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NOW MYANMAR FACES CHINESE BORDER ENCROACHMENT
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NOW MYANMAR FACES CHINESE BORDER ENCROACHMENT

It is now known that Chinese authorities constructed fences during November, 2020 near the China-Myanmar border in Laukkai Township in the Kokang Self Administered Zone in northern Shan State of Myanmar. The construction was carried out by China near border post BP-125 and between posts BP-121 and BP-122.  While the Myanmar military objected to this development, the Chinese went ahead with the works on the pretext of a crackdown on illegal border crossings from Myanmar in the wake of the rapid rise in Covid-19 cases. In fact, Major General Zaw Min Tun sent a protest letter to his Chinese counterpart quoting the 1961 treaty on the China-Myanmar boundary. The treaty, as such prohibits building any structure within ten meters of the demarcation line on either side. On sensing the objection f
China Venezuela Relations go downhill
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China Venezuela Relations go downhill

China considers Venezuela a key partner in Latin America. China is the biggest importer of oil and Venezuela has the largest amount of proven oil reserves. In fact, China Development Bank (CDB) has issued maximum loans to Venezuela. Despite these compatibilities, the China-Venezuela relationship has become a textbook case of how China blatantly misused its foreign policy of "promoting development". China gave financial and economic support to Maduro and Chavez governments that led to instability and misrule in the region. China's ZTE provided surveillance equipment to Maduro government to help curb dissent. China took advantage of the inefficiency and corruption in the Venezuelan government to exploit is petroleum resources. The strategy was a Loan for oil scheme - a tactic often used ...
Pakistan a pawn in Chinese policy, serious Indo-Sino conflict not good for China: IAF Chief
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Pakistan a pawn in Chinese policy, serious Indo-Sino conflict not good for China: IAF Chief

Pakistan has become a pawn in the Chinese policy and its military dependence on China would increase further in view of the debt trap due to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Indian Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said on Tuesday. In an address at a webinar on 'National Security Challenges and Air Power' organised by Vivekanand International Foundation, he said China has invested billions of dollars in the CPEC as loans to Islamabad and the already debt-ridden Pakistani administration would be under a lot of financial stress to repay even the interest as per the current fiscal situation there. Bhadauria said India's "most important" national security challenge is to understand China, its "possible game plan" and the deepening and evolving Sino-Pak relationship. "Pakistan has inc...
ISIS set to become Islamist Frankenstein in Africa
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ISIS set to become Islamist Frankenstein in Africa

On the run from Europe and Asia since 2014, terror organization ISIS is now desperately trying to establish its turf on the African continent by setting up links with local terror bodies. In the process, its Jihadist ideology has secured a fresh lease of life to expand the influence of the Islamic caliphate.Several countries of Africa where the civil-military differences are weakening the social and economic fabric are now the hunting grounds of ISIS. Even among them, ISIS prefers countries where Islamist politics have reared their head. The world has noticed the silence of orthodox Islamic clergy in face of rogue expansion of the Islamic terror bodies in Africa as they escape the western military forces in west Asia and Europe, specially from Syria and Iraq.It is perhaps as a result of th...
Fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh goes on despite US mediation
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Fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh goes on despite US mediation

Rocket and artillery barrage hit residential areas in Nagorno-Karabakh on Saturday hours after the United States hosted top diplomats from Armenia and Azerbaijan for talks on settling their decades-long conflict over the region. The heavy shelling forced residents of Stepanakert, the regional capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, into shelters, as emergency teams rushed to extinguish fires. Local officials said the city was struck with Azerbaijan’s Smerch long-range multiple rocket systems, a devastating Soviet-designed weapon intended to ravage wide areas with explosives and cluster munitions. Nagorno-Karabakh authorities said other towns in the region were also targeted by Azerbaijani artillery fire. There was no immediate information about casualties. Officials in Azerbaijan claimed that the
Indian troops kill top rebel commander in Kashmir fighting
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Indian troops kill top rebel commander in Kashmir fighting

