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...The mounting unease between the two nations was made abundantly clear at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used his keynote speech to take a very public jab at China. He didn’t name Japan’s old rival, but called for restrained military expansion in Asia. China has had double-digit increases in defence spending each year for the past decade, but Abe warned: “The dividend of growth in Asia must not be wasted on military expansion. “If peace and stability were shaken in Asia, the knock-on effect for the entire world would be enormous.”... (more)
...between the Middle East and Africa. But other travel arteries soon appeared. In 1990 I ventured into Singapore and Malaysia, including Borneo. We slept in the jungle, visited the Mulu and Deer Caves, got up close and personal with Orangutans in an orphanage, and experienced our first taste of Asian cuisine, sometimes served up over a campfire, other times in a rustic local restaurant with naked kids and dogs running through the kitchen, and sometimes in hotel dining rooms. When the tour ended, I spent time on my own in mainland Malaysia and developed a true love for the culture and the... (more)
But Red China stands by a map with a nine-dash line that it presented to the United Nations (UN) on May 7, 2007, the day after Vietnam and Malaysia asserted sovereignty over their respective continental shelves. The nine-dash line is a u-shaped squiggle between the Southeast Asian landmass and the Philippine archipelago. Red China claims it owns everything inside that wavy doodle. The issue then is the provenance of the map and the u-shaped nine-dash line.
I asked a forensic expert to look into it as my own little pro bono contribution towards easing tensions... (more)
...across the world; news extensively reported by the BBC World Service when I was in Egypt.
What is not so widely reported is that India, for all its modernity, is suffering from a stubborn and prolonged insurgency, the kind of thing that seems to belong firmly in the past. Elsewhere in Asia Maoism and the Maoist guerrillas of the Khmer Rouge variety are distant dreams; in India they are a present nightmare.
There is the spectre haunting India - the spectre of the Naxalites. This is a Maoist guerrilla movement so named because their rising began in 1967 in the West Bengal... (more)
President Obama on his visit to Asia has been a trend-changer on many accounts. In a zeal to “strengthen” tied with China, US seems to have stepped in the wrong alley. After US-China released a joint press statement making reference to Indo-Pakistani relations and sending message that U.S. is fine with the idea of a third party intervention in the talks between the two nations (India-Pakistan); officials of U.S. embassy in India, State and Foreign Department are now on an explanation spree.
India on Wednesday reacted sharply to the joint statement. India has always been very critical... (more)
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