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China threatens to send warships inside US territorial waters

see full story...The Chinese Empire hits back... see url: https://www.washingtonexam threatens-to-send-warships- inside-us-territorial-waters Quote<<< China, on Wednesday, threatened to send warships into U.S. territorial waters. The Global Times called on People's Liberation Army Navy warships to travel to "U.S. military bases in the Asia-Pacific and the U.S. allies' coastlines to conduct close-in reconnaissance operations and declare freedom of navigation." The editorial added that "the U.S. will definitely see the PLA show up at its doorstep in the not-too-distant future." This isn't simple ranting. The Global Times operates under Central Foreign Affairs Commission Director Yang Jiechi . Its words represent a credible threat. Why is China so furious? It laments the "naked provocation" of a U.S. Navy destroyer's transit, on Wednesday, within 12 miles of a Chinese artificial island in the South China Sea. Y

Looking North: The European Union and Arctic Security from a Nordic and German Perspective

Looking North: The European Union and Arctic Security from a Nordic and German Perspective A KAS/Fridtjof Nansen Institute joint publication A collection of reports how Nordic countries and Germany perceive Arctic Security and the role of the EU Download  September 6, 2021 In this collection of eight reports authors from the five Nordic counties and Germany provided a comprehensive overview of Arctic security and the role of the European Union (EU) in that specific policy field, as seen from the Nordic countries and German perspective. The individual reports from Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Germany and the prospects for the EU derived from them show, that the value in endeavour these questions lies not only in providing an EU specific approach to Arctic security issues, but also to better comprehend challenges the EU must grapple with when further developing its Arctic policy.      Download ​​​​​​​Editors: Andreas Østhagen , Senior Research Fellow at the Fridtjof Nans

India to help Russia develop the Northern Sea Route into international shipping artery

Speaking via video link at the Eastern Economic Forum on Friday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced to the audience that India will help Russia turn the Northern Sea Route into an international trade artery. As he pointed out, “India and Russia are partners in space exploration through the Gaganyan program. Russia and India will also be partners in opening up the Northern Sea Route for international trade and commerce”. He added that the Chennai-Vladivostok sea corridor is currently under development. In September 2019, during a state visit to Vladivostok, the premier signed a Memorandum of Intent to open a full-fledged maritime route between Russia’s eastern port city and Chennai on India’s eastern seaboard ( TASS ).


09 SEP 2020 - 09:31  DOWNLOAD PUBLICATION  (PDF)   WAITING FOR BLOWBACK Recent Turkish interventions in parts of Syria, Iraq and Turkey itself, look like pushing various Kurdish armed forces and political groupings towards ‘defeat’ via a concerted regional strategy that combines battlefield action with repression and co-optation. But the ‘anti-terrorist’ frame and tactics that Ankara uses in a bid to solve its Kurdish problem feature many sticks and no compromises to improve Kurdish collective minority rights. It is likely that this approach will inhibit peaceful resistance and fail to reduce support for armed groups like the PKK and PYD despite their own authoritarian practices. Moreover, Turkey’s new regional militarism risks escalating conflict across the Middle East because of the complex international and transnational contexts in which Ankara’s interventions take place. Download  policy brief . A slightly modified version of this policy brief was also published in  Orient (Vol. I


06 SEP 2021 - 10:34  DOWNLOAD PUBLICATION  (PDF) THE CASE OF IDLIB The trigger for the Turkish Operation Spring Shield in northern Idlib in February 2020 was to prevent the Syrian conflict – especially extremists and refugees – spilling over into Turkey as the result of a new regime offensive. A deeper driver of the operation was Ankara’s desire to draw a line against further regime advances that might jeopardise Turkish territorial gains across northern Syria. Millions of Syrian internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the Islamist group Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) were the main – although unintended – beneficiaries of the operation. Tactically, Operation Spring Shield was a success because of a surge in Turkish military resources in northern Idlib, Ankara’s willingness to use them, and the speed with which Turkey acted. Strategically, it helped a great deal that Russia decided to stand aside for a few days. Russian-Turkish diplomacy resumed after battlefield conditions had shifted in

CHINA: Weekly Report 4|40 8.28.2021-9.3.2021

Highlights Xi Jinping gave a speech at the Central Conference on Ethnic Work, emphasizing the importance of building community consciousness and national identity across ethnic groups. (See Senior Leaders section) People’s Daily continued its Zhong Sheng commentary series focused on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, criticizing US nation-building efforts around the world. (See Propaganda Work section) Xi Jinping convened and presided over the 21st meeting of the Central Commission for Comprehensively Deepening Reform. (See Comprehensively Deepening Reform section) Senior Leaders Xi Jinping: Take Forging a Firm Consciousness of Chinese Communal [Identity] as the Central Theme of of Advancing High Quality Development of the Party’s Ethnic Work in the New Era People's Daily 8.27-28 In a speech at the Central Conference on Ethnic Work, Xi Jinping stressed “accurately grasping and comprehensively implementing our Party’s important thought relating to strengthening and improving e

The Taliban’s secret weapon: security

The Taliban doesn’t rely on drug money or Iranian bounty rewards for serious funding. It takes protection money from infrastructure and transport projects, and donations where it can get them by  Louis Imbert   Old article, 2010 : L ast  year Hajji Mohammad Shah began to build a new road outside the city of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan, to allow farmers in the Chahar Dara district to take their products to market in the provincial capital. The 25km road was funded by the Asian Development Bank at a cost of $82,000. But on the first day of construction, a member of the Taliban approached the district council of elders, who had commissioned the work, and demanded protection money. The elders paid $18,000 to make sure the road was not destroyed before it had even been completed. Then another Taliban turned up: they paid him too. When a third one arrived, the elders explained that they had no more money. So, one day in March 2010, Shah came back

Afghanistan: an outcome foretold

Can there be an end to forever wars? The airport bombings on 26 August claimed by Islamic State, killing more than a hundred including US soldiers and Taliban, show the fragility of Afghanistan’s new leaders. The US has been seriously undermined by this chaotic end to an unwinnable war of untold human cost, in an exhausted country whose people hope simply for peace. by  Martine Bulard   Johannes Eisele · AFP · Getty A fghanistan  is rightly known as the ‘graveyard of empires’. The Afghans successively defeated the Mughals and the Persians, and drove out the British in the 19th century and the Soviets in the 20th. Now the Americans are the latest to pack up and leave. After a 20-year military campaign — the longest in its history — during which it recruited 38 countries to the US crusade (under NATO command), Washington is leaving Afghanistan in total chaos. Symbolically, the military withdrawal — more like a rout — is happening just before the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the Wor

Istanbul, home to the new Arab world

The perfect balance between Islam and Modernity? Turkey’s open-door policy to Arabs fleeing political turmoil has created a vibrant Arab culture in Istanbul. As President Erdoğan continues to assert himself on the international stage, has he hit upon the ultimate brand of soft power? by  Killian Cogan   Tourists pose for a photo dressed as characters from their favourite Turkish TV drama series, Trabzon, August 2019 Kerem Uzel · Bloomberg · Getty T he  Shabaka Al-Arabiyya (Arab network) bookshop in the heart of Istanbul’s Fatih district, has become the haunt of the city’s Arab intelligentsia. The shelves are full of Arabic literary classics by authors such as Mahmoud Darwich, Naguib Mahfouz and Nizar Qabbani, and calligraphy on the wall pays tribute to the Abbasid poet Al-Mutanabbi. Every week, expatriates and exiles from all walks of life meet here to discuss the fate of their respective homelands over coffee, and when I visited, a young Egyptian novelist was signing copies of his new