SRINAGAR, India - Indian government forces killed a top rebel commander in Kashmir during a gunbattle Sunday in the disputed region’s main city, police said, calling it a major success against the rebels’ long fight against Indian rule. The dead commander, Saifullah Mir, was the chief of operations of the region’s largest rebel group, Hizbul Mujahideen, which has spearheaded an armed rebellion against Indian rule for decades. Inspector-General Vijay Kumar said police and paramilitary soldiers launched an operation Sunday in Srinagar in a neighbourhood in the city’s outskirts based on a tip that Saifullah was sheltering there. He said a gunfight ensued in which the militant commander was killed and his suspected associate was nabbed. Kumar said the killing was a major victory for India’s
Suu Kyi forecast to triumph in virus-hit Myanmar election
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Suu Kyi forecast to triumph in virus-hit Myanmar election

Suu Kyi forecast to triumph in virus-hit Myanmar election The election will be just the second since Myanmar nation emerged from nearly half a century of junta rule in 2011. YANGON: Polls opened in Myanmar on Sunday morning for a vote expected to return to power the government of Aung San Suu Kyi, who remains a hero at home in spite of a reputation abroad shattered by the Rohingya crisis. The election will be just the second since the Southeast Asian nation emerged from nearly half a century of junta rule in 2011. Five years ago Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide victory, but was forced by the constitution into an uneasy power-sharing agreement with the still-mighty military. This time the civilian leader -- in a bid to maintain an absolute majority -- has i...
Pakistani PM angers India with plan to change Kashmir status
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Pakistani PM angers India with plan to change Kashmir status

ISLAMAB - Pakistan’s prime minister has rekindled controversy with archrival India this week by pledging to make part of the Pakistani-administered Himalayan region of Kashmir officially part his country. Imran Khan’s pledge to declare the area of Gilgit-Baltistan — which is part of the Pakistani-ruled Kashmir — the fifth province of Pakistan promptly angered neighbouring India, which itself last year revoked decades-old semi-autonomous status for the Indian-controlled sector of Kashmir. At the time, New Delhi divided the Muslim-majority region into two federally governed territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh — touching off anger on both sides of the frontier. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government also annulled the region’s separate constitution. Indians will now be all
Iran’s Zarif urges UN to unite against US unilateral actions
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Iran’s Zarif urges UN to unite against US unilateral actions

TANZANIA, Tanzania - Iran’s foreign minister used his speech for the 75th anniversary of the United Nations to accuse the United States of initiating or joining eight wars since 200 that displaced 37 million people and resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of innocent lives and “unprecedented extremism.” Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a virtual speech to the U.N. General Assembly that it was time for the 193-member world body “to recommit itself to stand up -- united -- against unilateralism and war” promoted by the United States. Zarif’s speech had scheduled to be broadcast on Sept. 21 when world leaders commemorated the U.N.’s 75th anniversary. But there were so many speakers that the speeches of 58 leaders and ministers were carried over and only shown Monday, two days after U.N
With OBOR, China is trying to do what Anglo-Americans did in last 300 years: Historian
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With OBOR, China is trying to do what Anglo-Americans did in last 300 years: Historian

In a sharp criticism of the One Belt and One Road (OBOR) project, Albanian historian Olsi Jazexhi has revealed how the Chinese government is following the Britain model for its imperialist plan with the Belt and Road Initiative.The project, which started in 2013, comprises both overland and maritime access routes through the installation of new, as well as up-gradation of existing transport and communication infrastructure in countries hoping to reap the dividends.Regarding China's OBOR project, Olsi, in an interview said that "Imperialism usually comes with trade. Then, later come the soldiers who will defend the traders, and later they will topple the government. This is how imperialism works."Over the long-term impact of the OBOR on Xinjiang, the historian said, "The conflict over Xinji...