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CHINA: Party Watch , Weekly update

Weekly Report 2|36 7.6.2019-7.12.2019 David Gitter, Julia Bowie, Brock Erdahl, Ann Listerud, Sandy Lu, and Daniel Shats Highlights Xi Jinping discussed the progress of party and state organizational reform, emphasizing that there is only one year left before the 2020 deadline to achieve results (see Senior Leaders section).   The general offices of the Central Committee and State Council published a guideline on building China’s public legal service system (see Senior Leaders section).    People’s Daily ’s Zhong Sheng column lashed out at the US over arms sales to Taiwan, accusing it of “using Taiwan to control China” (see Propaganda Work section).  Senior Leaders Xi Jinping Gives Speech on Organizational Reform People’s Daily   7.5  Xi Jinping attended and gave a speech at a meeting to summarize the deepening of party and state organizational reform in Beijing. He said that deepening the reform of party and state organizations is a “systematic and holistic restructuring

Gulf and Af-Pak fast changing: India has to gear up

July 15, 2019, 12:58 PM IST  Economic Times  in  ET Commentary By Prasad Nallapati We are witnessing fast moving changes in the Gulf and Af-Pak area. Emerging geo-politics have set in motion headwinds for India, warranting quick and imaginative diplomatic maneuvers to keep itself unaffected. No one wants another major war in the Gulf. However, what the Trump administration and its allies seem to aim at is a simmering blaze that keeps Iran burning slowly but surely, unless their demands are met. He sent `sugar-coated’ messages to Ayatollahs that he could be their best friend who can make Iran great again, if they agree to re-negotiate the nuclear accord on his terms. The US has unilaterally withdrawn from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) demanding Tehran to re-negotiate the agreement so as to permanently cripple its nuclear and missile capabilities. His administration has imposed unprecedented sanctions, even on its supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, as part of the p