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Afghanistan Mired in Uncertainty
Taliban after illegitmately wresting power in Afghanistan has entered its fourth month. However the country remains in chaos and at the edge of abyss. United Nations(UN) has warned that Afghanistan is on countdown to catasrophe and it is at the brink of one of the world's worst humanitarian crises[1].
What the CCP Wants from its Media
On December 15, 2021 the All China Journalists Association (ACJA) organized a conference in Beijing. The Conference was attended by Xi Jinping who spoke to the participants and the winners of the China Journalism Awards. At the Conference the head of the Publicity Department, Huang Kunming, made a speech in which he urged the journalists to “make earnest efforts to publicize the Party's innovative theories to make them well-understood by the public and to take active measures to make the Party's voice heard” (China Daily).
The Strategic Significance of Turkic Council for Eurasia
Introduction Recently Turkic Council held its Eighth Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. Some significant developments have taken place during this Summit. The name of the Turkic Council was changed to the Organization of Turkic States. Secondly, Turkmenistan joined this organization as an observer, which is considered to be a significant development. Turkmenistan follows a policy of neutrality and restrains itself from being a member of any regional organization. However, Ashgabat joining Turkic Council as an observer is significant for regional cooperation in Central Asia.
Visit of Chairman Vietnam’s National People’s Assembly and India-Vietnam Relations
Mr. Vuong Dinh Hue, the Chairman of the National Assembly of Vietnam, visited India from 15 to 19 December to bolster India-Vietnam cooperation in a number of areas. He is one of the important leaders in the quartet of the top leadership and power structure of Vietnam which comprises of General Secretary of the Vietnam Communist Party, the President, Prime Minister and the Chairman of National Assembly.
Xi Jinping’s New Security Satraps
China’s powerful security apparatus has become even more important for Xi Jinping as he makes a bid for a third term at China’s helm at the upcoming 20th Party Congress in 2022. The unease and dissatisfaction simmering just below the surface make it imperative that the security establishment is unquestioningly loyal to Xi.
Compulsions behind Japan Arming Itself
Japan’s security posture seems to be heading for a dramatic overhaul as it feels compelled to respond to the emerging challenges in the altered security environment in its neighbourhood. China’s belligerence in territorial issues and North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests have awakened Japan to think seriously about safeguarding its own security. It may be recalled that when North Korea fired missiles in the recent past, they flew over Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, exposing Japan’s vulnerability and to external security threats.
Understanding Indian Heritage: Shedding the Colonial Past
The Indian subcontinent was largely colonised by the British Empire for almost two centuries and an official establishment for archaeology was introduced by Alexander Cunningham, a British army engineer. He was the founder of the Indian Archaeological Survey and Director of Survey until 1885.[1] The focus of a lot of sites tended to bend towards the Greek and Roman influences over the Indian subcontinent.
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