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The boy who kicked the hornet’s nest

The Australian   Sunday, May 31, 2020 WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN MAGAZINE The boy who kicked the hornet’s nest Student activist Drew Pavlou has always had a difficult relationship with authority. His anti-China stance has cost him dearly. By MATTHEW CONDON Drew Pavlou. Picture: Justine Walpole From  The Weekend Australian Magazine May 30, 2020 The thing you learn very quickly about Drew Pavlou is that he is a certified, card-carrying ­member of Generation Z. He and the fellow travellers of his epoch (born post-1996 or thereabouts) have iPhones and iPads grafted to their hands. They communicate via social media, and the more platforms the better. Nothing happens and nothing is real unless it is delivered in text form. Or in a video. Or via a meme ( Oxford Dictionary :  an image, video, piece of text, etc, typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by internet users, often with slight variations .) Negotiations with real human beings, in the actual physical world, therefore,

Chinese Incursions Into Vietnamese Waters, Security Implications for the Region, and the Potential Role of India

By:  Rajaram Panda May 29, 2020 12:20 PM  Age: 9 hours Image: A file photo of the Chinese survey vessel Haiyang Dizhi 8 (undated). Introduction: China Renews Its Maritime Sovereignty Claims at the Expense of Vietnam The outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic that began in the Chinese city of Wuhan has not deterred the People’s Republic of China (PRC) from pursuing its long-term strategic vision of asserting its sovereignty in the South China Sea (SCS) at the expense of smaller regional countries. The SCS has long been a potential flashpoint, as half a dozen countries make contending sovereignty claims—and China claims almost the entire region. In one of the most recent incidents on April 2, a Vietnamese fishing vessel near Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago was sunk by the Chinese Coast Guard. What exactly happened? The Vietnamese vessel

Drew Pavlou: He Criticized the CCP, Now His Australian University Wants to Expel Him

Drew Pavlou: He Criticized the CCP, Now His Australian University Wants to Expel Him 05/18/2020 MASSIMO INTROVIGNE 20-year-old Australian student became a thorn in the side of China. Actions taken against him exposed to the world how the CCP tries to control universities. by Massimo Introvigne Drew Pavlou may well be the most famous undergraduate student in the world. After he protested the CCP’s human rights violations in Hong Kong, Tibet, and Xinjiang, University of Queensland moved to expel him. Coming in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, and international reaction against Chinese infiltrations in the West, his case became a cause célèbre, and was covered inter alia by  The Washington Post  and  Foreign Policy . Not for the first time, the CCP’s bullying strategy backfired. Brisbane-based University of Queensland, the fifth largest in Australia and one reputed for academic


HIDDEN HAND - EXPOSING THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY'S HOSTILE INTERFERENCE AGAINST WESTERN DEMOCRACIES: WEBINAR DISCUSSION Source: With authorities in China continuing to increase their sharp power operations, European Values and the Macdonald-Laurier Institute have co-organized a webinar discussion to examine the Chinese Communist Party's hostile influence operations against the West. This conversation will feature Clive Hamilton and Mareike Ohlberg, co-authors of the upcoming book “ Hidden Hand: Exposing How The Chinese Communist Party Is Reshaping The World .” Learn more , or  watch the livestream here. Panelists: Mareike Ohlberg , Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund, DE Clive Hamilton , Professor of Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University, AU Charles Burton , MLI Senior Fellow, Senior Non-Resident Fellow at European Values Cen

What Nepal’s new aggression reveals for India and its neighbours

26 May 2020 MAYA MIRCHANDANI Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurating the Lipulekh Pass For the second time since its transition to a democratic republic, India’s relations with Nepal have deteriorated sharply. The latest controversy over the inauguration by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh of an 80-kilometre stretch of road that connects the Lipulekh Pass in the north eastern corner of Uttarakhand to Kailash Mansarovar in order to make the journey of pilgrims to the holy site far less fraught than the current route they take through the high mountains of Sikkim and Nepal, has brought into focus an outstanding boundary question between the two countries. Situated in Kalapani, at the tri-junction of Nepal, India and Tibet, the piece of land has been contentious for decades over what diplomats believe is a difference in perception over the real source of the Mahakali River that forms a border between India and Nepal. Citing the 1816 Sigauli agreement signed with the British, Nepal has p

Abysmal Human Rights Situation in Balochistan

Abysmal Human Rights Situation in Balochistan Nazir Ahmad Mir Dr Nazir Ahmad Mir is a Research Analyst at Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses  Click here for detailed profile More from the author  May 30, 2020 On the  Eid-ul-Fitr  day this year, instead of celebrating and feasting, relatives of Baloch missing persons chose to assemble outside Quetta press club and stage a hunger strike. 1  They demanded the early return of those missing so that it could be a happy occasion for them to celebrate. The sad case of missing persons has been going on for decades now. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has over the years condemned the Pakistan state for its dismal record in handling the cases of enforced disappearances in Balochistan and hinted at the involvement of state agencies in such cases. Media personalities taking up this issue have been coerced into silence; the attack on Ha

AUSTRALIA: China has been successful in ramping up its influence in Victoria

China has been successful in ramping up its influence in Victoria Clive Hamilton Professor at Charles Sturt University in Canberra May 23, 2020 — 11.31pm The cognitive dissonance is head-spinning. Up in Canberra, our leaders are stressing over Beijing’s vindictive payback after they called for an international inquiry into COVID-19. Down in Melbourne, Premier Daniel Andrews is basking in his warm relationship with Beijing as they move towards consolidating their Belt and Road agreement. Has Daniel Andrews gone too far with China? CREDIT: JAMES ROSS But for the strategists of the Chinese Communist Party there is no cognitive dissonance. The division is simply the desired outcome of a tactic known as “using the countryside to surround the city” or  nongcun baowei chengshi . How does this work? Since the scales fell from Canberra’s eyes and attitudes towards China began hardening – reflected in the ban on Huawei and the new foreign interfere