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फाइनेंशियल एक्शन टास्क फोर्स का पाकिस्तान दौरा
फाइनेंशियल एक्शन टास्क फोर्स (एफएटीएफ) के नौ सदस्यीय प्रतिनिधिमंडल ने 8 से 19 अक्टूबर के बीच 12 दिनों तक पाकिस्तान का दौरा किया। एफएटीएफ के एशिया-प्रशांत समूह (एपीजी) में अमेरिका के वित्त विभाग, ब्रिटेन के स्कॉटलैंड यार्ड, पीपुल्स बैंक ऑफ चाइना, तुर्की के न्याय विभाग, मालदीव की वित्तीय खुफिया इकाई तथा इंडोनेशिया के वित्त मंत्रालय के विशेषज्ञ शामिल थे।
West Asia Review- December 2018
West Asia continued to be fraught with conflicts, competition and crisis with newer challenges springing up with the decision of US to withdraw its troops from Syria, and Iraq leaving the field wide open for Russia and regional competing powers i.e. Saudi Arabia, Iran and Israel. Some progress on the Yemen reconciliation is on the cards but it is too early to call a truce for a decisive peaceful outcome. Syria
40th Anniversary of ‘Reform & Opening Up’: Xi’s Plain-Speak
Cassandras have failed every time they sought to predict end of the Chinese dream-run. They have sought to focus on the nation’s high internal indebtedness; they have talked about how the export-led economy would have crash landing soon; and China’s emphasis on State-owned Exterprises (SOE) for fueling the economy as deleterious to the growth of private sector. The final grouse was clearly an appeal to the Chinese authorities for relaxing measures of controlling multinational corporations.
Challenges and Opportunities ahead for Parties in 2019
Somebody is going to win and someone will lose in the 2019 general election, but both the winners and the losers will have to face challenges thereafter — not just at the personal level but ones that concern the nation. And these challenges have to be converted into opportunities if the country is to progress and consolidate the gains of the past years. They fall broadly into three categories, and while the issues can often overlap into more than one of these, they are a good enough roadmap to chart a better future.
Forecast on Developments in the South China Sea in 2019
Looking into 2019, the South China Sea is like a lit fuse which can lead to conflagration without warning. The rhetoric between China and the US is becoming so incandescent that avoidance of a violent naval clash has become a main subject of discussions between the US Defence Secretary and his Chinese counterpart. Mattis’ departure could, possibly, lead to an even tougher approach.
Geo-strategic Outlook for the Indo-Pacific in 2019
The primary geopolitical challenges in 2019 in the Indo-Pacific will arise due to the changing relations between the USA and China. India, Japan, Australia, Islamic republic of Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Russian Federation will all contribute their bit into the evolving security matrix in the region. The US is likely escalating its strategic offensive against China through tariffs, sanctions, regulatory buffers around emerging technologies, stronger backing for Taiwan and a more assertive posture in the South China Sea.
India’s Gradual Transition from ‘Defense Market’ to ‘Export Hub’
2019, the final year of current Indian government, is the perfect time to trace and evaluate how much progress India has made on some of the ambitious targets related to defense sector i.e. promotion of indigenous defense development, reducing country’s defense import dependence and further changing India’s status from a ‘defense market’ to ‘defense export hub.’
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