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Japanese government urged to establish industrial espionage unit

AUGUST 27, 2020  BY  MAI TAO   LEAVE A COMMENT The Japanese government is being urged to establish an industrial espionage unit to try and stop spies stealing secrets relating to advanced technologies being developed by successful companies in the country.  According to a report on the  Nikkei Asian Review  website, the Liberal Democratic Party, led by current Japanese President Shinzō Abe, is formulating a list of recommendations aimed at preventing industrial espionage against Japanese companies. As quoted by Nikkei, Akira Amari, one of the LDP’s leading members, says: “The need for intelligence capabilities is broadening beyond sensitive military-related information to a wide range of private-sector data.” President Abe, who is said to be a tech fanatic, is likely to support the recommendations and a new security agency or unit specifically to analyze and investigate “economic security issues”. Nikkei says Japan currently has no “specialized” anti-industrial espionage agency of that

Pakistan a fake democracy, India needs to break Pak’s nexus with China, says self-exiled Uyghur leader

By:  Huma Siddiqui Published: August 29, 2020 2:27 PM "If we can stop China backing Pakistan, then the question of Jammu and Kashmir can be peacefully solved," Kokbore, Director of the Chinese Affairs Department of the World Uyghur Congress said. X Islamabad, he added is using religion to fan terrorism in both Kashmir and Afghanistan. (Image: Facebook/Ilshat Kokbore) China has to be stopped from backing Pakistan. And India can play a vital role when it joins other local superpowers in doing so. Only when China-Pakistan nexus is broken can the issue of Kashmir between India and Pakistan solved, according to a senior Uyghur leader, currently in self-imposed exile in the United States. He also went on to call Pakistan “a fake democracy, living in the Middle Ages”. Islamabad, he added is using religion to fan terrorism in both Kashmir and Afghanistan. Releasing a 48-page Report on ‘Comparative Study of Human Development and Human Rights in Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied

Hitting China Where it Hurts Most: Choking Xi Jinping’s Signature Belt and Road Initiative

Experts believe that a possible squeeze on Xi Jinping’s pet project will at least act as a speed bump in Chinese ambition of global dominance. The BRI has been projected to be at the forefront of the change that the Xi Jinping regime would bring about in China since 1978. (Photo: Reuters) Maha Siddiqui CNN-NEWS18 UPDATED ON:  AUGUST 28, 2020, 11:43 AM IST FOLLOW US ON:   Twenty four Chinese state-owned enterprises were added to the Entity List by the US Department of Commerce on Wednesday. This list now includes China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) and some of its subsidiaries. The reason cited for the licensing restrictions by the US State Department is that the company indulged in malign activities in the South China Sea. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “CCCC led the destructive dredging of the PRC’s South China Sea outposts and is also one of the leading contractors used by Beijing in its global ‘One Belt One Road’ strategy. CCCC and its subsidiaries have engaged in

Chinese Foreign Minister in Europe to prevent transatlantic front against Beijing

MERICS, Berlin   ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ The facts : China’s diplomacy is getting into gear again after a months-long, coronavirus-induced break. In his first trip abroad since the beginning of the pandemic, Foreign Minister Wang Yi is touring Europe this week to bolster relations. Wang visited Italy and the Netherlands on Tuesday and Wednesday. He will also travel to Norway, France and Germany to discuss collaboration during and after the pandemic – including vaccine development and economic cooperation – and the role of multilateralism in a changing global order.  What to watch : Huawei and Hong Kong will be particularly hot topics. Beijing hopes to persuade countries not to ban the use of the telecom equipment maker’s 5G technology or overtly tighten regulations that might lead to de fact bans. Berlin has been one of the European governments most reluctant to consider Huawei’s exclusion from 5G networks. After EU member states last month initiated measures to counter China’s actions in Hong

Making it Count. Statistics and Statecraft in the Early People’s Republic of China

Making it Count. Statistics and Statecraft in the Early People’s Republic of China by Arunabh Ghosh (Princeton University Press, 2020)    ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ Statistics is rightly receiving new attention in these times of Big Data and Covid-19. This book by Arunabh Ghosh, an associate professor of history at Harvard University, shows how collecting and analyzing data can influence the development of a country. Ghosh uses a striking array of details and a broad study of sources to lead us through the world of statistics and statisticians in 1950s China.    The historian kicks off his three sections (and nine chapters) by laying out the enthusiastic but often also faltering advent of modern China’s statisticians – people who wanted to put the new tools introduced by Soviet experts fully in the service of the newly founded People's Republic. But in Part 2, Ghosh impressively demonstrates how their lack of uniform data-collecting standards and an overabundant reporting system made statisti

