Archive for the ‘South East Asia’ Category

Jannah or Jahannam: Options for Dealing with ISIS Detainees

Monday, October 19, 2020 Comments Off on Jannah or Jahannam: Options for Dealing with ISIS Detainees

Introduction Similar to Christians, Muslims believe that a life well-lived leads to Jannah (heaven), while a life of laziness and misdeeds leads to Jahannam (hell). For many of the thousands of ISIS detainees held in camps in Syria and Iraq, including both former ISIS fighters and their families, they are stuck in between, with no […]

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Russia’s top prosecutor visits Japan-claimed islands

Monday, October 19, 2020 Comments Off on Russia’s top prosecutor visits Japan-claimed islands

Russia’s top prosecutor paid a visit Friday to parts of the Moscow-held, Tokyo-claimed islands off Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido, islanders told Kyodo News.

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Chinese FM Embarks on Diplomatic Drive in Southeast Asia

Saturday, October 17, 2020 Comments Off on Chinese FM Embarks on Diplomatic Drive in Southeast Asia

The agenda of Wang Yi’s tour is diplomatic maintenance: the repairing and upgrading of China’s relationships with key Southeast Asian partners. China’s Foreign Minister has embarked on a five-nation tour of Southeast Asia, aimed at shoring key relationships in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and a recent diplomatic offensive by the United States. From […]

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China’s imports, exports surge as global economy reopens

Saturday, October 17, 2020 Comments Off on China’s imports, exports surge as global economy reopens

China’s imports grew at their fastest pace this year in September, while exports extended their strong gains as more trading partners lifted coronavirus restrictions in a further boost to the world’s second-biggest economy.

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Tokyo protests to China over its ships entering Japanese waters

Saturday, October 17, 2020 Comments Off on Tokyo protests to China over its ships entering Japanese waters

Tokyo has lodged protests to Beijing over the entry of Chinese coast guard ships into Japan’s territorial waters off disputed East China Sea islands and their refusal to move out for a third day Tuesday, Japanese officials said.

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India to stop sponsoring Daesh

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 Comments Off on India to stop sponsoring Daesh

I have been consistently advocating, authoring, and warning the world about the expansion of Daesh and its misuse in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and other South Asian Countries. In 2014, Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval had visited Iraq and met with Daesh head to create working relationships with Daesh and also met with the […]

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North Korea’s massive new missile could help Iran threaten Israel

Monday, October 12, 2020 Comments Off on North Korea’s massive new missile could help Iran threaten Israel

North Korea’s military parade and its arsenal, along with Iran’s progress on missile technology, illustrate how these countries have achieved success in the last decade.

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North Korea unveils ‘monster’ new intercontinental ballistic missile

Monday, October 12, 2020 Comments Off on North Korea unveils ‘monster’ new intercontinental ballistic missile

North Korea unveiled previously unseen intercontinental ballistic missiles, and possibly one of the largest road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles in the world.

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Japan, Australia, India discuss regional security

Saturday, October 10, 2020 Comments Off on Japan, Australia, India discuss regional security

Japan and Australia on Wednesday discussed what Tokyo termed their special, strategic partnership, agreeing to broaden security measures and deepen cooperation in the face of “changing” regional conditions.

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Pompeo uses Tokyo visit to slam China, seek Asian allies’ support

Friday, October 9, 2020 Comments Off on Pompeo uses Tokyo visit to slam China, seek Asian allies’ support

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Japan on Tuesday to rally support from Washington’s closest allies in Asia, calling for deeper collaboration with Japan, India and Australia as a bulwark against China’s growing regional influence.

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Japan, U.S. to begin talks on host nation support, possibly this week

Thursday, October 8, 2020 Comments Off on Japan, U.S. to begin talks on host nation support, possibly this week

Japan and the United States will begin negotiations as early as this week on a cost-sharing agreement for hosting American troops in the Asian country, diplomatic sources said, with Washington expected to pressure Tokyo to significantly increase its contribution.

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Amid a Diplomatic Spat with Saudi Arabia, Pakistan Rethinks Its Foreign Policy

Thursday, October 8, 2020 Comments Off on Amid a Diplomatic Spat with Saudi Arabia, Pakistan Rethinks Its Foreign Policy

The historically close relationship between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia hit a snag recently over differences in how to address India’s decision last year to revoke the special autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir, a Muslim-majority state that is also claimed by Pakistan.

