Friday, August 18, 2017
Thursday, August 17, 2017
“I’m changing out people at East Asian Defense; I’m getting hawks in,” Bannon told The American Prospect, a liberal magazine, in a candid interview. “I’m getting Susan Thornton [acting head of East Asian and Pacific Affairs] out at State.”
At issue in the interview are Bannon’s views toward China—“We’re at economic war with China”—and what he sees as its inadequate help reining in North Korea. (“On Korea, they’re just tapping us along. It’s just a sideshow.” He also said he doesn’t believe there’s a military solution for North Korea.)
“To me,” Bannon said, “the economic war with China is everything. And we have to be maniacally focused on that. If we continue to lose it, we’re five years away, I think, 10 years at the most, of hitting an inflection point from which we’ll never be able to recover.”
Pushing his get-tough-with-China approach is “a fight I fight every day here.” At least part of his strategy, he said, would be to change out staff members at the State Department and Department of Defense, specifically naming one official he planned to remove.
|The video features a Chinese actor in costume mimicking an Indian accent|
Stay classy, China. 😒
Meanwhile, Congress mouthpiece Prem Shankar Jha attempts an even worse caricature:
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Brahma Chellaney warns that China certainly wants war:
- Imports of electronics and IT products from China: "Many of the devices transmit, or store, data back into Chinese servers, which could pose a security risk. Also, online transactions using many of these devices and platforms can be tracked back to Chinese servers, which can create security issues for the country".
- Sigh!: India’s exports to China include iron ore, cotton yarn, petroleum products, copper and chemicals, while imports include telecom instruments, electronic components, computer hardware, industrial machinery and chemicals.
- Hindus offended: Gelatin derived from beef is used in a variety of Kellogg cereal products.
- White Jesus: Too many Christian pastors are silent on Charlottesville violence
- Sikhs in America: For more than a century, Sikhs in the U.S. have faced hate and violence.
- On Hinduism:
Hinduism gave itself no name, because it set itself no sectarian limits; it claimed no universal adhesion, asserted no sole infallible dogma, set up no single narrow path or gate of salvation; it was less a creed or cult than a continuously enlarging tradition of the God ward endeavor of the human spirit. An immense many-sided and many staged provision for a spiritual self-building and self-finding, it had some right to speak of itself by the only name it knew, the eternal religion, Santana Dharma.
Now just here is the first baffling difficulty over which the European mind stumbles; for it finds itself unable to make out what Hindu religion is.... How can there be a religion which has no rigid dogmas demanding belief on pain of eternal damnation, no theological postulates, even no fixed theology, no credo, distinguishing it from antagonistic or rival religions? How can there be a religion which has no papal head, no governing ecclesiastic body, no church, chapel or congregational system, no binding religious form of any kind obligatory on all its adherents, no one administration and discipline? For the Hindu priests are mere ceremonial officiants without any ecclesiastical authority or disciplinary powers and the Pundits are mere interpreters of the Shastra, not the law-givers of the religion or its rulers.
How again can Hinduism be called a religion when it admits all beliefs, allowing even a kind of high-reaching atheism and agnosticism and permits all possible spiritual experiences, all kinds of religious adventures? -- Sri Aurobindo, India's Rebirth
Saturday, August 12, 2017
- What next on the border? China would face significant military disadvantages in mounting a frontal attack to evict Indian troops from Doklam. As a face-saver, the PLA might choose to occupy another strategic border pass, such as the 17,500 foot Lipulekh on the India-China-Nepal tri-junction.
- Nepal moves closer to the dragon: Former PM K P Oli is the leader of anti-India constituents in Nepal.
- India ill-prepared to handle Chinese cyber attacks: "Our government is not yet capable of understanding this level of attacks".
- Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition: Mazda says it has made a long-awaited breakthrough in engine technology
- SoftBank Vision Fund: Flipkart now has a $4 billion war chest to take on Amazon
- Operation Sanctuary: Paki child sex network convicted
- Tanmoy Ray: Beginners Guide to Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, NLP, Deep Learning, Big Data Analytics and Blockchain
- Raga Jaijaiwanti: Kesarbai Kerkar
Friday, August 11, 2017
India should watch and take notes on the effectiveness of US measures against China, given the latter's role as Pakistan's military patron (and now economic patron as well).
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
I say 'Go For It' - and change Article 35A while you're at it.
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
- Air power balance between India and China: Why Indian Air Force may best Chinese jets in an air battle over Tibet
- What the PLA has up its sleeve: China's new hexacopters and self-detonating drones
- Plant-based burger that drips blood: It uses an ingredient found in plants called leghemoglobin—which carries the same iron-containing molecule, known as heme, that’s also found in animal muscle.
