mixed signals. In August 2018, the US imposed sanctions on several Turkish officials to pressure for the release of detained American pastor Andrew Brunson. With the Turkish lira plummeting, Brunson was released in October of that year. In a separate incident, after squeezing Turk