PROFILE: Xiao Yaqing – China’s new Minister of Industry and Information Technology

­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ The 61-year-old Xiao Yaqing was recently named China’s new minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), taking over from Miao Wei, who had reached retirement age.  The new post gives Xiao, a Beijing native, key responsibility for rolling out China’s ambitious plans for digitalization, ramping up domestic industrial innovation and modernization. China has announced huge investments in “new infrastructure” – including 5G, national data centers, AI – as part of its post-coronavirus recovery plan. As head of the MIIT, Xiao will oversee large parts of this, licensing new technologies or crafting strategic policy for China’s digital and industrial infrastructure of tomorrow.   Xiao has made a name for himself as a very capable administrator and manager. And he brings deep and diverse experience to the job: He served as head of the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR), China’s main market regulator; as director of the State-owned Assets

Chinese Soldiers, a note

Galwan encounter with Indian troops was a classic case of close combat hand to hand encounter. Indians are used to such close quarter encounters. China has a policy of hiring Soldiers straight from Universities for few year's and then are discharged. The policy makers in China emphasised more on Technology and not so much on professional experience and expertise. A typical PLA Soldiers serves for few years and returns to pursue higher studies. High Ranking Officials ensure that their children after serving in Armed Forces are suitably placed in Political Wing of PLA. Xi Jinping is one such example. A Princeling by birth (Father was a Vice Premier), Xi Jinping served in PLA for a very brief period before joining the Political Hierarchy if CCP.  Most of the youngsters in China are reluctant to join Chinese Armed Forces and would much rather continue with their studies abroad or pursue their education in better Universities in China.  China is trying to fill the gap by trying to recru

Veer Gatha – The forgotten warriors | Lachit Borphukan

by   Atul Kumar Mishra 26 July 2014 in   History Mughal Durbar, Agra ——————————————- “We haven’t seen him…we don’t know if he is a mortal or a folklore but I know of people confessing that they have witnessed the golden radiance of The Hengdang” the scout said. Advertisement “What is the Hengdang?” a furious Aurangzeb asked. “It is a sword sir…Lachit owns the blade…King Chakradhwaj Singha presented it to him” the scout replied meekly. “What is he? A human, a ghost or these Hindus seriously have gods that walk around in human shapes with mythical swords in their hands?” Aurangzeb was exasperated. “He is very much a man sir, the Commander-in-Chief of the Ahom army” replied another scout. “If he is a man, then he will die” Aurangzeb announced. The royal durbar was dispersed. Ahom Base, somewhere in the outskirts of Guwahati —————————————————————————– Soldier1: The night raid idea was brilliant commander Soldier2: The Mughals thought that they can destroy us with their cannons at the banks

Prominent members of civil society strongly condemn Government’s plan to separate Karachi from Sindh.

27th August 2020 We, the undersigned, are gravely concerned about the recent media reports of separation of Karachi from Sindh. Karachi is the capital and heart of Sindh, and any suggestion and attempt of separation or federal control will be unacceptable to any Sindhi. Unfortunately, conspiracy to control and separate Karachi from Sindh started since the inception of Pakistan, when the federal government against the explicit desires of the Sindh government and Sindhi people declared Karachi the county's capital. The federal government occupied all its assets and essential buildings without any compensation. Sindhi people, Sindhi language, and institutions were uprooted. Those who opposed the illegal and anti-democratic move were sent to prisons and were barred from politics. The impacts of this continue to linger on Sindhi people to date. After the capital moved to Islamabad, the conspiracy to control Karachi by the federal govt and their supported wasted interests never went away

Commentary: Who Are The Leaders of Maoist Movement? No Surprises! Upper Caste Brahmins Only