- Switch to electric mobility: German firms likely to stop ICE development in as little as 6 years.
- America’s first-ever high-speed rail line: Tantalizing possibilities. Why not “have more folks live in Central valley and commute into Silicon valley?”
- Shirdi Solar Kitchen:
- Tata cancels plans for Tamo sub-brand, Racemo sports car: Tamo was launched at the 2017 Geneva auto show as a new aspirational brand aimed at improving Tata’s image on the world stage.
- You might not actually need to finish your antibiotics: Challenging the widespread belief that you should keep taking every last dose of antibiotic prescribed by your physician even after you feel better. This advice has long been claimed to be key to preventing antibiotic resistance.
Monday, August 07, 2017
China's new base in Djibouti puts it right on a strategic choke point near the mouth of the Red Sea:
Sunday, August 06, 2017
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Saturday, August 05, 2017
Calling for peace at the India-China border, Singh then returned the belt he'd won back to his Chinese opponent.
Friday, August 04, 2017
From: Anjaneya Bajaj <
Fertility Tables published by Census 2011 indicate that the annual number of births in Kashmir Valley has doubled since Census 2001. There were 85,157 live births in the Valley in the year preceding Census 2001, that number has risen to 1,76,673 in 2011. This abrupt rise is restricted only to births in the Valley. In Jammu region, number of births has increased by only 19.3 percent, which is somewhat less than the rise in population of that region. In Ladakh, number of births has declined by nearly a third.
Of the children born in the valley 99.13 percent are Muslim. The spurt in live births in Jammu and Kashmir is thus limited to the Muslims in the Valley. The rise is such that an average Muslim woman in the Valley can now expect to produce 1.34 extra children over her lifetime compared to what she could have expected in 2001. Such a drastic change in the fertility rates over a period of just one decade is indeed surprising.
Census provides one more measure of fertility: number of children in the 0-6 year age group per hundred of the population of different communities. This measure also confirms the sudden rise of fertility in the Muslim community of the Valley. Census 2001 counted 14.64 children per hundred of population among them, the ratio in 2011 is 17.83. Thus, compared to 2001, there are 3.2 more children per hundred of the population among Muslims there.
There has obviously been a great spurt in the fertility of Muslims in the Valley. Such a drastic rise in the fertility measures is unlikely to happen spontaneously. The numbers do indicate a systematic, concerted and successful effort among the Muslims of the Valley to have more children. Surprisingly, no indications of such an effort have emerged in the public domain.
In view of the great significance of these numbers, we have collated the relevant data in the note below:
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Thursday, August 03, 2017
- When Nation Building Can Be A Sabbatical: To woo a high profile NRI back, whether it's Arvind Panagariya or Raghuram Rajan, the call of the motherland is positioned as a sabbatical within the American Dream.
- NITI Aayog: Panagariya realised that he was holding a non-job. Unlike the Planning Commission, the Niti Aayog had no powers to direct the channeling of resources to approved projects.
- Tesla’s Model 3: BMW and Mercedes should be concerned. This automobile is clearly targeting their market.
- Kashmir terror funding: The National Investigation Agency is focusing on a hawala racket relating to the annual Haj pilgrimage and trade fraud along the LoC as two funding channels being used by separatists and terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir.
- Kalyani Rafael: India's first private missile production facility unveiled
- In Kerala, 3 Men Guarded King Cobra Eggs For Over 100 Days: After 72 days, they started a round-the-clock vigil, till they saw the king cobra hatchlings emerge, nearly 30 days later.
- Sunset: Every sunset ends with a green flash... In Indian mythology, the Sun god rides on a chariot drawn by seven green horses.
- Chembai Sangeeta Utsavam Guruvayur Ramakrishnamurthy
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Fwd: Mind the power gap between India and China+Why is Chanakya not part of Pakistan’s historical consciousness+The empire strikes back
From: Sanjeev Nayyar
Sunday, July 30, 2017
India could never be bothered to say such things of China whenever Pak acted up with Chinese support. China should also think twice about starting a war with India over Doklam, when it already has some big powers angry at it over its other antics.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Fwd: D China, India must prevent border tensions from blocking progress toward RCEP+China Pak Water Axis on the Indus + Non Traditional Threats: South Asia's “Meth” Traffic
From: Sanjeev Nayyar
4. There is a method in China's Doklam Stand 19.7.17 by bhaskar roy http://www.southasiaanalysis.
From: Sanjeev Nayyar
India's refusal to be part of OBOR and Doklam stand-off has made China occupy more mind space than at any time in the recent past. Conversely Global Times, mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China, regularly publishes articles threatening and advising India.
