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West Asia Round-up: March 2019
President Trump continues to surprise the world as far as the foreign policy domain is concerned especially with regard to West Asia. After his Jerusalem Salvo and the proposal in making “Deal of the Century” for the Middle East, he sprung a surprise by announcing the disputed and occupied Golan Heights territorially as part of Israel.
Initial Assessment of China’s CPPCC Plenary Session, 2019
Earlier in March this year, China successfully concluded plenary meetings of the Party’s top two bodies, which set the agenda for the year ahead. 2158 delegates of China's top political advisory body, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) gathered in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing from March 9 - 11, 2019.
Special Provisions for Jammu & Kashmir: Facts
It would appear from statements by certain political leaders that Article 370 is the critical element which binds Jammu & Kashmir with India. Former State Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti says that the withdrawal of this provision will render India as an “occupational force” in Kashmir, like Israel is considered in Palestine. She threatens that the relationship between Kashmir and the rest of India would become “illegitimate and illegal”. The National Conference’s viewpoint is not very different.
Assessing US Recognition of Golan Heights
On 21 March 2019, the US President Donald Trump announced his decision in a tweet stating that the US after 52 years have recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights. The reason according to President Trump is that the region holds critical strategic importance for the Jewish state to attain regional stability.
Pakistani Estimates of the Eastern River Water Flows
It may be recalled that the Indus Water Treaty, 1960 (IWT) between India and Pakistan, brokered by the World bank, allocated three rivers each, known as the Eastern Rivers (Ravi, Beas, Sutlej) to India, and the Western Rivers (Indus, Chenab, Jhelum) to Pakistan. India has the complete right over the waters of the Eastern Rivers and can also use the waters of the Western Rivers for consumptive uses like drinking, agriculture as mentioned in the Treaty.
Kabul’s Muscle-Flexing amidst recent Tensions
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent assertion that Pakistan would play a key role in the Afghan peace settlement has contributed to the latest downswing of ties between these two nations In his address to journalists, Imran Khan not only blamed the Ghani regime for playing a spoiler in the peace process, but also emphasized on setting up a provisional government that would pave the way for free and fair elections in the war torn nation.
Dissecting Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030
Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 document notes that the path to their future lies in three pillars, i.e., its status as the centre of the Muslim and Arab world; its desire to emerge as a global investment powerhouse and as the epicentre of trade connecting Asia, Europe and Africa. In terms of socio-cultural efforts, it aims to upgrade infrastructure in Mecca and Medina and increase the number of Haj pilgrims from eight million in 2015 to 15 million in 2020, and eventually to 30 million every year by 2030.
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