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Galwan Valley incident: What drove China – and what’s next for India?

India’s growing proximity to the US has irked its larger neighbour. Anurag Viswanath 2 hours ago https://scroll.in/article/965230/galwan-valley-incident-what-drove-china-what-next Mourners in Bhojraj village in Gurdaspur on June 18 carry the coffin of Satnam Singh, an Indian soldier who was killed in a border clash with Chinese troops in Ladakh region. | Munish Sharma/Reuters The trajectory of the India-China crisis beginning at Pangong Tso lake on May 5 and the ensuing tragedy, the death of 20 Indian soldiers and Chinese casualties in the Galwan Valley on June 15 raises some important questions on the contours of the Asian Century largely pillared so far by China. The idea of the Asian Century, of Asian resurgence and renaissance to counter the western narrative, global world order has been warmly welcomed in Asia. But in the last decade, the central pillar of the Asian rise has been China with the assumption that others such as India, Indonesia and members of Association of Southeast

Seeking atonement in Balochistan

Opinion Syed Khawar Mehdi June 20, 2020 In defining the political cartography subsequent to the tumultuous partition from British India the province of Balochistan has for varied reasons emerged as a recurring challenge to the State,... Share Next Story >>> In defining the political cartography subsequent to the tumultuous partition from British India the province of Balochistan has for varied reasons emerged as a recurring challenge to the State, albeit with successively deeper resonance and ramifications than acknowledged; notwithstanding the most illiberal deontological amendments enforced or adjudicated by those at the helm of affairs without giving much credence to the people, their sociopolitical landscape or lore. At Partition Balochistan was a time-trapped society; the rest of the areas that constituted Pakistan were far ahead in political, social and economic evolution. In essence a visible and tangible chasm has been there since Pakistan’s inception, which for inexcu

Friends and Enemies: A Framework for Understanding Chinese Political Interference in Democratic Countries

April 22, 2020 https://securingdemocracy.gmfus.org/friends-and-enemies-a-framework-for-understanding-chinese-political-interference-in-democratic-countries/ Matt Schrader China Analyst Introduction “For our friends, we produce fine wine. Jackals, we welcome with shotguns.” – Ambassador Gui Congyou, 2019 1 This was how a Chinese ambassador warned Sweden of potential consequences after Stockholm decided to honor a Swedish citizen imprisoned in China with a human rights prize. Ambassador Gui Congyou’s turn of phrase has a long history; it is the final line of a famous 1950s propaganda anthem written to eulogize China’s bloody contest with the United States on the Korean Peninsula. 2  Gui’s statement would be easy to dismiss as the words of a single ambassador, but his statement is consistent with two patterns in the Chinese Communist Party’s interactions with the outside world. 3 The first is China’s growing global assertiveness under Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping. Prior to

Proper scenario-planning for the country’s future

Opinion |  4 min read   .   31 Jul 2019 Arun Maira India is a huge, complex system, with many social, political and economic forces swirling within it https://www.livemint.com/news/india/opinion-proper-scenario-planning-for-the-country-s-future-1564592485477.html As the new millennium dawned, Goldman Sachs’ Jim O’Neill projected that BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) would drive the global economy. However, BRICS faded soon, a global financial crisis struck in 2008, and the G20 was put in the driver’s seat. Now, with trade wars erupting, economists say G2—the US and China—is calling the shots. Arvind Subramanian, former economic adviser to the Indian government, has turned this around. He says “G-minus-2" will shape the future. It is difficult to see through the fog of uncertainty. However, it is clear that economists are confused and their extrapolations have not been reliable. It is ironic that Subramanian has cast grave doubts about India’s own economic numb

What we learned from John Bolton's eye-popping tale of working with Trump

What we learned from John Bolton's eye-popping tale of working with Trump see url:  https://edition.cnn.com/2020/0 6/17/politics/bolton-book-what -we-learned/index.html Quote<<< John Bolton details a troubling and shocking series of allegations in a new book about his tenure as President Donald Trump's national security adviser, alleging Trump requested Chinese help to win the 2020 election, that the President argued Venezuela is part of the US, that he casually offered to intervene in the criminal justice system for foreign leaders and that his own senior officials mocked him behind his back. Bolton refused to testify during Trump's impeachment inquiry, choosing instead to save his disclosures for the book that has already vaulted to Amazon's best seller list, though he later said he would testify in the impeachment trial if subpoenaed by the Senate. He argues in the book that lawmakers should have broadened impeachment inquiries to examine a raft of ways Trum

The Bloody China-India Border Fight Is a Lot Like the Last One

In 1967, a fierce clash over an unstable frontier killed hundreds. BY   MICHAEL ROWAND   |   JUNE 18, 2020, 6:02 PM Indian Army vehicles drive on a road near Chang La high mountain pass in northern India's Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir state near the border with China on June 17.  STR/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES Chinese and Indian troops killing each other in the thin air of the Himalayas. America torn by violent confrontations between police and protesters. Rumors of leadership turmoil in Beijing. It’s not 2020. It’s 1967. https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/06/18/china-india-1967-nathu-la-war/ The last time there was an incident as deadly as  Monday’s along the China-India border , Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were both teenagers. In 1967, in the Himalayas far to the southeast of the location of the present violence, several deadly encounters between the world’s two most populous countries left dozens of Indians and Chinese dead. Coming only five

Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang clash over support of street vendors

MERICS, Berlin ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ The facts : China’s president Xi Jinping and premier Li Keqiang seem to disagree over the role and treatment of street vendors in reviving the Chinese economy in the aftermath of the coronavirus epidemic. During a trip to Shandong province at the beginning of June, Li openly addressed employment concerns and praised street vendors for creating jobs. The term “street stall economy” (地摊经济) soon became a popular buzzword. Xi’s regime, however, has previously cracked down on street stalls – especially in Beijing – and Li’s remarks were swiftly rebutted by official state media. What to watch for : Mixed signals from China’s leadership have left citizens and local-government officials confused about what – if any – level of state support for street vendors is deemed appropriate. The shape of any post-Covid-19 economic stimulus and policies will not only be important indicators for the speed and scope of China’s economic recovery. The inclusion or exclusion of major s

THE CHINESE SCHEME

~ Nisheeth Sharan https://www.facebook.com/nisheeth.sharan "While Indians might have harboured confusion about their relationship with China, China has been clear about their POV.  They consider India an adversary to be weakened, broken and subjugated in every way.  And they have been at it for years now. Let military men talk about military things. As a businessman, let me talk about business.  Let me tell you 2 anecdotes about China.  *CASE-1* Back in 2008/09, I had to procure a particularly large quantity of flooring from China for a hotel project. Indian manufacturers had scant range. Europeans were far too expensive. It made sense to explore China.  So I spent considerable time exploring the best that China had to offer. The best of what I liked fell in the vitrified range, which had very attractive pricing, but attracted an Anti Dumping Duty in India. The option was to settle for Ceramic, which was at best a compromise. Since the order was pretty large and I seemed keen on t