Till now, Indians thought their primary enemy was Pakistan, a neighbour whose people are of the same stock and seen on prime time. With China it is different.
How does one deal with a neighbour who is determined to be Asia's leading power and "steer you towards participation in its grand geopolitical design represented by the Belt and Road Initiative", grabs your territory stealthily, is less visible, makes equipment at a lower cost, whose phones you use, has deep pockets, uses Pakistan to keep you tied down, woos your neighbours and impedes your emergence as a rival power.
How should India deal with China? First some broad contours.
Our mantra should be cooperate and compete. Be firm, keep channels of communication open and never let your guard down. There is no need for India to be submissive because China's GDP is five times ours and ape its achievements in infrastructure and manufacturing. India's actions should be driven by its civilizational values and not in response to Chinese moves. In Africa India must play to its strengths. We need partners to make China understand the need for mutual respect. Every Indian move has to be timed and not give China an opportunity to play the victim card. Simultaneously, we can work together for greater benefit e.g. climate change.
India needs an integrated and comprehensive policy towards China. Here is what she must do.
One: China is doing what it does because of economic strength. India must be focussed on becoming an economic and military power.
Two: The next time China offers to play a constructive role in improving relations between India and Pakistan, India must offer to help China in resolving its disputes with Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and Philippines amongst others.
Three: The more the Chinese needle us, the firmer must be our resolve. Sometimes India could, with a smile, show China the mirror for e.g. by asking why it supports terrorism.
Four: One of the reasons for China flexing its muscles is improved relations with Russia. The latter needs Chinese support to counter the U.S. led economic sanctions and in Afghanistan. India must not get unnerved because China might, true to its nature, turn the tables on Russia once it becomes a dominant partner.
Five: On ties with Russia and U.S. former foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal recently wrote, "We must have both the US and Russia as close partners and work with both countries on issues where our respective interests coincide without undermining the legitimate interests of either country."
Six: India must woo Taiwanese companies to invest in India esp. in telecom hardware.
Seven: Sooner than later China shall use water as a weapon against India. Study the impact of the proposed "the 400-km cascade of dams on the Indus will stretch all the way from Gilgit-Baltistan to the existing Tarbela Dam near Islamabad." Ditto for Brahmaputra.
Eight: India must be steadfast in its stand that Gilgit and Baltisthan are part of India and provide "political, diplomatic and moral support to the Baloch people who may be engaged in disrupting the corridor".
It is counter-moves that could put pressure on China or else India is always left responding.
Nine: India invariably associates defending the border by the army. Since it is impossible to guard every inch of land India is always under pressure. We need to change tack as noted columnist Nitin Pai recently wrote. "India should respond to Chinese moves in the Himalayas and the subcontinent with counter-moves in the South China Sea and beyond. By using sea power in a geography that China is sensitive about, India could raise the costs of Beijing's Himalayan enterprises". 1
Ten: Agni IV, V and Brahmos missiles are yet to be inducted into the armed forces. Government must raise the bar and induct by September quarter 2018 if not earlier.
Eleven: On the border issue, every time China raises it we must remind them of the 1996 agreement, unilaterally repudiated by them in 2002, where it was agreed to 'clarifying the alignment of the LAC in those segments where they (the two sides) have different perceptions'. The ball is in China's court.
Twelve: China is not only at our border but has an ever increasing presence in trade, business and financial markets.
Writing in MINT, Rajrishi Singhal gave three examples of such presence. The author analyses intent and suggests response. 2
One, recently Chinese handset manufacturer Vivo won rights to cricket tournament Indian Premier League. "Vivo will pay Rs 2,199 crore for the next five years i.e. a 267% premium over the base price of Rs 120 crore a year". Subsequently Vivo signed a record five-year deal worth Rs 300 crore with Star Sports, broadcaster for Pro Kabaddi League.
Is it not odd for a company to bid at record levels and invest so much money in sponsorships? The deeper intent is to associate Chinese brands with two popular Indians sports.
Vivo could be a front for the Chinese government just like it widely believed that a "Chinese-origin Singaporean billionaire is for Rs 305 crore massive gilded statue of Buddha" being built in Thimpu.
It is unfair to expect honourable judges and sports administrators to understand geo-political strategies.
Since cricket is India's biggest religion the government could ask BCCI to revisit the Vivo sponsorship offer.
Two, Singhal wrote, "So also in the 12th Plan alone, close to 30% of generating capacity was sourced from China (goo.gl/5yB67A), with the trend continuing in the 13th Plan as well."
