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Myanmar Round Up: August 2020
August 2020 marked significant developments in Myanmar’s political process. The fourth “21st-Century Panglong Conference” was concluded, which was stalled since 2018. The government officials and military leaders along with ten Ethnic Armed Organisations (EAOs) signed Part III of the Union Accord, which includes a framework to implement the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, and basic principles to establish a democratic federal union. However, restoring peace in a country affected by ethnic insurgencies is a far distant dream.
Visit of Czech Senate President to Taiwan
The visit of the Czech Senate president to Taiwan has drawn sharp comments from China. Mr. Milos Vystrcil in his address to the Taiwanese Parliament on 1st September declared ‘I am a Taiwanese’. The expression of empathy with the Taiwanese people was evocative of President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Germany at the height of the Cold War when Kennedy declared Ich bin ein Berliner (I am a Berliner). The Chinese Foreign Minister Mr. Wang Yi had threatened Mr.
A Perspective on the Senkaku Islands Dispute
The dispute over the Senkaku/ Diaoyu Islands comprising five uninhabited islands and three rocks totalling seven square kilometres in the East China Sea is often understated as a simple sovereignty dispute or a resource conflict. It may, in fact, be the defining element of East Asian maritime security and geopolitics. In addition to China and Japan (and Taiwan), the involvement of the United States in this dispute by virtue of its security treaty with Japan makes it potentially explosive.
Cooperation on New Technologies, will India choose BRICS or D10?
As the Indian External Affairs Ministry prepares for the BRICS Foreign Minister’s Meeting, Beijing has proposed to set up an Innovation Base to strengthen the grouping’s cooperation on 5G, digital economy, Artificial Intelligence, information technology, and other new technologies. The base, as proposed by the Chinese Information and Industry Minister, would be based out of China. The proposal comes at a time when India and China are engaged diplomatically to de-escalate the hostilities on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
West Asia Round Up: August 2020
ABSTRACT: August witnessed monumental events in the region. US sponsored rapprochement between UAE and Israel; Pompeo’s visit to Khartoum; Beirut blasts; attempts to ceasefire in Libya; Iraqi PM’s visits to Iran and USA; Defeat of US proposal and attempts to extend arms embargo on Iran and unprecedented failed attempt of invoking “Snap” vote at the UNSC; Pakistan-Saudi Arabia spat; Turkey flexing muscles in Eastern Mediterranean; and India –UAE Joint Commission meet were some of the key developments.
US Presidential Elections
The Republican and Democratic Conventions reflect the differing party philosophies and the contrasting personalities of the two candidates. President Trump emphasized national security, law and order, and low taxes. Biden called for social justice, racial equality, and medicare. Trump hit out at China. Candidate Biden made only a passing reference to that country. Trump’s speech was crafted to appeal to his core constituency. Biden was trying to move to the middle ground, a traditional stance of Presidential candidates after winning the nomination to attract the swing voters.
अनुच्छेद 370 निरस्तीकरण के भारत के निर्णय का मूल्यांकन और कश्मीर की आगे की यात्रा
केंद्र की नरेन्द्र मोदी सरकार ने 5 अगस्त, 2019 को भारतीय संविधान में वर्णित अनुच्छेद 370 को अमान्य कर दिया। इसके साथ ही, अनुच्छेद 35 अ को भी रद्द कर दिया, जो अनुच्छेद 370 का मेरुदंड था। वास्तव में यह भारत के लिए ऐतिहासिक क्षण था क्योंकि अनुच्छेद 370, एक तरह से दुसह भार हो गया था, जो राज्य में जारी भ्रष्टाचार, आतंकवाद, भाई-भतीजावाद, इस्लामी जेहाद और खराब प्रशासन का एक जबर्दस्त ढाल बना हुआ था। संविधान में जम्मू-कश्मीर को एक विशेष राज्य का दरजा देने वाला अनु.370 एक अस्थायी प्रावधान था, जिसने काफी समय पहले से ही अपनी उपादेयता और औचित्य खो दिया था। पिछले कई दशकों से तो यह कश्मीर के सामाजिक-आर्थिक व
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