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Leadership Transition in Japan and its Implications
Japan swore in a new Prime Minister, Mr. Yoshihide Suga, on September 16, 2020. The leadership change came about due to the unexpected decision of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to step down a year before time citing ill health, ending a consecutive 8-year term in office - the longest ever such in Japanese history. The news of Abe’s impending resignation, the ensuing election for the leadership of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the choice of Suga, his Chief Cabinet Secretary since his re-election in 2012, as his successor, has received unprecedented global attention.
Unlocking the Lockdown in Nepal
In Nepal, people suffered most during the nationwide lockdown that was imposed in the country almost six months ago on March 24. Nevertheless, COVID-19 cases keep on spreading in different parts of the country. There were only two COVID-19 cases in the country till March 24 when the nationwide lockdown was announced, but after four months on July 21, the number of such cases shot up to 17,000 when the lockdown was partially lifted.
China and the International Human Rights Regime
Introduction
China’s rise marked by the combination of high economic development, swift modernisation and authoritarian political structure has been highly attractive for other developing states to imbibe and follow course.
भारत और बांग्लादेश: मजबूत और घनिष्ठ पड़ोसी
बांग्लादेश के विदेश मंत्री एके अब्दुल मोमिन ने हाल ही में कहा कि ‘भारत के साथ बांग्लादेश के बेहद मजबूत तथा ऐतिहासिक रिश्ते हैं और चीन के साथ बांग्लादेश के आर्थिक रिश्ते हैं। हमें दोनों की तुलना नहीं करनी चाहिए।’ उन्होंने यह भी कहा कि ‘हमारी जीत भारत की जीत है’ और ‘हमारे विकास का मतलब भारत का विकास है’।1 दोनों के बीच द्विपक्षीय रिश्तों की स्थिति के बारे में कुछ तीखी राजनीतिक बयानबाजी और बेकार के मीडिया विवाद के बाद इन बयानों ने मरहम का काम किया।1
Chinese involvement in IUU Fishing
Within the strategic community a less-spoken issue when it comes to China is its role in global fishing. Threat from China is often discussed in terms of its territorial aggression, military, its state-owned enterprises, its technology, hybrid warfare and so on. But attention needs to be paid to its non-military activities at the sea as well. Chinese fishing activities merit attention from perspective of comprehensive security. An apparent benign, commercial activity like fishing has become a global security issue due to China.
China’s Role in Eroding Tibetan Identity: Religious and Cultural Issues
Four years after passing a similar law in Xinjiang, the Chinese government passed the “Regulations on the Establishment of a Model Area for Ethnic Unity and Progress” in Tibet earlier this year.
Xinjiang: China’s Playground for Repressing Uyghurs
“Great crimes feed on great silences. And the Uyghur today have fallen into a kind of black hole”.1

- Dilnur Reyhan, President of the European Uyghur Institute

The quote is a part of an open letter by Dilnur Reyhan and Raphael Glucksman (Member of the European Parliament) to the French President Emmanuel Macron
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DEFENCE Raksha Mantri on official visit to Russia from September 3-5. Visit of Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) to frontline...

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