Author: Yusara Askari

Why Kishida would view Japan’s proposal for negotiations on North Korean abductions as “political suicide”
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Why Kishida would view Japan’s proposal for negotiations on North Korean abductions as “political suicide”

PM Fumio Kishida hopes to address North Korea’s recent missile launches and resolve the issue of Japanese nationals seized by Pyongyang in the 1970s and 1980s But Kim Jong-un will ‘simply refuse’ to engage, after his late father’s 2002 admission to the abductions proved a ‘disastrous miscalculation’, analysts say The prospects of a meeting between the leaders of Japan and North Korea appear to be “slim” and even “political suicide” for Tokyo because of Pyongyang’s refusal to address an abduction issue as well as its recent missile launches, according to analysts. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida last weekend said he would “step up efforts to realise an early summit meeting” with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and resolve the decades
Israel-Hamas Conflict Has a Prolonged Effect on China’s BRI Stocks
Asia

Israel-Hamas Conflict Has a Prolonged Effect on China’s BRI Stocks

China’s muted diplomatic stance – calling for de-escalation but stopping short of condemning Hamas – has also added to investors’ nervousness China’s already beat-up stock market is facing fresh trouble, with the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas worsening investors’ jitters about their investments in the country. Investors have flooded listed companies ranging from fertiliser producers and oil companies to drone makers with questions around their exposure to the war. At the same time, Chinese stocks are seeing a broad sell-off, with infrastructure-related shares – especially those exposed to Belt and Road projects in the Middle East – being the worst hit. “Uncertainty was still high in domestic market despite improved economic data, facing t
“A welcome sound for Beijing”: Is China the new president of the Maldives?
Asia

“A welcome sound for Beijing”: Is China the new president of the Maldives?

Mohamed Muizzu’s election win is a setback for India, a boost for China and a sign of tensions in the Indian Ocean region, say analysts. The Maldives has a population of half a million people scattered across more than 1,000 islands. But last weekend, the picturesque archipelago delivered an electoral verdict that has sent shock waves around the world — and especially across the Indian Ocean region. Mohamed Muizzu, the opposition candidate, emerged victorious in the presidential run-off on Saturday and secured 54 percent of the vote, results released by the electoral commission showed. Muizzu, who backs closer ties between the Maldives and China, defeated the incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who is widely perceived as pro-India. “With today’s result, we have got the
China advises India that certain concerns shouldn’t define relationships.
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China advises India that certain concerns shouldn’t define relationships.

Beijing's senior diplomat Wang Yi warned Indonesian Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar that "specific issues" shouldn't "define the overall relationship" in Jakarta, reflecting ongoing disparities between how India and China approach advancing relations. Mr. Jaishankar said that during Friday's discussions, which the Chinese Foreign Ministry claimed were conducted at India's request in a statement on Saturday, both parties "discussed outstanding issues related to peace & tranquillity in border areas." The Minister sent a statement on Twitter stating, "Our conversation also covered EAS/ARF [ASEAN Regional Forum] agenda, BRICS and the Indo-Pacific." Additionally, Mr. Jaishankar had emphasized the significance of peace on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) as a prerequisite for ...
Is President Xi Jinping a dictator? Unfortunately, President Joe Biden is right
China, Politics

Is President Xi Jinping a dictator? Unfortunately, President Joe Biden is right

China has taken umbrage at U.S. President Joe Biden calling President of China Xi Jinping a dictator. Unfortunately for Beijing, however, the U.S. President is right. At a fundraiser campaign on June 20, 2023, night, Joe Biden said Xi was embarrassed over recent tensions surrounding a suspected Chinese spy balloon that had been shot down by the U.S. Air Force over the East Coast. “That’s a great embarrassment for dictators, when they did not know what had happened,” Biden commented. The next day Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning called the comment by the U.S. President “extremely absurd and irresponsible,” as it went “totally against facts.” President Biden has subsequently made it clear that he will continue to stick to his opinion, though that does not mean souring relat
[All Politics is International] Bhutan Caught in the Great ‘Five Fingers’ Of China
Asia, China, Politics

[All Politics is International] Bhutan Caught in the Great ‘Five Fingers’ Of China

Tibet is the palm, which we must seize, stated Mao Zedong. Next, we'll pursue the five fingers. After Nepal, Bhutan is the third "finger".With the recent remarks made by the prime minister of Bhutan, Lotay Tshering, to Belgian Daily La Libre, the territorial and boundary-related difficulties between Bhutan, China, and India were exacerbated. Since then, concerns have been voiced over whether Bhutan is changing its stance. This is particularly true in light of how Thimphu has approached Beijing over the matter. Evidently, Bhutan's position has changed in light of Tshering's assertion that China "holds a stake in finding a resolution" to the territorial issue. China has recently made clear moves to assert new, rash claims in Bhutan's eastern region. Arunachal Pradesh, an Indian state, is...
Nato Plus alarmed over China wants India on board
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Nato Plus alarmed over China wants India on board

Fathoming the ever-growing geo-political importance of India, a strong US Congressional China committee has suggested making India a part of NATO Plus group. Nato Plus, or Nato Plus 5, comprises 5 aligned nations – Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Israel, and South Korea – that aim to empower global defence cooperation. The House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), led by Chairman Mike Gallagher and Ranking Member Raja Krishnamoorthi, pushed hard for India’s inclusion to NATO Plus in order counter China’s supremacy in trade circles and enhance Taiwan’s deterrence. "Winning the strategic competition with the Chinese Communist Party and ensuring the security of Taiwan demands the United States strengthen ties to
<em><u>China will update its senior legislator code of conduct</u></em>
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China will update its senior legislator code of conduct

A draft revision to the codes of conduct for senior Chinese lawmakers has been submitted to an ongoing session of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee for deliberation. Adopted in 1993, the current version of the codes applies to the chairperson, vice chairpersons, the secretary-general and members of the NPC Standing Committee. With 24 articles, the draft specifies requirements for senior lawmakers in various fields, including maintaining political integrity, keeping close ties with the public, and improving investigation and research. It also requires lawmakers to strengthen their ability to perform duties through continuous study, according to the draft.
<em><u>Zhang Xiaoyu: It’s probably too early to talk about India’s “demographic dividend”</u></em>
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Zhang Xiaoyu: It’s probably too early to talk about India’s “demographic dividend”

The United Nations recently announced that India will become the most populous country in the world, and its population will reach 1.65 billion in 2060. However, whether India's population growth can be transformed into a demographic dividend will face three structural problems. One is education and training. The education level of India's labour force is generally low. 40% of the labour force are high school graduates, and less than 30% of the labour force has received higher education. The main reason is that the level of education development in India is still relatively backward. The distribution of basic education and preschool education resources in India has been insufficient for a long time, public schools have backward infrastructure and lack of teachers. According to stati...
<em>Top political advisor stresses role of multiparty cooperation in modernization drive</em>
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Top political advisor stresses role of multiparty cooperation in modernization drive

China's top political advisor Wang Huning on Tuesday called on the country's multiparty cooperation system to further contribute to socialist modernization Wang is a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. He made the remarks at a meeting marking the 75th anniversary of April 30, 1948, when the CPC Central Committee called on non-communist parties and people without party affiliation to convene a political consultative conference and found a democratic coalition government. Wang noted that the call marked a milestone in the development of a united front and multiparty cooperation in China. Under the strong leade...