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U.S., Australia, India foreign ministers to meet in Japan next week

Thursday, October 1, 2020 Comments Off on U.S., Australia, India foreign ministers to meet in Japan next week

Top diplomats from the U.S., Australia and India plan to gather in Tokyo next week to discuss their common regional concerns, such as China’s increasingly assertive actions, in the first face-to-face ministerial meetings Japan will host since the coronavirus pandemic began.

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Can Pakistan Reboot Its ‘Belt and Road’ Partnership With China?

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 Comments Off on Can Pakistan Reboot Its ‘Belt and Road’ Partnership With China?

After a series of setbacks, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a multibillion-dollar assortment of infrastructure projects that constitutes the Pakistani component of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, is poised for a resurgence.

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DOD Anticipates Significant Troop Reduction in Afghanistan

Saturday, September 26, 2020 Comments Off on DOD Anticipates Significant Troop Reduction in Afghanistan

Based on the current conditions in Afghanistan, the Defense Department expects there will be fewer than 5,000 U.S. military service members in that country by the end of November, said David F. Helvey, who is currently performing the duties of assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs.

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China Releases Details on Its Own Unreliable Entity List

Saturday, September 26, 2020 Comments Off on China Releases Details on Its Own Unreliable Entity List

China’s Ministry of Commerce has released long-awaited provisions on its “unreliable entity list,” in a move seen as a countermeasure to similar actions taken by Washington.

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China-US tensions: video of PLA ‘attack’ on Pacific airbase uses footage from Hollywood movies

Saturday, September 26, 2020 Comments Off on China-US tensions: video of PLA ‘attack’ on Pacific airbase uses footage from Hollywood movies

China’s latest military propaganda film appears to show, once again, that the People’s Liberation Army’s publicity team has a passion for Hollywood blockbuster action movies.

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Police using facial images from surveillance cameras and social media in criminal probes

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Comments Off on Police using facial images from surveillance cameras and social media in criminal probes

Japanese police have been using a system to find whether facial images from surveillance cameras and social media can be matched with database images of people who have been arrested in the past, police officials said, a move that could raise concerns about privacy violations.

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Assessing China and Russia’s Moves in the Middle East

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Comments Off on Assessing China and Russia’s Moves in the Middle East

Recent news that China and Iran are close to finalizing an economic and security partnership, initially proposed by Beijing in January 2016, has renewed anxieties among some U.S. observers that Washington is gradually ceding the Middle East to its principal strategic competitor. Commenters raised similar concerns after the January 2020 assassination of Islamic Revolutionary Guard […]

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If China loses a future war, entropy could be imminent

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Comments Off on If China loses a future war, entropy could be imminent

What happens if China engages in a great power conflict and loses? Will the Chinese Communist Party’s control over the society survive a horrifying defeat?

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China starts military drill as US diplomat arrives in Taiwan

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Comments Off on China starts military drill as US diplomat arrives in Taiwan

China started a military exercise near the Taiwan Strait on Friday, in a new warning to the United States and pro-independence forces in Taiwan to coincide with a visit to the self-ruled island of a senior US diplomat.

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Pacific Air Forces Chief Mum on Reports US Plane Disguised Itself to Spy on China

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Comments Off on Pacific Air Forces Chief Mum on Reports US Plane Disguised Itself to Spy on China

A top Air Force leader in the Pacific refused to confirm or deny recent reports that a U.S. aircraft disguised itself as a Malaysian plane, allegedly “spoofing” a transponder signal to spy on Chinese military activities. But he said the U.S. didn’t break any rules.

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China air force plays up J-20 stealth strength as Taiwan tensions brew

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Comments Off on China air force plays up J-20 stealth strength as Taiwan tensions brew

The Chinese military has highlighted advances in stealth jet technology as tensions rise with Taiwan, reporting record results in a simulated combat exercise.

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Bangladesh’s Long Road Ahead in Countering Terrorist Fundraising

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Comments Off on Bangladesh’s Long Road Ahead in Countering Terrorist Fundraising

In early May, a Spanish court sentenced a British citizen of Bangladeshi origin to seven years in prison for financing and supporting terrorism. The convict, Ataul Haque, brother of the head of Islamic State’s technological wing (killed in a targeted U.S. drone strike in Syria in 2015), had reportedly sent 47,000 euros from Spain to […]

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Chinese Nuke Arsenal Next on Beijing’s ‘To-Do’ List, US Commander Warns

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Comments Off on Chinese Nuke Arsenal Next on Beijing’s ‘To-Do’ List, US Commander Warns

The commander in charge of the U.S. military’s nuclear arsenal has warned that increasing China’s nuclear stockpile is “next” on Beijing’s “to-do list.”

