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CHRISTOPHER COLLEY APRIL 2, 2021 COMMENTARY The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is now the  largest navy  in the world. This development, announced in the  U.S. Department of Defense’s  2020 annual report on the Chinese military, appears to demonstrate a determined strategy in Beijing to develop a powerful blue water fleet. Both Chinese and outside naval experts speculate that the PLAN may have an Indian Ocean fleet in the near future. Supporting this possibility, multiple Chinese sources have started to articulate an emerging Indian Ocean strategy for the PLAN. These writings are useful to understand evolving Chinese grand strategy. Furthermore, Beijing is actively laying the groundwork for such a fleet both in terms of potential bases and logistical centers, as well as naval hardware. However, beyond its anti-piracy missions and naval presence, for political and technical reasons, the PLAN is currently unable (and possibly unwilling) to officially establish an Indian Ocean fleet

Russian Espionage Scandal in Bulgaria

Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 18 Issue: 52 By:  Margarita Assenova March 31, 2021 05:57 PM  Age: 2 days Bulgarian Prosecutor General's presentation on uncovered spy ring, March 19 (Source: On the eve of a critical parliamentary election on April 4, the Bulgarian authorities have exposed a major case of espionage on behalf of Russia, which entangles several high-ranking defense ministry officials. Six Bulgarian citizens, including three active defense ministry personnel, were arrested on March 18 and charged with espionage for obtaining classified information on Bulgaria, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union and providing it to Russian embassy officials in Sofia. On March 19, Bulgaria’s Prosecutor General publicly announced the charges and disclosed surveillance details, including phone calls and videotapes ( , March 19). Sofia subsequently expelled two Russian diplomats for involvement in espionage against Bulg

FBI puts Russian top manager Korshunov accused of espionage on wanted list

Emergencies April 02, 21:55 According to the the FBI office in Cincinnati, Ohio, Korshunov "is wanted for his alleged involvement in the theft of trade secrets from the United States" NEW YORK, April 2. /TASS/. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has put Alexander Korshunov, business development director of the Russian United Engine Corporation (UEC), who is accused of commercial espionage, on the wanted list. This is according to a statement the FBI office in Cincinnati, Ohio published on its website. According to the statement Korshunov "is wanted for his alleged involvement in the theft of trade secrets from the United States." "It is alleged that, between 2013 and 2018, Korshunov conspired and attempted to steal trade secrets from an American aviation company. Korshunov’s job was to encourage Western aviation companies to work with UEC to advance Russia’s aviation technology. He hired engineers employed by a subsidiary of a large United States aviatio

Explained: An ‘espionage plot’ in Italy, and how it could impact Russia-NATO ties

Home Explained The incident in Italy adds to the long list of occasions on which Russia has been accused of spying in Europe. By:  Explained Desk  | New Delhi | Updated: April 3, 2021 9:48:40 am General view of the Russian Embassy after a Russian army official, who is accredited with the embassy, and an Italian navy captain were arrested on suspicion of spying, in Rome, Italy, March 31, 2021. (Reuters Photo) In what is being described as the most serious spying incident since the Cold War, an Italian navy captain was arrested in Rome after allegedly being caught handing over classified information to a Russian diplomat, police said on Wednesday. The two were apprehended during a “clandestine meeting” on Tuesday night in the capital city, where sensitive information was said to be swapped in exchange for money. They now stand “accused of serious crimes tied to spying and state security”. ADVERTISEMENT Newsletter  |  Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inbox Later on Wednesday

Political campaigns: Marketing and branding

THE ASSAM TRIBUNE -  03 APR 2021 •  Dr Mahuya Deb, Prof Bhaskar Jyoti Bora With the elections occupying the centre stage in the poll-bound States, what is keeping the politicians busy is their aggressive campaign propagating their agendas. The political campaigns are no less than advertising tools. The way the parties strategies their activities is no lesser than the way a product is marketed. The recent elections have seen the emergence of political marketing as a new phenomenon where politicians as marketers use marketing concepts in their campaigning to woo the voters who are their targeted ‘customers’. This concept of political marketing embraces all operations and activities intended to achieve some specific or party goals which the party or political organization or candidate aims to achieve. It guides in developing proposed policy for election, how it could be propagated, how it should be communicated and easily accepted. Politicians engage in various marketing tactics to distri

