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Japan Promotes Indo-Pacific in African Strategic Thinking
In his opening address at the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), Prime Minister Abe sought support from the African nations to join hands with Japan and work together to “safeguard the Indo-Pacific, which connects Africa and Japan, with great care as an ‘international public good’ permeated by the rule of law”.1 He was also successful in including Indo-Pacific in the Yokohama Declaration issued at the end of the summit level conference focusing on ‘grant aids and technical assistance’ under the Japan-Africa cooperation mechanism started in 1993.
Recent Transgressions by China in the South China Sea
China along with Vietnam is the largest claimants of islands in the South China Sea. China has built military bases to include berthing sites for war ships, air strips for fighter and transport aircraft and is keen on optimising the resources of the region.
Comments on Draft National Education Policy 2019
The Ministry of Higher Education has brought out the Country’s First Education Policy of this century, which is nearly after three and a half decades of the earlier policy. Looking to the rate of change in the end of last century and still faster in this century, this period appears to be several generations. Obviously, therefore for any committee to meet the expectations of all cross sections of society and the aspirations of all stakeholders in a Country, as diverse as ours is practically impossible.
The Radhakrishnan Commission’s Recommendations for the Inclusion of Comparative Religion1
On the occasion of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birthday on 5 September, let us revisit an almost forgotten contribution of his. The man, whose birthday is celebrated as Teacher’s Day, had also served as the Chairperson of the University Education Commission (1948-49), set up by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and Education Minister, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, to assess the situation and the needs of the university education system in the country. Since Radhakrishnan chaired the Commission, it came to be known as the Radhakrishnan Commission.
Sri Lanka-US military Ties in the Indo-Pacific
On August 18, Sri Lankan media reported that the United States had decided to suspend bilateral negotiations with Colombo on the controversial Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) until after the presidential election in the island nation1. While this pause in talks may serve to distract the public for the time being and, perhaps drive attention towards other talking points as election day comes closer, the issue in itself can be expected to remain on the national agenda.
The Hong Kong Imbroglio
The present public upsurge in Hong Kong, administratively known as the Hong Kong Special Administered Region (HKSAR) of Peoples Republic of China (PRC), is now nearly three-month old. The latest trigger for the present unrest has been the HKSAR administration`s attempt to prosecute people of its territory under a law which entails extradition to PRC. There seems be no let up.
What Happened at the Biaritzz G-7?
The G-7 (U.S., Japan, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, and Canada, to list them in descending order of GDP) met for its 45th Session in Biarritz, France, from the 24th to 26th August ,2019. France, as the host, had invited eight other states: Australia, Burkina Faso, Chile, Egypt, India, Rwanda, Senegal, and South Africa, a list that emphasizes French colonial links with Africa. These invitees obviously did not attend the main G-7 deliberations.
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