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China Debates Policy towards U.S. as Biden’s Administration Takes Over
China’s leadership echelons have been very apprehensive about anti-China actions the Trump Administration might take in its last days. Zhou Li, a former career diplomat who is presently senior researcher at the Chongyang Institute of Financial Research of Renmin University and Director of the China Russia Humanities Exchange Research Center, had in mid-2020 warned that China must prepare for the deterioration and “full escalation of the struggle” in Sino-US relations.
US Takes First Step towards Recognising Tibetan Government-in-Exile: the Myth of Historic Chinese Suzerainty over Tibet
On 22nd of December, the United States finally decided to dust off its ‘Tibet inertia’ by passing the Tibetan Policy and Support Act of 2020 (TPSA), acknowledging the exclusive right of Tibetans only to choose a successor to the Dalai Lama. The act also includes provisions calling on Beijing to protect the fundamental rights of Tibetans in China, their environmental rights as well as religious rights.
एपीईसी सार्थक क्षेत्रीय फोरम के बजाए कोरी गप्पबाजी।
एशिया-प्रशांत आर्थिक सहयोग (एपीईसी) का शिखर सम्मेलन 20 नवम्बर को मलयेशिया में किया गया। इस फोरम के कुल 21 सदस्य हैं। वैश्विक महामारी कोरोना के चलते हुए वर्चुअल सम्मेलन की अध्यक्षता मेजबान देश मलयेशिया ने की। एशिया-प्रशांत अर्थव्यवस्थाओं की बढ़ती अंतर-निर्भरता को देखते हुए और दुनिया के अन्य हिस्सों में क्षेत्रीय कारोबारी समझौतों की बढ़ती तादादों को देखते हुए 1989 में पैसिफिक-रिम (प्रशांत क्षेत्र) के इस फोरम का प्रारम्भ किया गया।1 इसका मकसद यूरोप के बाहर कृषि उत्पादों और कच्चे मालों के लिए नये बाजारों की स्थापना करना था। इसका मुख्यालय सिंगापुर में है। एपीईसी को शीर्षस्तरीय बहुपक्षीय ब
Britain’s Trade Deal with the EU
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Christmas eve the culmination of negotiations with the EU over a trade deal with the EU. The deal was finalized just before the expiry of one year transition period since Brexit last year. This set to rest speculation about the UK’s exit from the EU without an agreement which would have been damaging to both sides. Prime Minister recalled that the British people had voted in 2016 to ‘take back control of their money, their borders, their laws, and their waters and to leave the European Union’1.
Yearend Assessment of Vietnam’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2020
Vietnam took over the chairmanship of ASEAN in November 2019, and outlined that the objective of the next year of ASEAN meetings would be on ‘cohesiveness and responsive attitude’. This was meant to bring about better understanding within the ASEAN members on issues related to connectivity, economic integration, revisiting the ASEAN values and norms in the context of emerging challenges. Further, Hanoi’s experience of being the Chair of ASEAN earlier in 2010 also came in handy to impart additional momentum in achieving goals and objectives of the grouping.
China: Path to Hi-Technology
The world is on the threshold of major technology advances that will translate what has so far been in the realm of science fiction to everyday reality. There is clear promise of transformational changes, with the next couple of decades being witness to technology driving almost every aspect of life.
Dialectics of Political Aims, Modern War and Victory
The PLA transgressions of 2020 in Eastern Ladakh, the large induction of units and formations that followed brought the PLA and Indian Army face to face, often in a nail-biting situation. The Agreements signed with China over three decades had been lulling us into complacency and towards over-caution and placatory attitudes, were brought to a nought. This brought discussions of prospective conventional war in drawing-rooms, pumped in by the strong decibels through the audio visual media and nimble fingers across varied print, social media and digital platforms.
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