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India’s concern on China helping Afghanistan under Belt and Road Initiative inappropriate: Taliban

Under the project, China has helped in building roads and ports in several countries. Scroll Staff Sep 15, 2021 · 06:02 pm Updated Sep 15, 2021 · 07:28 pm Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen. |  Suhail Shaheen via Twitter Taliban Spokesperson  Suhail Shaheen  on Tuesday said that India’s apprehensions about China helping Afghanistan under its Belt and Road Initiative are “inappropriate”,  The Global Times  reported on Tuesday. Till March, 139 countries had entered into  agreements with China , which has helped these nations in building roads and ports under the Belt and Road Initiative, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. India has been critical of the Belt and Road Initiative as one of its components, the  China-Pakistan Economic Corridor , passes through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. ADVERTISEMENT In an interview to  The Global Times,  Shaheen said that there was nothing wrong in China helping Afghanistan under the project. “Some of India’s concerns aren’t appropriate, ne

INFORMATION CAPABILITY AND DEFENSE

Online The dynamism of today’s global information environment underscores an essential role of strategic communication for government agencies with international concerns, including the military. Although the U.S. Department of Defense established Cyber Command and encouraged the armed forces to expand their Information Operations capabilities, the military culture continues to look at the information domain as a sphere to influence only during hostilities. So what does information capability mean in this context? How should the efforts be aligned with the other agencies and partners? Lt. Col. Gregory M. Tomlin  will present a proposal of an expansion of the military definition of “engagement” that is currently restricted to striking targets with lethal force. His talk will explain the limitations of applying the Joint Targeting Cycle to all military efforts in the information domain and will conceptualize a new methodology—the Global Engagement Cycle—to identify audiences, develop mes

Next-Generation European Political Leaders' Views on Transatlantic Cooperation

SEPTEMBER 14, 2021 by Bruce Stokes 24 min read Summary Germans go to the polls on September 26 in historic elections. After 16 years in power, Chancellor Angela Merkel, a strong proponent of close U.S.-European ties, is stepping down. All three major candidates for the chancellorship are confirmed transatlanticists. But, whoever prevails, a new era is about to begin in German and European politics and in Europe’s relationship with the United States. The next generation of political leaders who will soon step onto the governing stage are now waiting in the wings across Europe, in national parliaments and in the European Parliament. In the years ahead, they will help shape Europe and its ties with the United States. Their priorities and their views on the future of the transatlantic relationship will determine whether the two sides can work together in dealing with challenges they share: China, climate change, technology, the economy, and security. Napoleon Bonaparte once observed: “To u

Russia Kicks Off Arctic Military Drills to Secure Sea Route

The Russian military is preparing its troops to protect the Northern Sea Route and nearby areas strategically important to Russia. “The practical actions of the Northern Fleet troops will take place in the waters of the Barents, Kara, Chukchi, East Siberian and Laptev seas, New Siberian Islands and the Franz Josef Land archipelago,” Interfax quoted the fleet as saying. The drills are expected to consist of analyzing potential areas for conflict along the route and weather conditions or using warships, aircraft and other military vehicles. 8,000 Russian troops are participating in the military exercises, which are speculated to last for at least two months. They will practice communication methods, as well as defending Russia’s military posts along the Northern Sea Route. The drills follow a series of civil defense drills along the Russian Arctic, during which Russia’s  Emergency Situations Minister Yevgeny Zinichev died  trying to rescue a civilian ( The Moscow Times ).

Could Washington Support Balochistan Independence?

Could Washington Support Balochistan Independence? September 12, 2021     Topic:  Foreign Policy     Region:  Americas     The possibility that a future American administration may try a “Kuwait” solution with Balochistan is growing. by  Michael Rubin In 1899, Great Britain cut a deal with a separatist leader in Kuwait to make the small Persian Gulf territory a British protectorate. For the British, severing Kuwait’s links to Ottoman Iraq made strategic sense: By empowering Kuwait as a separate entity with a foreign policy subordinate to Britain’s own, the [British] India Office was able to  stymie a German plan  to build a railhead on the Persian Gulf. Pakistan may be riding high after the Taliban victory in Afghanistan. Many of Pakistan’s most senior officials celebrate American defeat. This should not surprise anyone. While the United States and Pakistan were allies during the Cold War, the bilateral partnership was  always fraught . Pakistan,  with reason , resented both that they

Hyderabad 1948: When the ‘7 Mirzas’ asked the Nizam to disband the Razakars

September 15, 2021 by Guest Contributor By Vijay Burgula Hyderabad:13th September 1948 which marks the beginning of Police Action must have been a day of heartbreak for nationalist minded Muslims such as Fareed Mirza in Hyderabad as the Indian Army launched Operation Polo. The context: Situated in the heart of British India, the last Nizam’s (Mir Osman Ali Khan) state of Hyderabad was the largest princely kingdom comprising of Kannada, Maratha and Telugu (Telangana) speaking regions with an 84% Hindu population that had an incipient modernizing government under the last two Nizams with 70% of government employment going to Muslims. A nascent Muslim middle-class and intelligentsia flourished and nationalist, progressive and radical Muslim leaders emerged. Fareed Mirza was a nationalist Muslim who was influenced by the writings of Mahatma Gandhi and former and first Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Mirza was appointed as a Tahsildar in 1941 but a year later in 1942, his nationalis