In such and similar sectors the government could introduce the concept of Minimum Import Price (MIP) as was done in the steel sector. MIP is the minimum price per tonne that Indian firms have to pay while importing products into India and was introduced to counter unfair trade practices. Remember only when Indian companies make profits will they invest in fresh capacity.
Three, "among the list of banks managing the recent Central Depository Services Ltd initial public offering was a curious name: Haitong Securities India Pvt Ltd. Haitong, as per its website, is China's second largest securities firm."
An open invite to FDI is fine but access has to be mutual.
The government must use tariff and non-tariff barriers to keep the Chinese at bay.
Thirteen: Be it investing in infrastructure projects in Iran, India's neighbourhood or building a Buddha statue in Bhutan, India must look to pool its resources with Japan.
Fourteen: China must be told that an escalation of border tensions would severely impact trade ties and reaching trade agreements at the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to be held in Hyderabad this week.
National achievements and soft power are important tools of psychological warfare. So -
Fifteen: The government must keep Team ISRO motivated so India's achievements in space technology continue.
Sixteen: Identify sports where China dominates but India has competence, for example, badminton and then build world champions. Work towards sustained dominance and do not get swayed by a few victories.
Seventeen: India has gifted China, Buddhism then and Yoga now. This needs wide publicity.
Inspite of the fact that yoga helps Chinese women, mostly in the age group of 25 to 40, to remain young, healthy and fit China keeps threatening India by saying it will teach it a lesson. Notwithstanding Chinese hostility, the government must encourage more Indians esp. those from the northeast, to learn yoga and offer to help the Chinese.
Simultaneously the world, Chinese and Indians included must know that -
Eighteen: Annexing areas comes naturally to China. It annexed Tibet, Manchuria, Xinjiang and parts of Mongolia. To this add 38,000 sq kms of Akshai Chin (part of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir), that has since provided China with the only passageway between Tibet and Xinjiang.
Nineteen: China supports countries that indulge in terrorism and are a threat to world peace. For example the Pakistan North Korea nuclear and missile nexus. Last year Samuel Ramani wrote in thediplomat.com, "During the early 1990s, Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto purchased Rodong long-range missiles from North Korea. In exchange, Pakistan supplied Pyongyang with "civilian nuclear technology". In 2002, U.S. officials announced that Pakistan had exported gas centrifuges to help North Korea enrich uranium and construct a nuclear bomb." 3
By using Pakistan as a route for nuclear materials entering North Korea China could strengthen the DPRK's military capabilities without spoiling relations with the U.S.
A second example is Chinese support to Pakistan, a country that gave refuge to Osama Bin Laden and uses terror as an instrument of State policy.
Next India must invest in and nurture relations -
Twenty: With a countries of Southeast Asia, the subcontinent and Japan.
Twenty-one: Former ambassador and senior diplomat G Parthasarathy recently wrote that India has won gratitude in vocational training and education facilities for Myanmar personnel. He added our focus should be on assisting populations living close to our borders through imaginative schemes for education, health, communications and small/village industries.
Twenty-two: Start direct flights between Imphal and Yangon and road connectivity. Both would increase trade and tourism.
Twenty-three: Nepal and Bangladesh are welcome to do business with China. Give them a booklet of "how Chinese investments in Africa, Sri Lanka and Myanmar have faced strong local backlash and national election campaigns in Zambia and Sri Lanka were held on an anti-China plank."
Read China's debt trap diplomacy by Brahma Chellaney https://chellaney.net/2017/01/
Twenty-four: In case China makes a railway line to Nepal make it known to our brothers there that India would not allow import of Chinese goods through the Indo-Nepal border.
Twenty-five: India needs to promote tourism to the Northeast in a big way. The regions development and integration is critical to the success of India's Look East Policy.
Lastly, the Centre needs to counter possible Chinese moves to influence elections in India. The Chinese might do so because it believes that with every election victory BJP's stand on international issues gets tougher.
Read BJP's election win has implications for Sino-India ties http://www.globaltimes.cn/
How India must respond to Chinese investments in Africa requires a separate piece.
Soft and psychological power become potent when accompanied by comprehensive national strength. If and when Indian builds it, the intelligent will get the message.
The author is an independent columnist. He tweets @sanjeev1927
1. Why India should rely on sea power to manage China's provocations http://www.business-standard.
2.The Chinese encirclement: within and without - http://www.livemint.com/
3.The long history of Pakistan China nexis http://thediplomat.com/2016/
Also read -
1.China's conduct and logic of power - http://www.livemint.com/
2.China Pak Water Axis on the Indus http://www.idsa.in/issuebrief/
3. Are import restrictions to blame for India's trade deficit with China? http://www.livemint.com/
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