MORNING BRIEF, 25 SEPTEMBER
China’s Sri Lanka foothold a dilemma for India
Rajapaksa was unusually active one day last week. He tweeted a message of congratulations to the new Japanese prime minister and thereafter turned to convey “warm wishes” and “success and the best of health” on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 70th birthday. No surprises there.
But his third tweet was breathtaking. Four hours after his message to Modi, Rajapaksa tweeted: “The Actg. Amb. of China & other dignitaries joined me in a tour of inspection of the Colombo #portcity project that is completing #6yrs since it was conceptualized by both President Xi Jingping [sic] of #China & myself. Tried my hand at a round of golf as well while we were there.”
Rajapaksa playing golf on Chinese turf on Modi’s 70th birthday? Three big developments in the geopolitics of Sri Lanka may explain it. TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
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Pillar number 11 along Nepal-China border in Humla, which was said to be missing, has been found
Pillar number 11 along the Nepal-China border in Humla district, which was said to have been missing, has been found.
The “missing” border pillar had created a row between Nepal and China, after reports that the Chinese side built some infrastructure–as many as 11 buildings–in an area which both sides claim as their territory. TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
The India-China Ladakh crisis: Why so silent, world?
Consider this: You have India and China - Asia’s second and fourth most powerful militaries – in a standoff that will enter its fifth month in less than two weeks. Add to this the possibility that in event of a shooting war between the two, Pakistan, another top-10 regional military power, may also join in to open a new front against India - and all three countries are nuclear-armed. Top it off with the much-repeated facts that China and India together make up a third of the planet’s population and they are the second and fifth-largest economies in the world, and you’d perhaps also wonder why the India-China crisis is not jumping off the screen for you.
I can think of four different reasons, each troubling in its own right. TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
Integrity of Myanmar polls questioned amid conflict, pandemic
Tens of thousands of minorities in Myanmar remain without the right to vote, while access to information has been hampered due to internet restrictions and the coronavirus lockdown, rights groups told the United Nations in Geneva on Wednesday, saying the situation raises questions about the integrity of Myanmar’s November election.
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) called on the UN Human Rights Council’s special rapporteur to Myanmar to “safeguard the integrity” of the poll and ensure that political rights are respected. TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
Joe Biden speaks on India. It’s good on the whole
The Democratic Candidate Joe Biden’s remarks Wednesday on the US-Indian relationship have elements of the good, bad and the ugly. Biden, a consummate politician, poses an intellectual challenge to foreign observers. The momentous US election on 3rd November brings out his vast experience into every breath he takes, every word speaks.
This election is going down to the wire. And the great presidential debates are yet to begin - four days still to go. The fact that Biden chose the podium of a ‘virtual’ fundraiser for Indian Americans to express his views comes as no surprise, as the Indian Diaspora in America, who ignored the Sangh Parivar activists’ chorus of support for Trump, is playing a historical role by smoothening the wrinkles that Howdy Modi and Nameste Trump needlessly created. TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
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