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Problem with China an ‘intense challenge’ for India, says Jaishankar
Asia, Politics

Problem with China an ‘intense challenge’ for India, says Jaishankar

S. Jaishankar, the minister of external affairs, called the issue with China a "intense challenge" and made fun of Pakistan by claiming that the issue of cross-border terrorism from Islamabad still exists.  Jaishankar addressed the Vienna-based Indian community by saying, "Now, I spoke to you about the changes in governance. Let me also add that our national security has undergone apparent, significant changes throughout this time. Naturally, a large portion of that is focused on the more serious difficulties we encounter at our northern border with China. I imagine the majority of you are aware of that. “We continue to have, of course, the problem of cross-border terrorism with Pakistan,” he added. Indian and Chinese soldiers clashed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) i
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE AUTHORITARIAN XI JINPING OF 2023
China, Politics

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE AUTHORITARIAN XI JINPING OF 2023

A third term of power as head of state usually means absolute power. In the case of President Xi Jinping, is it a case of overconcentration of power is the question plaguing China watchers as the new year rolls in. Xi is considered more powerful than previous Chinese leaders after the 20th Party Congress. He pervades every inch of Chinese society, politics and culture. Even Xi Thought is essential and only curriculum for the cadres of the Chinese Communist Party. Loyalty to Xi equals to loyalty to the party or even the Constitution. Political commentators and academics are currently researching whether Xi Jinping is taking China back to the years of personal dictatorship after an interlude of decades of collective leadership. After Mao Zedong died, Chinese leaders wanted a system...
HK: Beijing’s national security law forces Civic party to wind up
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HK: Beijing’s national security law forces Civic party to wind up

The  democracy in Hong Kong is on the verge of collapse with principle opposition party, Civic Party winding up operations in the changing political landscape. In its 26-year history, Hong Kong’s largest pro-democracy party has lost its relevance due to prevailing conditions. Eversince Beijing imposed draconian national security law on Hong Kong in June 2020, things started changing for all the democratic institutions. Civic party has joined the long iist of institutions that lost their relevance in Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Civic Party is scheduled to wind up after operating in the city for 16 years, party chairman Alan Leong has said, after no members filed nominations to take up positions in the executive committee. Leong recently stated that the party receive
ChinaGoHome campaign launched by Sri Lanka MP
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ChinaGoHome campaign launched by Sri Lanka MP

Colombo, Sri Lanka:   Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Rasamanickam has raised questions over the Chinese Embassy’s involvement in matters raised in parliament. “I would like to warn the Chinese, there will be a China Go Home soon, and I will lead it,” Ada Derana, a Sri Lanka-based website, quoted Shanakiyan Rasamanickam as saying. Speaking in the parliament, Rasamanickam stressed that China’s involvement poses a grave threat to Sri Lanka’s sovereignty. Addressing the Chinese Embassy in his speech, Rasamanickam said that he is ready for a Twitter war if they intend to start it. TNA MP stated that he has raised concerns regarding Chinese debts as he wants Sri Lanka’s negotiations with the International Monetary Fund to proceed, the Ade Derana report said. “What does the Ch
China has hidden agenda: Jaffna University refuses to sign MoU
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China has hidden agenda: Jaffna University refuses to sign MoU

Colombo, Sri Lanka: Earlier, on November 25, Jaffna University Vice Chancellor Sivakolundu Srisatkunarajah refused to sign the MoU with China and said that the deal has the hidden agenda of China to grab fertile lands under the pretext of development projects in the North and East, Ceylon Today reported . Meanwhile, the students’ Union appealed to the Government not to sign MoUs with China against the will of the people. In an official statement, on November 28, Sri Lanka’s Student Union of Jaffna University expressed shock that a “secret arrangement was made to sign an MoU strongly supported by the Government of Sri Lanka.” The Students’ Union expressed gratitude to their Vice Chancellor for refusing to sign the MoU, according to Ceylon Today. The statement further noted t
Signing MoU for Belt and Road initiative was abnormal
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Signing MoU for Belt and Road initiative was abnormal

Rome, Italy: “When the Italian government under Prime Minister Conte signed the Belt and Road Initiative MoU with China, it was something “abnormal” said former Senator Luigi Campagna in the concluding remarks at the Dialogue on Democracy: The future of the Indo-Pacific, held in Rome on November 24th at Villa Malta. The Dialogue on Democracy was launched in April 2022, to bring together members of parliament, social activists and thought leaders from various democracies on one platform. “While action against China is important, it is essential for Italy to ally closely with India, as only this will help Italy counter Chinese pressure”, he said. The event in Rome had Senator Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata, President of the Permanent Commission on European Affairs of the Italian Senate
Xi meets Japanese president meets in APEC
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Xi meets Japanese president meets in APEC

In order to tackle the China challenges, Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida should draw attention to solving the domestic political obstacles first by striking a balance between reaching out to Beijing and staying keenly aware of domestic public opinion on China's actions, the Singapore Post reported citing the analysts, Takashi Nakagawa and Seima Oki who wrote for a Japanese daily. Earlier on November 17, when Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister KishidaFumio met in Bangkok for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting and discussed the bilateral ties between the two nations. The two leaders reportedly met for the first time in person in over three years. Throughout the meeting, the two presidents agreed on the importance of continuously developing bil...
Indonesian envoy: India is the best country to lead the world dynamics
World

Indonesian envoy: India is the best country to lead the world dynamics

Swaraj Dweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India: In a summit held in Bali earlier, the Indonesian President handed over the G20 Presidency gavel to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I would like to reiterate that India would be the best leader to manoeuvre the global dynamics as well as to establish an exciting variety of activities in concurrence with their presidency and I believe that India will serve best by providing good results as well as excellent hospitality”, said the Indonesian Envoy. Indonesia is amongst the countries who are part of the delegation visiting Andaman and Nicobar Islands where they were briefed about India’s upcoming approaches as it will officially take charge from December 1, this year. Paying her tributes to the victims of the Mumbai terror at
China-funded bridge to raze coral reef
World

China-funded bridge to raze coral reef

A ‘Paradise Lost’ in the making A happy marine life ensconced in Paradise Reef, also a natural bulwark against storms and sea-level rise, is under threat from a China-funded bridge project to link Davao city with Samal islands in the southern Philippines. Billed as a bid to develop the islands,at present reached only by ferry or boat, the four-km (2.5 mile) Samal Island-Davao City (SIDC) connector project, once complete by 2027, would cut the travel time between the places from 50 minutes to five. What has alarmed the environmental experts and community leaders is the landing point of the bridge near Paradise Reef, sprawling 7,500 square metre (80,729 square feet) and vital to shielding the coastal community from effects of climate change. The bridge will connect the Samal Circum
THAILAND MAY CANCEL THE CHINA SUBMARINE DEAL
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THAILAND MAY CANCEL THE CHINA SUBMARINE DEAL

Thailand's government has reiterated its willingness to renege on a contentioussubmarine contract with China if the requirements of the procurement cannot becompleted. Thailand agreed to pay the state-owned China Shipbuilding & OffshoreInternational Co (CSOC) 13.5 billion baht (now about $373.9 million) in 2017 topurchase one S26T Yuan-class submarine, with delivery anticipated for 2023.However, earlier this year, work on the submarine was put on hold when the Germancompany Motor and Turbine Union stated it would not give CSOC access to its state-of-the-art MTU396 diesel engines for installation in the Thai submarine.The German corporation claimed that a government restriction on the sale of militaryequipment to China implemented in the wake of the 1989 Tiananmen Square murdersprevent...