A New Global Paradigm with China's One Belt, One Road Initiative, 2021

A New Global Paradigm with China's One Belt, One Road Initiative, 2021 Report Examines the Development of OBOR - China to Increase Trade by Nearly $1.7 Trillion through OBOR from 2020-2030 - April 02, 2021 10:55 AM Eastern Daylight Time DUBLIN--( BUSINESS WIRE )--The  "A New Global Paradigm with China's One Belt, One Road Initiative"  report has been added to's  offering. “A New Global Paradigm with China's One Belt, One Road Initiative” Tweet this This study examines the development of OBOR, also known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), provides insights on the strategic imperative of the initiative to China, shifts in the global economy due to enhanced connectivity and new trade relations, and their impact across various industries, trade, and economic scenarios. China envisions the revival of the ancient Silk Road, which previously facilitated trade with nations across Persia, Central Asia, and Europe for o

Russian Analytical Digest No 265: Russia's Relations With China

This edition considers recent developments in Russia’s relationship with China. Firstly, Marcin Kaczmarski suggests that in spite of renewed talk, obstacles remain for a fully-​​fledged Russia-​​China military alliance. Secondly, Xin Zhang focuses on Chinese elite and expert policy narratives about Russia, noting that they emphasize that the relationship operates on a level both distinct to, and higher than, an “axis of convenience”. Thirdly, Brian G. Carlson examines how Moscow’s ambitions for the Russia-​​India-​China triangle have been further undermined by the June 2020 Himalayan border clash between China and India Read more

Pakistan to import sugar, cotton from India: Hammad Azhar Published   March 31, 2021  -  Updated   5 minutes ago Finance Minister Hammad Azhar addressing a press conference after chairing a meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee on Wednesday . — DawnNewsTV The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) on Wednesday allowed the private sector to import 0.5 million tonnes of white sugar from India, Finance Minister Hammad Azhar said. The finance minister added that the country will also import cotton from India starting from end-June this year. Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Azhar said that the ECC also decided to reduce the prices of petrol and diesel citing lower rates in the international market. The price of petrol was reduced by Rs1 per litre while the price of diesel was reduced by Rs3 per litre, he shared. Another decision taken by the ECC during its meeting was to fix the minimum support price for wheat at Rs1,800 per 40 kg which Azhar termed as a "relief for our farmer brothers". The ECC also approved

Victory for Iran: India nears completion of Chabahar

Tuesday, 23 March 2021 7:38 PM   [ Last Update: Tuesday, 23 March 2021 8:26 PM ] Two Mobile Harbor Cranes (MHC), each weighing 100 tonnes, arrived at Shahid Beheshti port of Chabahar on Sunday, March 21, 2021. The second batch of equipment supplied by India has reached Chabahar, Iranian and Indian officials say, bringing New Delhi closer to full operation of the two terminals which it is developing in the port. India has been developing a part of Chabahar on Iran’s southeastern coast along the Gulf of Oman in order to expand trade with Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asian nations. Two Mobile Harbor Cranes (MHC), each weighing 100 tonnes, arrived in the port Sunday, more than a month after the first consignment of two 140-tonne MHCs was supplied. "Continuing with our commitment to develop Chabahar Port, second shipment of equipment reaches Shahid Behesti Terminal," India’s Ports Shipping and Waterways Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted Monday. Continuing with our commitment to

PROFILE: Dalit TMC candidate Manoranjan Byapari

BJP trying to mislead Matua with fake and arbitrary promises, claims Dalit TMC candidate Manoranjan Byapari The prolific Bengali Dalit writer has been influenced by the work of Left labour leader Shankar Guha Niyogi and is also a disciple of noted Bengali author Mahashweta Dev Sayantan Ghosh March 30, 2021 19:10:32 IST Parking his rickshaw at the side of the gate, Manoranjan Byapari enters his room at midnight. Election posters, flags and books lay scattered across the small room. After freshening up, he helps himself to some roti and  torkari  (sabzi) for dinner. Then, at least two hours of reading. He says that he cannot go to bed without reading a book. The prolific Bengali Dalit writer, who heads the Bangla Dalit Sahitya Academy, is now the Trinamool Congress candidate from Hooghly district's Balagarh constituency. He's led a remarkable and interesting life, working as a rickshaw puller, a cook, a helper at a crematorium, and even being convicted for his involvement with th