It is no surprise that from  Indian media  to  courts  and almost every sphere of life, Brahmins who constitute around 5% of the total population of India, dominate, filling almost all the top positions and using Dalit-Bahujans for their own motives. Maoist movement in India is no different. ✓ The Adivasis, the sons of the soil, in spite of being 30% of the population of Chattisgarh, are incapable of organising themselves into their own political party and capturing political power in the stat e. The castes that are in micro-minority are ruling the roost in Chattisgarh. Adivasis aren’t able to put up any opposition, through constitutional means, to the pro-capitalists, anti-Adivasis government policies. ✔️I wonder, then, how few Adivasis are in a position to engage into unconstitutional means and organise themselves to fight a guerrilla warfare against a mighty state apparatus?  ✔️How are the impoverished Adivasis in a position to buy the kind of weapons and equipment required to fight

Here’s what China is doing in Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan. It doesn’t look good for India

New Delhi is worried that S. Asia, once very much under its spell, could be slipping from its grasp. The key lies in PM Modi’s charisma now. JYOTI MALHOTRA 25 August, 2020 11:48 am IST File image of PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping | Wikimedia Commons T he Chinese are not just inside Indian territory, they seem to be closing in and around India as well. From Afghanistan in the north-west to Nepal in the north to Bangladesh in the east, the Chinese are no longer just expanding influence in South Asia, they are close to becoming its pre-eminent power. Less than 24 hours ago, India received another jolt to her regional ambitions as Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood  Qureshi invited China’s  special envoy to Afghanistan, Liu Jian, to Islamabad to help end the 19-year-war in that country. Qureshi is today meeting a Taliban  delegation , led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar – who the Pakistanis kept in a jail safe-house for more than eight years before  releasing  him back

Why India's Liberals Love To Hate Rahul Gandhi

Aunindyo Chakravart Published : August 26, 2020 1:30 pm IST On a balmy afternoon, about six years ago, I sat across from a well-known corporate figure, who often appeared in TV studios on behalf of the Congress party. The man, who shall remain unnamed, had arranged a lunch meeting with a foreign CEO who was visiting India. Since the CEO was running late, we ordered our soup. Over an excellent lobster  shorba  - which I duly paid for to display my integrity - our conversation drifted to the future of the Congress party and Rahul Gandhi. "The problem with Rahul is that he is not even a Leftist," said the man, who had earlier worked with the Gandhi scion's father. "The Left believes in progress, investment and industrial growth. Rahul doesn't, because he is post-modernist. What the Congress needs is fresh young talent, such as Jyotiraditya or Sachin Pilot." I took his gentle rant with a pinch of salt (the  shorba  needed it), but in hindsight, I think the gentl

China says controversial Myanmar city not a Belt and Road Initiative project

China is strengthening cooperation with Myanmar on law enforcement. PHOTO: REUTERS PUBLISHED 2 HOURS AGO Tan Hui Yee Indochina Bureau Chief   BANGKOK - Beijing has distanced itself from a controversial US$15 billion (S$20.5 billion) Myanmar border city allegedly being built around gambling by Chinese investors. The Shwe Kokko New City in Myanmar's Kayin state "is a third-country investment and has nothing to do with the Belt and Road Initiative", the Chinese embassy in Myanmar said in a statement posted on Facebook on Tuesday night (Aug 25). The project is under investigation by the Myanmar government over the legality of its operations. Beijing's position on cross-border gambling is "consistent and clear", it said. "Chinese capital is not allowed to invest in foreign casinos, Chinese citizens are not allowed to participate in foreign casino operation, and foreign casinos are not allowed to attract Chinese citizens to gamble," it said. China is str

Adani Joins Ambani In Attempting Full-On Dominance

Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg (c) 2020 Bloomberg Published : August 25, 2020 12:34 pm IS Two years ago, India rolled out a laudable plan to unlock the capital trapped in some of its smaller airports. But the actual outcome from privatization was less than reassuring: All six airfields put on the block went to one bidder.  If that wasn't enough, multiple media reports now say that Ahmedabad, Gujarat-based billionaire Gautam Adani, an early and enthusiastic supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, might also succeed in taking control of the already-privatized Mumbai airport, as well as a new one coming up on the financial center's outskirts.  Airports are natural monopolies. To have one private owner controlling eight or more — a fresh batch of six will soon go under the hammer — can't possibly be great news for airlines, fliers, or businesses operating from the premises.  More worryingly, the concentration of economic power in aviation infrastructure is now symptomatic of a b