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China Lands Long Range H-6K Bombers in Disputed South China Sea; United

LATEST LY May 20 2018 Beijing, May 20: The Chinese air force has landed long-range bombers on islands and reefs in the South China Sea. According to the country’s air force, the landing of bombers in South China Sea region is a part of a training exercise. It is for the first time that the Chinese air force bombers landed in the region. The People’s Liberation Army Air Force conducted takeoff and landing training with the H-6K bomber in the South China Sea. China is involved in many disputes with smaller countries in the region. The main reason for the dispute is an expansive policy...

China using ‘debtbook diplomacy’ to spread its strategic aims in Asia Pacific

CNN 16 May 2018 (CNN)The Chinese government is leveraging billions of dollars in debts to gain political leverage with developing countries across Asia and the Pacific, a new report presented to the US State Department claims. The independent report, written by a pair of Harvard University scholars, identified 16 countries targeted by the Chinese government for “debtbook diplomacy, ”...

The clouds gathering around China’s Belt and Road

Asia.Nikkei.com 15 May 2018 China’s President Xi Jinping promises that his Belt and Road Initiative, a sweeping vision to put China at the center of the global economy through new infrastructure, trade deals and other connections, was a “plan in the sunshine.” But make no mistake, the BRI’s outlook is darkening. Critics — including some of Beijing’s actual and potential partners — are raising concerns about transparency, debt sustainability and usefulness, as well as questioning China’s underlying strategic aims. Blowback from the BRI’s aggressive...

Turns out that aid from China is not as good as it looks

American thinker 15 May 2018 Remember how China drew praise for extending all that influence throughout Africa, and not just Africa, but in Latin America and Asia, too? Investing in development where wicked private investors just wouldn’t? Telling everyone that its gentle message worldwide was “Let’s get rich together”? Showing America how it’s done? This propaganda...

Trump, Putin in power play on the Horn

Somaliland Press 13 May 2018 THE United States and China are squaring up over military strength in Africa, but Russia may be set to upstage them both on the continent’s busiest sea lane. News agencies in Somaliland report that Moscow has “been in talks at some depth” with this unrecognised country that broke away from Somalia in 1991, but has failed to win recognition. Stable, democratic and at peace for most of its 27 years, the former territory of British Somaliland has tried in vain to gain support from the United States. But sources in the capital, Hargeisa say Vladimir Putin may establish...

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India’s Indian Ocean Challenge – Analysis

Eurasia review By Harsh V Pant*the Eurasia review 12 May 2018 As Sino-Indian competition for influence in the Indian Ocean region heats up, India suffered a setback in the Seychelles, due mostly to local politics rather than Chinese resistance. Still, India will seek other avenues in the region to bolster its position. In January, India signed a 20-year pact with the nation to build an airstrip and a jetty for its navy on Assumption Island, due north of Madagascar – pursuant to deal made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a 2015 visit to the Seychelles. New Delhi agreed to invest...

accuses China of ‘predatory economic activities’ in Indian Ocean

China morning Post 4 MAY 2018 deputy assistant defence secretary for South and Southeast Asia, said the United States “should be concerned” about US intelligence assessments reported on Wednesday that show China has installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems to three outposts in the Spratly Islands. “This absolutely looks like an effort to militarise these...

INDIA India’s struggle for the soul of the Indo-Pacific

The Interpreter 3 May 2018 In 2017, the “Indo-Pacific” emerged as a defining geopolitical construct tying the future of states from East Africa to East Asia together with big powers, such as the US, China, India, and Japan. While Beijing has grabbed headlines in its quest to dominate the eastern part of this integrated system in the South China Sea, in the western Indian...

Escaping the Hydra’s Grip: Exiled African leaders Fight to Reform their Countries

The news has been full lately of autocratic leaders willing to go to any lengths to cling to power. The Maldives is daily sinking deeper into a political crisis that has seen protesters and opposition politicians arrested, international lawyers detained and deported, and the Supreme Court’s chief justice sacked. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) teeters on the edge of tragic chaos and...

Grace Mugabe absent from S.Africa summit as assault claim lingers

The East African 20 August 2017 Grace Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s first lady. PHOTO | FILE By AFP Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe failed to appear Saturday at a summit in South Africa attended by her husband, an event overshadowed by her effort to obtain diplomatic immunity over assault allegations. The wife of President Robert Mugabe has not been seen since being accused of attacking...