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Middle Powers Must Intervene as Giants Confront to Dominate Global Order

Middle Powers Must Intervene as Giants Confront to Dominate Global OrderMay 21, 20200 The two technical giants, US and China, have intensified their unfettered confrontation for global domination.  Either of them coming out victorious is no solace as both want to subjugate the international community to their control.  Their next major clash is coming up in November ITU meet in New Delhi. Middle powers need to pool their resources to guide the US-China competition to a more benign world order. European Union, Russia and India may well lead.———by Prasad NallapatiThe US is vertically divided on Russia, but it presents a united front to confront and stop Chinese march to global domination. This paper attempts to review the cyber confrontation between the US and its two adversaries and how a potential damage could be averted for better world order.“RussiaGate” CollapseThe Democratic Party’s crusade to discredit President Trump’s election and his alleged collusion with Russia during the 201…

Pakistan Says Debt in CPEC-related Projects is Just 10%, Rejects US' Concern

Pakistan Says Debt in CPEC-related Projects is Just 10%, Rejects US' ConcernThe FO reiterated that the CPEC, a long-term project, helped address development gaps in energy, infrastructure, industrialisation and job creation.UPDATED ON: MAY 22, 2020, 4:42 PM ISTPTI File photo of Pakistani flag. (Getty Images)Pakistan on Friday said that its debt in the multi-billion dollar CPEC-related projects is just 10 per cent of the total public debts, days after a top US official called on China to release countries like Pakistan from "predatory loans".The US' top diplomat for South and Central Asia Alice Wells on Wednesday said that at a time when the world is reeling from the economic consequences of having shut parts of the economy due to the coronavirus, it is really incumbent upon China to take steps to alleviate the burden this "predatory, unsustainable and unfair" lending is going to cause to Pakistan.Advertisement
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China’s Coronavirus Propaganda Campaign Runs Into Trouble

 | Thursday, May 21, 2020 From the moment Chinese leaders belatedly recognized that a deadly new pathogen was spreading rapidly in the city of Wuhan and beyond, it became apparent that the coronavirus would play a defining role in shaping the image and power of China and its regime for years to come. Beijing has been working overtime ever since not just to contain the virus at home, but to shape the narrative of the pandemic there and abroad, seeking to portray China and its rulers as wise, efficient, powerful and generous. China’s ultimate goal is to emerge from this crisis as a more powerful player on the global stage, by capitalizing on what looks like a hinge moment in history.This effort has translated into an ongoing propaganda campaign to play up the performance of Chinese authorities, while disparaging the response by the United States and the West. The U.S., in turn, has pushed its own messaging war under the Trump administration. With little doubt that it is creat…

Victoria’s Belt and Road Initiative deal undermines cohesive national China policy

22 May 2020| The Victorian government’s Belt and Road Initiative program is a zombie project that has its own inertia and is proceeding despite the world changing around it. It needs to be halted and comprehensively reassessed. The federal government institutions that understand foreign policy, national security and digital technology must be involved actively and comprehensively in that reassessment.The core rationale for a state government being a party to this initiative of Beijing’s also needs to be rethought in light of the world we are now living in.If it’s about cheap financing, the Covid-19 environment means money is as cheap for governments to borrow as it has ever been, so that reason doesn’t make much sense.If it’s about giving Chinese firms work, there are plenty of Australian companies that are at least as qualified and available to undertake infrastructure projects.If it’s about using Chinese digital technology in our infrastructure, that’s probably just…