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2021: The Year Ahead for Japan
Although 2020 remained a challenging year for Japan due to the coronavirus pandemic, 2021 offers no alleviation from the existent troubles. The year started with a second month-long emergency, albeit a soft lockdown limited to the nation's capital and the neighbouring prefectures. There is uncertainty despite the government assertion on the hosting of the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics in July. The term for the House of Representatives, or Lower House, is set to expire in October this year, mandating the holding of general elections.
Trends in West Asia in 2020
COVID-19 in West Asia The COVID-19 pandemic has a devastating impact on human lives and the economic situation in the West Asian and North African region. The UAE was the first state in the region to report a positive case on 29 January. Iran subsequently, emerged as a major hotspot for the transmission of the virus. The variations in timings in terms of precautions, screening and restrictive measures have been critical to determine the scale of the pandemic among different states in the region.
Xi Jinping Further Strengthens Chinese Communist Party’s ‘Magic Weapon’-The United Front Work Department
China is making efforts to arrest the slide in US-China relations and lower temperatures after Joe Biden takes over as President on January 20. In addition to Chinese Politburo member and former Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi’s plans for visiting Washington this week, a Chinese trade delegation is likely to travel to the US shortly.
Russia Joins the Race for AI
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the connected emerging technologies are shaping the economies, militaries as well as the geopolitics of the world. It is no surprise, therefore, that country after country is joining the race to produce, acquire, develop and deploy artificial intelligence at the soonest possible. The US, Europe, Japan and China are the front-runners in the race for AI. India has also declared its ambition to become an artificial intelligence hub. President Putin has made the deployment of artificial intelligence as a top priority in Russia’s national development goals.
किस तरह सुगा जापान की नीतियों को रूस की तरफ मोड़ रहे हैं ?
शिंजो अबे के प्रधानमंत्री पद से सहसा इस्तीफा देने के बाद योशिहिदे सुगा जापान के प्रधानमंत्री बनाए गए हैं, लेकिन उन्हें विदेशी राजनय के बारे में बहुत कम अनुभव है। इसलिए ये सवाल पूछे जा रहे हैं कि क्या वे जापान के अंतरराष्ट्रीय संबंधों को निभा ले जा सकने में पूरी तरह सक्षम हैं?
Implications of Migration of the Kashmiri Hindus from Kashmir
19 January 2021 "Started in January 1989, the forceful exodus of Kashmiri Hindus, also referred to Kashmiri Pandits, from Kashmir was an “evil strategy” of Pakistan's “thousand cuts” doctrine against India. Join Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain and Anurag Sharma as they recall the event and discuss the way forward to the developments, along with the return of Kashmiri Pandits to their respective homes in J&K."
China-Pakistan Nexus
19 January 2021 Join Amb G. Parthasarthy and Dr Teshu Singh for an extensive discussion on the China-Pakistan Nexus.
VIF News Digests
Global Developments And Analysis: Weekly Monitor
April 13, 2021
Global Developments and Analysis: Weekly Monitor, 05 April - 11 April 2021

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China Daily Digest
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Neighbourhood News
December 14, 2020
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International Development
January 22, 2021
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I. United States Politics and Society US and Iran ratchet up military activity as concerns increase ahead of Soleimani...

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April 5, 2021
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Myanmar Round Up
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