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Defending China in the Xi Jinping Era
China’s White Paper on defence titled ‘China’s National Defense in New Era’ of 2019, coming after a gap of four years, bears a strong imprint of President Xi Jinping on Beijing’s defence and security policies and strategies.
Modi did what Nehru wanted to, but couldn’t, on Article 370
When Home Minister Amit Shah declared on August 6 that Article 370 has been scrapped and Kashmir fully integrated with the rest of India, whether or not he was aware, he said almost exactly what Jawaharlal Nehru told the Lok Sabha 56 years ago, on December 27, 1963. Here is an interesting recall and replay of what Nehru wanted to do but could not. ‘Art 370 eroded, Kashmir fully integrated,’ said Nehru
अंतर-अफगान संवाद: एक परिप्रेक्ष्य
जर्मनी और कतर के साझा प्रयास से 7 से 8 जुलाई 2019 को दोहा में दो दिवसीय अंतर-अफगान संवाद का आयोजन किया गया था। इस संवाद ने अफगानिस्तान में पिछले 18 वर्षो से चले आ रहे रोजाना के खून-खराबे के अब खत्म हो जाने की उम्मीदों को लहका दिया है।
Repeal of Temporary Articles 370 and the 35A Intrusion
Those who had been wondering whether the Modi Government would bite the bullet on Article 370 and Article 35A got their answer on August 5. Not only did the government scrap the two provisions, the first of which was of a temporary nature and the second one that had come through the backdoor, but it also went two steps further. It bifurcated Jammu & Kashmir, and turned the two new entities into separate Union Territories. Thus, Jammu & Kashmir will now be a Union Territory with a Legislative Assembly, while Ladakh will be a Union Territory without an Assembly.
West Asia Review – July 2019
The US-Iran spat continued despite some signs of a thaw and a possible dialogue since both sides continued with sabre rattling and mutual recriminations. Meanwhile the mutual detention of the cargo ships by Iran and the UK in the Gulf and despatch of the US naval assets there attested to the fragility of the situation.
Is there a trade war in East Asia?
On the margins of the ongoing trade war between China and the United States, Japan and South Korea are also involved in a similar tiff. As in any economic conflict, one country tries to strong-arm the other, Japan has been using its leverage to assert its position.
US-Pakistan Relations after Imran Khan’s Visit
Media attention and domestic praise aside, Imran Khan’s visit to the US has not really changed Pakistan’s fundamental challenges; its coffers remain depleted and economy stagnant, the country still remains on the UN Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Grey List, and the military’s dominance over society – coupled with the weaknesses bred by it - continues unabated.
VIF News Digest
Defense, National Security and Terrorism, VIF Alerts
October 17, 2019
VIF News Digest: National Security - Defence Studies and Terrorism, 16-30 September, 2019

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International Development
October 5, 2019
VIF News Digest: International Developments (US, Russia, EU and Africa), 18 September - 3 October 2019

United States Democrats’ plans to tax wealth would reshape U.S. economy: The New York Times, 2 October 2019 Washington —...

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October 18, 2019
VIF Neighborhood News Digest: October 18, 2019

PAKISTAN Speculation swirls as Shahbaz in no hurry to meet Nawaz: Dawn October 18, 2019 PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif seems...

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