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Hardly Any Water In Wikileaks Revelations
Professional diplomats will find little that is new or startling in the Wikileaks cables. For them the quality and content of reporting in the leaked cables is quite standard fare.
China’s Defence Budget (2011-12)
Amid growing international concerns, the People’s Republic of China presented its latest defence budget on 4 March 2011, a day ahead of the opening of the Republic’s Ninth National People's Congress. The budget shows a marked increase of 12.6 percent over last year’s budget, which means that the PLA gets to spend a whopping amount of USD 91.5 billion through the current year. Announcing the defence budget, the Chinese spokesman Li Zhaoxing asserted that the increase was justified, and China posed no threat to anyone.
Nagaland: Threat to Reconciliation and Dialogue
At a time when the reconciliation process to bring the different factions in Nagaland together was gaining in ground, the announcement by NSCN (K) and NNC that their respective leaders, SS Khaplang and S Singnya would not be participating in the forthcoming highest-level summit that was expected to take the process of reconciliation to a higher plane has come as a disappointment.
A Deepening Mess - Pakistan is again exploiting India’s eagerness for dialogue
Apropos our decision to resume a “comprehensive” dialogue with Pakistan, the question needs to be asked why we want to play the same game with our neighbour again and again when we know that it does not want to play by accepted rules, or interprets the rules differently from us, or indeed sets its own rules of play. Pakistan also commits fouls with impunity, but that does not deter us from going into the field with it. We also enter the game under threat of constant violence by our adversary.
Defence Capability Vs Defence Expenditure
One of the most keenly watched part of the Union budget is the allocations of funds for defence expenditure. Given the prevailing security environment, modernization of the armed forces and keeping them militarily prepared is a major challenge faced by both the political and military establishments. Particularly so given the fact that our relations with two important neighbours; Pakistan and China can at best be said to be in cold storage, with little sign of early thaw.
Peace with India and Democracy Can Save Pakistan
Increasingly, Pakistan is being viewed as a dysfunctional state by the international community. The assassination of another Pakistani Minister for opposing the pernicious blasphemy law is causing more soul searching within sections of the beleagured civil society about the country’s future direction. This segment does not want a theocratic state in Pakistan, with creeping talibanization of its mores.
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