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Ciao Zhao: What's cooking in the WTC?
Claude Arpi | 22 Dec , 2020 0 comments

Xi Jinping, chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) promoted four military and one armed police officer to the rank of full general (Three Star) in Beijing on December 18. The new generals were presented Certificates of the Order promoting them to the rank of general by the Chairman; Three-Star general is the highest rank in the...

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Bangladesh War of 1971: Pakistan's Blinkered Vision
Mahendra Ved | 21 Dec , 2020 0 comments

The narrative in Pakistan that India facilitated the breakup in 1971 is perfectly understandable given hostilities generated by the 1947 partition and perennial distrust and hostilities between the two South Asian neighbours.  But it is interesting to note that 49 years hence, there seems to be no change in how the nation views the civil war...

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Myanmar Elections in Northern Rakhine: Rare and Good Opportunity
Myanmar Elections in Northern Rakhine: Rare and Good Opportunity

It is unbelievable but it is true that the Northern Rakhine has not seen any fighting since the last General Election on 8th November 2020.  It does not appear to be an accident but a conscious decision taken by both sides- the Tatmadaw, the Myanmar Army and the Arakan Army.  This is a good and a rare opportunity to declare a cease-fire,...

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After Fakhrizadeh killing: Why Iranian over-reaction is unlikely

The election of Joe Biden as next U.S.president has instilled urgency in the anti-Iran front (above all Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the Trump administration), which is willing to provoke Iran and pave the way for an escalation or military action against Iranian nuclear and military installations and prevent a return to diplomacy by a Biden...

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1971 War: Amid Glorious Celebrations, Painful Memories Remain
Col Jaibans Singh | 18 Dec , 2020 1 comment
1971 War: Amid Glorious Celebrations, Painful Memories Remain

“On Vijay Diwas we recall the unwavering courage of our armed forces that resulted in a decisive victory for our nation in the 1971 war. On this special Vijay Diwas, had the honour of lighting the ‘Swarnim Vijay Mashaal’ at the National War Memorial,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi after paying tribute at the National War...

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