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We’re on the side of peace: India Foreign Minister urges Russia, Ukraine to return to dialogue and diplomacy
Asia, Politics

We’re on the side of peace: India Foreign Minister urges Russia, Ukraine to return to dialogue and diplomacy

India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar stated on Sunday that his country is supporting peace in the present turmoil in Ukraine and that New Delhi has been working to resume conversation and diplomacy ever since the conflict broke out since disagreements cannot be resolved by violence. Jaishankar, who arrived India from Cyprus on the second leg of his two-nation tour, made the remarks while addressing the members of the Indian diaspora. "This (Ukraine) conflict is really a matter of very, very deep concern… Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared in September (that) we actually genuinely believe that this is no longer an era of war. You cannot settle differences and issues through violence,” Jaishankar said. “We know this is not (an) easily resolvable situation. But i
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...
Slovenia shifts its office in Taiwan from China
China, Conflict, Politics

Slovenia shifts its office in Taiwan from China

Ljubljana, Slovenia: "Lithuania and Slovenia are members of NATO and plan to set up their own representative offices in Taiwan, a close US ally. Their move has left China shocked and fuming," reports The Singapore Post. Ahead of winter Olympic games Slovenia’s Prime Minister Janez Jansa disclosed his plans to establish a representative office in Taiwan, the newspaper reported. The Slovenian prime minister stated that he had visited Taiwan four or five times, and that Taiwanese should have the right to determine their future.  China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province. However, Taiwan considers itself as an independent state.
Trying times ahead for Thai leadership
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Trying times ahead for Thai leadership

Trying times ahead for Thai leadership Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, centre, is surrounded by a crowd while attending a groundbreaking ceremony for a monument honouring the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great at a memorial park in Bangkok on Dec 5. AFP In the Year of the Tiger, three prominent issues will determine Thailand's future and its position in the region and among the international community. These three are the leadership crisis and political developments on the homefront, Thailand's perceived regional role, and its pro-active engagement with great powers. For more than a decade, domestic factors have dragged the country down. Day-to-day political meddling and brinksmanship by leaders continue without any real prospect for tangible reform or progress in sight. Interna...
Cambodia: Asean’s spoiler or saviour?
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Cambodia: Asean’s spoiler or saviour?

Cambodia: Asean's spoiler or saviour? This handout from the National Television of Cambodia (TVK) taken and released on Dec 7 shows Myanmar's Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin, left, listening to Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh. (Photo: AFP) Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen will be the Tatmadaw's first guest of honour in Nay Pyi Taw this weekend. Whatever the outcome of his two-day trip, it will have both intended and unintended consequences for the future of the Asean process, especially the five-point consensus (FPC). For nearly a year since the coup on Feb 1, Asean has assumed the role of peacemaker, going strictly by the book to ensure that the crisis in Myanmar would come to an end through the grouping's agency and good practices. After Brunei ha...
Locals recall HM King fighting with troops
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Locals recall HM King fighting with troops

Soldiers hold pictures of HM the King fighting alongside the army at Bang Khao Mak Khaeng in Loei in 1976. photos by the royal Thai army The Royal Thai Army (RTA) will upgrade Ban Mak Khaeng Thed Phrakiat Park in Loei to honour HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua on his 70th birthday this year. The army will build a sculpture of the King, and open a museum to portray the historical moment when the King, who was Crown Prince at the time, fought alongside troops against communist rebels in Ban Mak Khaeng, said Lt Gen Chanvit Attatheerapong, director of the Army Tourism Promotion Agency (ATPA). The army has surveyed the landscape of the park in preparation for major improvements on the auspicious occasion of His Majesty the King Rama X's 70th birthday on July 28. The park...
Ousted Myanmar leader Suu Kyi faces 5 new corruption charges
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Ousted Myanmar leader Suu Kyi faces 5 new corruption charges

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s military-installed government has filed five new corruption charges against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi in connection with granting permits to rent and buy a helicopter, a legal official said Friday. Suu Kyi, who has been detained since last February’s military takeover, is already being tried on five other corruption charges. Each is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine. She has also been charged with other offenses, and has been sentenced to six years’ imprisonment after being convicted of illegally importing and possessing walkie-talkies and violating coronavirus restrictions. Her supporters and rights groups say the cases against her were contrived by the military to justify its takeover and prevent her from returning to politics. The govern
Toronto council backs fight against Quebec’s Bill 21, calling it ‘contrary to the values of Torontonians and Canadians’
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Toronto council backs fight against Quebec’s Bill 21, calling it ‘contrary to the values of Torontonians and Canadians’

Toronto is joining Brampton and other municipalities morally and financially supporting a challenge to the Quebec law that has banned a hijab-wearing teacher from her Grade 3 classroom. City council approved by a 25-0 vote a Mayor John Tory motion that stated: “This law diminishes rights protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights of Freedoms and stands contrary to the values of Torontonians and Canadians — values this council has been vigilant in protecting and upholding.” It calls on other Canadian municipalities “to affirm their opposition to Bill 21 and provide financial contributions to support the legal challenge” and pledges $100,000 from Toronto toward the legal fight against the controversial law. Earlier Tory tweeted: “I stand with Brampton Mayor (Patrick) Brown and Brampton C
China plans peace envoy for conflict-riven Horn of Africa
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China plans peace envoy for conflict-riven Horn of Africa

MOMBASA, KENYA (REUTERS) - China said on Thursday (Jan 6) it would appoint a special envoy to foster peace in the turbulent Horn of Africa and wanted to shift focus on the continent to trade over infrastructure. Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the comments in Kenya, which has been active in diplomatic efforts to halt war in Ethiopia since late 2020 between the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's federal government. He also visited Eritrea, which borders the northern Tigray region and has been an ally of Mr Abiy in a conflict that has killed thousands of people, uprooted hundreds of thousands, and spread hunger. "To share political consensus and to coordinate actions, China will appoint a special envoy of the Chinese ministry of foreign affairs for the H...