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Nine PLA generals are ousted from China’s upper legislature as part of a larger purge.
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Nine PLA generals are ousted from China’s upper legislature as part of a larger purge.

Five past or current top commanders of elite PLA Rocket Force among those stripped of NPC role, Standing Committee statement issued on Friday saysDisqualifications suggest further disciplinary action, as NPC representatives enjoy immunity from arrest or criminal charges Nine generals of the People’s Liberation Army, including a number of senior members of the Rocket Force, have been dismissed from China’s top legislature.Besides losing their qualification as national representatives, those holding seats in relevant legislative committees had also been removed from their positions, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) announced on Friday. It gave no reason for the disqualifications. Those dismissed include five past or current top commanders of the PLA Rocke
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Nearing elections, political unrest in Bangladesh

The Government-Opposition stand-off in Dhaka will have consequences for electoral democracy, may impact civil-military relations If it were not for the grim reality of acute political and economic crises in Dhaka, the celebrations around India and Bangladesh “scripting a new chapter in connectivity” would mean a lot more. Prime ministers Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina’s joint inauguration of the Akhaura-Agartala rail link, the Khulna-Mongla port link, and Unit-II of the Maitree Super Thermal Power Plant mark success in a subcontinent characterised by economic disconnect. Such deepening of infrastructural connectivity inevitably raises India’s stakes in Bangladesh’s politics. Occurring in the backdrop of escalating violence, it also raises the concomitant question, where is Bangladesh
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Finally, Xi accepts China’s interiors still abound with lawlessness, incidents of trafficking

Rural areas served as the base for the Chinese Communist Party before it won the civil war in 1949 under the leadership of Mao Zedong whose rallying cry used to be “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” However, seventy-four-year later, incumbent General Secretary of the CPC and the country’s President Xi Jinping appears to be disillusioned with the situation in rural areas. While lawlessness in the length and breadth of most Chinese villages has increased, anti- social elements are ruling the roost with incidents of abductions and trafficking of women and children are on the rise. Chinese President Xi expressed his anguish over the state of affairs in the country’s rural areas in a statement he made while presiding over a seminar of the Chinese People’s Political Consu
The Suppressed Mourning Of Li Kequiang: A Glimpse Into China’s Repressive State
China

The Suppressed Mourning Of Li Kequiang: A Glimpse Into China’s Repressive State

In a world where free expression and open discourse are considered fundamental rights, the recent death of former Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has once again highlighted the stark contrast in China's approach to public mourning and the stifling of dissent. Li Keqiang, a 68-year-old technocrat, passed away due to a heart attack in the early hours of a Friday morning in Shanghai. Initially, the Chinese people took to social media with heartfelt condolences and personal reflections, but these moments of genuine mourning quickly gave way to state-controlled uniformity. The "People's Premier" as he was affectionately known, enjoyed the admiration of a segment of the Chinese population who saw him as a national leader committed to addressing the concerns of everyday citizens. Li's legacy was w...
China will make the largest modification to its state secrets legislation in 10 years.
World

China will make the largest modification to its state secrets legislation in 10 years.

A dozen new clauses have been added to Law on Guarding State Secrets under draft revision It has raised concern among foreign business community and investors, with calls for clarity All state employees with access to classified information will be banned from travelling overseas without prior approval – and even for a period after they leave the job or retire – under a draft revision of China’s state secrets law. A dozen new clauses have been added to the Law on Guarding State Secrets in the revision, the details of which were made public on Wednesday. The revision – the first in a decade – expands the depth and reach of the law’s coverage, ranging from education, technology and internet use to military facilities. The sweeping changes come as Beijing is locked in an i
US: PRC manipulating global information network
World

US: PRC manipulating global information network

The US State Department's Global Engagement Center has presented a report accusing the People’s Republic of China, or PRC, of manipulating the flow of global information for its own advantage. Beijing is spending billions of dollars to construct a network of resources that will help it spread disinformation and promote propagandas that can project the Asian giant in a positive light in front of the world. Beijing aims to "construct an information ecosystem in which PRC propaganda and disinformation gain traction and become dominant," the report states. "Unchecked, the PRC's efforts will reshape the global information landscape, creating biases and gaps that could even lead nations to make decisions that subordinate their economic and security interests to Beijing's," it further added.
With China in loop, Korea and Japan to hold ministerial meet in November
Asia

With China in loop, Korea and Japan to hold ministerial meet in November

After conducting trilateral meeting at senior official level in September, South Korea, Japan, and China are gearing up for ministerial level meeting in Busan late next month— all this in an attempt to thaw their relations which have soured in recent months on account of the US’s deepening of security ties with Tokyo and Seoul and Beijing’s aggressive moves against Taiwan and across South and East China Seas. As per Yonhap News Agency, the South Korean government has proposed holding ministerial-level talks with Japan and China in Busan on November 26 and three sides are working on it. Kyodo News said Japan is “positive” about the plan. China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning on October 20 said, “China, Japan and the ROK are close neighbours. Trilateral cooperation serves the
Pheu Thai foots the political bill for Thaksin’s return
World

Pheu Thai foots the political bill for Thaksin’s return

On 22 August 2023, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra returned to Thailand after 15 years in self-exile. He was taken straight into custody from the airport to serve out a sentence for previous corruption convictions. A little over a week later, Thaksin submitted a request for a royal pardon, which was granted in the form of his jail sentence being reduced from eight years to one. Thaksin’s desire to return to Thailand was well known. He has previously announced over twenty attempts to return, and his sister Yingluck Shinawatra’s infamous attempt to grant him an amnesty during her premiership in 2014 triggered the military coup that shut his Pheu Thai Party out of power for nine years. Ironically, it was the Pheu Thai’s first election loss in two decades at the May general ele
Will Anwar’s political dilemma in Malaysia stall reforms?
World

Will Anwar’s political dilemma in Malaysia stall reforms?

The conclusion of six state elections held in August 2023 provided a much-needed pause in Malaysian politics. Held nine months after the 15th general election (GE15) in November 2022, these elections were a mid-term gauge of the popularity of Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s coalition government, which is comprised of former rivals Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Barisan Nasional (BN). The PH coalition maintained its hold on three states — Selangor, Penang and Negeri Sembilan. The national opposition, Perikatan Nasional (PN) and its component Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) achieved supermajorities in its three states — Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu. While retaining control of its states gave Anwar a political reprieve, PN made significant inroads into all three west coast states. The coaliti
Shenanigans in WHO South-East Asia as Politician’s Daughter Contests Regional Director Election
World

Shenanigans in WHO South-East Asia as Politician’s Daughter Contests Regional Director Election

Election fever is sweeping through the World Health Organization (WHO) in three of its six regions – Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO), South-East Asia (SEARO), and Western Pacific (WPRO). It matters who becomes their regional directors because they have considerable decentralised authority to influence the health chances of billions. Its regions also make or break WHO globally. Close squeaks, as with Ebola and COVID-19, show that a divided WHO can be catastrophic. Conversely, a united WHO is a vital defence against borderless health threats yet to come. Take SEARO – the focus of this article, after we earlier considered EMRO. The South-East Asia Region is special in WHO annals as it is the first regional office that opened – in 1948 in New Delhi where it is still based. SEARO’s 11 me