CHINA: International Liaison Work

9.8  At the invitation of the CCP International Department (CCP/ID), ambassadors and consuls general from the diplomatic missions in China of Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, the Maldives, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam traveled to Guilin , Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (ZAR). While there, they participated in an exchange activity titled “ Forging a Community for the Chinese Nation while on the Journey from Poverty Alleviation to Common Prosperity: The Vivid Practices of Guangxi Ethnic Minority Areas ” and inspected Xilong Village (喜龙村), a local ethnic minority model village for poverty alleviation. Participants included CCP/ID Head Song Tao (宋涛), Guangxi ZAR Party Committee Standing Committee Member and Guangxi ZAR United Front Department Head Xu Shaochuan (徐绍川), Guilin Municipal Party Committee Secretary Zhou Jiabin (周家斌), Bangladeshi Ambassador to China Mahbub Uz Zaman, Malaysian Ambassador to China Raja Dato’ Nushirwan Zainal Abidin, and

How the Belt and Road Initiative could support an ageing population

  World Economic Forum 12 hours ago (Credit: Unsplash) This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of  The European Sting  with the  World Economic Forum . Author: Alpen Sheth, Senior Technologist, Mercy Corps Ventures China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) could facilitate unprecedented levels of cooperation between East and West. Despite very different demographic histories, China and Europe currently share the challenge of an ageing population. The BRI could enable the two regions to empower the elderly through healthcare innovation, training and infrastructure. Over nearly a decade, the steppe surrounding Khorgos, the border town between China and Kazakhstan, has been transformed as China builds the hub of the New Silk Road. The world’s largest dry port, part of the  Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) , is rapidly becoming China’s gateway to Western Europe. There have been many criticisms of the BRI, particularly of its  environmental impact . And yet hubs such as this c

CPEC’s 10th JCC meeting next week: Khalid

APP September 14, 2021 ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on CPEC Khalid Mansoor on Monday said Pakistan is committed to taking forward the second phase of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor by making it a... Share Next Story >>> ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on CPEC Khalid Mansoor on Monday said Pakistan is committed to taking forward the second phase of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) by making it a safe corridor to enhance bilateral trade ties. He commented that he is optimist about the mega project as the Chinese authorities have agreed to hold the 10th Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting in the last quarter of this month. Addressing his maiden press conference here after taking his new charge, the SAPM said security is a big concern for the Chinese. The chief executives of eight companies established in Faisalabad Industrial Estate and Manufacturing Company (FIEDMC) the CPEC prioritized Special Economic Zone (SEZ) i

How tech-enabled learning is the future of education

Digitisation of content and learning processes will be key game changers for education Shelly Anand New Delhi September 13, 2021 UPDATED: September 13, 2021 17:38 IST Illustration by Siddhant Jumde The pandemic has proved that education and technology can and must be interwoven for a better reach, including to students in remote areas. “Technology and education can work in sync with each other to enable inclusion in classrooms,” says Anuradha Sridhar, head-curriculum development and training, Aditya Birla Education Academy, Mumbai. “Some learners learn well when technology is embedded. With the advent of virtual reality, abstract concepts in biology and physics have become visual for students to be able to understand concepts better." Simulations, computer-aided learning and robotics have made learning hands-on for students. One of the main advantages of technology in education is that it makes it inclusive for all students in every possible way. “Inclusion comes in several ways,”

Scoop: The Modi shot campaign

Jonathan Swan ,  Hans Nichols Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios The Biden administration is quietly pressuring India to restart vaccine exports with plans to offer a higher-profile role for Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an upcoming COVID-19 global summit in New York if he agrees to release vaccines soon, sources with direct knowledge of the high-level discussions told Axios. Why it matters:  India is the world's biggest vaccine maker. In March, Modi  halted exports  of the AstraZeneca vaccine — one of the cheapest on the market — because the virus was ravaging his own population. Convincing Modi to renew his vaccine supply to the world — through the global vaccination organization COVAX — is an important part of the Biden administration's strategy to mitigate the international spread of the virus. Vaccinating as much of the developing world, as quickly as possible, is in America's vital interest, because the uncontrolled spread of the virus inevitably produces more dang

The Kill Chain: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare

#Reviewing #Reviewing The Kill Chain Mitchell D. White     August 25, 2021 The Kill Chain: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare . Christian Brose. New York, NY: Hachette Books, 2020. Christian Brose’s The Kill Chain: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare is a book about death. It is a book about Senator John McCain’s legacy after pursuing defense reform as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. It is a book that makes a case for the death of the current tradition of American power projection. Correspondingly it is a book about the desired death of a defense acquisitions ecosystem that has, according to Brose, contributed to building a military ill-equipped for the 21st century. This book was further inspired by the apparent death of United States military dominance during a 2017 series of war games in which the United States lost against both Russia and China. The results alarmed many including McCain and, by extension, his chief of staff, Brose

Violent Extremism in America: Pathways to Deradicalization

ESSAY The east front of the U.S. Capitol seen through a shattered door on January 7, 2021, the day after the riot Photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images September 8, 2021 On the afternoon of January 6, 2021,  Todd Helmus , a senior behavioral scientist at RAND, was finishing a  report  on violent extremism when chanting crowds began streaming past his window. He grabbed his phone and chased after them. He caught up with a man in an American flag shirt and a Trump 2020 ballcap just outside the U.S. Capitol. “All these trees you see out here, with these big, sturdy limbs,” the man said into the camera of Helmus' phone, “need to have bodies of senators, Republican and Democrats alike.… It's time for us to bring our guns and leave our women at the house.” Behind him, the crowd swelled against the Capitol steps. Helmus is an expert in what pulls people into violent extremism. He has studied efforts to quell hate  in Indonesia  and to prevent violence  in Nigeria . His new  r