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Will China upgrade its destroyers with ‘carrier killer’ missiles?

Monday, September 21, 2020 Comments Off on Will China upgrade its destroyers with ‘carrier killer’ missiles?

China’s Type 055 guided-missile destroyers have the potential to be refitted with “aircraft carrier killer” missiles but the weapons would have to be lighter and smaller than existing land-based technology, observers said.

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Warring Afghans meet to find peace after decades of war

Monday, September 21, 2020 Comments Off on Warring Afghans meet to find peace after decades of war

Afghanistan’s warring sides started negotiations for the first time, bringing together the Taliban and delegates appointed by the Afghan government Saturday for historic meetings aimed at ending decades of war.

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James Carafano: In Afghan-Taliban peace talks, here’s message Pompeo needs to give

Monday, September 21, 2020 Comments Off on James Carafano: In Afghan-Taliban peace talks, here’s message Pompeo needs to give

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Qatar Saturday for the opening of peace talks there between the Taliban and the Afghan government. Hopefully, the Taliban have figured out by now that these talks are not simply a face-saving exercise for the U.S. to exit South Asia. If they haven’t, Pompeo ought to make that […]

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The Road to Peace In Afghanistan no Longer Runs Through Pakistan

Monday, September 21, 2020 Comments Off on The Road to Peace In Afghanistan no Longer Runs Through Pakistan

Toward the end of August, a delegation from the Afghan Taliban led by the group’s deputy, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, travelled to Islamabad. There, they met with Pakistan’s foreign minister and head of its Inter-Services Intelligence, the military’s intelligence wing. The first gathering, held at Pakistan’s Foreign Office, was meant to give boost to an […]

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Chinese military calls US biggest threat to world peace

Monday, September 21, 2020 Comments Off on Chinese military calls US biggest threat to world peace

China’s Defense Ministry on Sunday blasted a critical U.S. report on the country’s military ambitions, saying it is the U.S. instead that poses the biggest threat to the international order and world peace.

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US Air Force flies B-1 Lancer bombers over East Siberian Sea

Monday, September 21, 2020 Comments Off on US Air Force flies B-1 Lancer bombers over East Siberian Sea

The U.S. Air Force flew three B-1 heavy bombers over the East Siberian Sea, north of Russia’s far east, as part of a series of recent maneuvers that the military said Friday are meant to demonstrate American capabilities and ability to support allies, but which a top Russian commander blasted as “hostile and provocative.”

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Pakistan needs a new policy for the Middle East to tackle the new realities

Monday, September 14, 2020 Comments Off on Pakistan needs a new policy for the Middle East to tackle the new realities

The rapidly shifting geopolitical realities, especially the current circumstances in South Asia, behove Pakistan to treat the Kashmir issue as its top priority; thankfully, Islamabad is doing that. The recent statement by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi concerning the establishment of an alternative Muslim bloc to deal with the Kashmir issue — in the face […]

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Japan to Develop New Missile Defence Plan After Abandoning Aegis Ashore Systems, Abe Says

Monday, September 14, 2020 Comments Off on Japan to Develop New Missile Defence Plan After Abandoning Aegis Ashore Systems, Abe Says

The Japanese government will develop a new plan for its missile defence systems by the end of the current year, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday, in the wake of Tokyo’s decision in June to abandon the deployment of two US-made Aegis Ashore systems.

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India, Israel And The Arab States

Saturday, September 12, 2020 Comments Off on India, Israel And The Arab States

The president of US Donald Trump is of course too much meant to be busy for the November 2020 elections, and despite the stand-off with China on many fronts, particularly in South China Sea, will not be able to ‘look-that-hard’ into with China until the elections are over, which is not ‘that much’ to India’s […]

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U.S. – China Trade War Phase One Negotiations: What to Expect

Thursday, September 10, 2020 Comments Off on U.S. – China Trade War Phase One Negotiations: What to Expect

Phase one trade negotiations between the United States and China recently started at the end of August amid heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing.

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