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India’s China fears give new impetus to US defence ties, arms sales

Opinion Closer ties are a win-win as the US needs more jobs in an election year while India needs a new weapons source amid Russian neutrality in Sino-Indian clashes Heightened defence cooperation is a bright spot in a US-India relationship that has hit rocky ground elsewhere amid differences over trade and tariffs Topic | Diplomacy Rupakjyoti Borah Published:  1:00am, 17 Aug, 2020 Updated:  1:02am, 17 Aug, 2020 As tensions continue on  the Sino-Indian border , New Delhi has started acquiring six more US-made P-8I maritime reconnaissance aircraft. One of the fastest growing aspects of the Indo-US bilateral relationship is the defence ties between the two.   New Delhi is exploring more sources for its weapons imports, which itself is a big change from when the country singularly depended on supplies from the former  Soviet Union and Russia , its successor state.   It has bought a wide array of US-made weapon platforms, including the P-8I, C-130J and C-17 transport aircraft, CH-47 heavy

How Much Money Does the World Owe China?

by   Sebastian Horn ,  Carmen M. Reinhart ,  and   Christoph Trebesch February 26, 2020 Daniel Grizelj/Getty Images While China’s role in global trade is highly publicized and politically polarizing, its growing influence in international finance has remained more obscure, mostly due to a lack of data and transparency. Over the past two decades, China has become a major global lender, with outstanding claims now exceeding more than 5% of global GDP. Almost all of this lending is official, coming from the government and state-controlled entities. Our research, based on a comprehensive new data set, shows that China has extended many more loans to developing countries than previously known. This systematic underreporting of Chinese loans has created a “ hidden debt ” problem – meaning that debtor countries and international institutions alike have an incomplete picture on how much countries around the world owe to China and under which conditions. In total, the Chinese state and its subs

'Pakistan occupied Balochistan'

    Sun, Aug 16 2020 06:21:22 PM By Mrityunjoy Kumar Jha New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS):  "Free Balochistan", "Balochistan is not Pakistan", "Pakistan Quit Balochistan" are some of the hashtags which have been going viral on social media almost every day. More than just popular trends, they express the deep anguish of the people of Balochistan who are facing genocidal incarceration by Pakistan. Social media has emerged as an eminently potent platform for protest chosen by the Balochs to express their misery and torture. This is also one of the last few planks left for them to show their resentment and exasperation against Pakistan's abomination. Four years ago, in his Independence Day speech, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had accused Pakistan of human rights violations and atrocities in the Balochistan province and the Gilgit-Baltistan region. "People of Balochistan, Gilgit and PoK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) have thanked me a lot in the past few

China Neican: 16 August 2020

Hong Kong, food wastage, Confucius Institute, Justice, and Taiwan China Neican Aug 16 China Neican is a  weekly column  on the  China Story blog  written by Yun Jiang and Adam Ni from the China Policy Centre in Canberra. Neican 内参 or “internal reference” are limited circulation reports only for the eyes of high-ranking officials in China, dealing with topics deemed too sensitive for public consumption. But rest assured, everyone is welcome to read what we write. You can find all past issues of Neican  here . 1. Confirmed fears in Hong Kong On Monday, Hong Kong authorities made a series of highest profile arrests under the new national security law. The targets of the roundup were pro-democracy media mogul Jimmy Lai, his sons, senior executives of Next Digital media group (parent of Apple Daily), and Agnes Chow, a pro-democracy activist and co-founder of Demosistō. On the same day, 200 Hong Kong police officers raided the offices of Apple Daily, seizing boxes of materials.  Source: Appl