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Postby A_Gupta » 25 Aug 2015 19:30

http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/sin ... 52594.html
Singapore to hold snap election on September 11
Singapore will hold a snap general election on September 11, officials said Tuesday as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong seeks a new mandate from voters worried over immigration and the high cost of living.

Despite a slowing economy the People`s Action Party (PAP), which has ruled for more than 50 years thanks to strict political controls and Singaporeans` rising affluence, is expected to keep its overwhelming majority in parliament against a fragmented opposition.



But the party will be under pressure to improve on its electoral performance in 2011, when it won just 60 percent of votes cast -- its lowest-ever share -- despite retaining 80 of the 87 seats in a block-voting system.

It will be the first election without the prime minister`s hugely influential father, independence leader Lee Kuan Yew, who died in March.

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Postby A_Gupta » 29 Aug 2015 07:06

Singapore’s Chinese entrepreneurs may lead the next wave of investments in India, experts say
http://yourstory.com/2015/08/singapores ... nts-india/
There is a need to change the perception of India being a “difficult market” for Singaporean Chinese entrepreneurs who could lead the next wave of the city state’s investments in India, a top executive of India’s leading asset management firm has said. “We need a genuine Singaporean Chinese entrepreneur to come and succeed in India and be a role model for Singapore’s private sector investors including the small and medium enterprises”, Managing Director of UTI Asset Management Company Ltd Leo Puri told PTI.

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Postby A_Gupta » 29 Aug 2015 07:10

"Malaysia’s IHH buys India’s Global Hospitals for $195 million

IHH will inject 169 million ringgit into the Global Hospitals to fund its capital expenditure requirements and optimise its cost of borrowing "

http://www.livemint.com/Companies/3AljA ... illio.html

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Postby A_Gupta » 29 Aug 2015 07:30

Lord Krishna temple opens in Malaysia
http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index ... sia-173094
Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple of Devotion & Understanding opens in Seberang Jaya, (Penang, Malaysia) on August 29.First of its kind in Malaysia, this about 10 million Malaysian Ringgit octagonal-shaped multi-storey unique temple established by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has 16 chatris, was designed after two well-known temples in India and its decorations were undertaken by artisans from India.

Besides worship services, this temple also proposes to instruct devotees on yoga, chanting, spirituality, etc.; run an education center; provide free vegetarian food and include a Srila Prabhupada Gallery. Its Mandala-Abhishegam Ubhayam will be held from August 30 till October 16, reports suggest.

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Postby A_Gupta » 29 Aug 2015 07:39

Rohingya inmates in India await clarity on repatriation
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/new ... 714551.cms
The fate of prisoners in West Bengal and other states belonging to Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya community remains uncertain since Myanmar does not feature in the list of 35 countries with which India has signed repatriation treaties.

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Postby A_Gupta » 30 Aug 2015 22:15

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1537065
Indian president sends National Day greetings to Malaysia

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Postby A_Gupta » 31 Aug 2015 17:07

http://www.siliconindia.com/news/genera ... cid-1.html
YANGON: The Myawaddy-Thinggan Nyenaung-Kawkareik section of the Asian highway linking India, Myanmar and Thailand has been put into service, the media reported.

Myanmar Vice President U Nyan Tun, Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak and Chairman of the Kayin National Union General Saw Mutu Sae Po attended an inaugural ceremony of the service on Sunday, Xinhua reported.

With the 25.6-km-long section becoming operational, travel time between Thinggan Nyenaung and Kawkareik will be reduced from three hours to 45 minutes.

The construction of the Asian highway section started in 2012 with the assistance of Thailand.

The Asian highway runs from Moreh in India to Thailand's Maesot via Myanmar's Tamu, Mandalay and Myawaddy.

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Postby A_Gupta » 06 Sep 2015 07:51

About the India-Myanmar-Thailand highway:
http://www.businesstoday.in/sectors/inf ... 23410.html

With the section in the newsitem above this one:

The section is part of a trilateral highway that will connect Moreh in Manipur (India) to Thailand's Maesot, via Myanmar's Tamu, Mandalay and Myawaddy.
The highway is part of East-West economic corridor of the Greater Mekong Subregion.
The Myawaddy-Thinggan Nyenaung-Kawkareik section is 25.6 km long.
Travel time between Thinggan Nyenaung and Kawkareik will be reduced from three hours to 45 minutes.
The construction of the section started in 2012 with the assistance of Thailand.
A cornerstone laying ceremony was held at Myawaddy on Sunday for the building of Myanmar-Thailand Friendship Bridge No.2 to link Thailand's Maesot with Myanmar's Myawaddy.
India and Myanmar have been discussing starting a bus service between Imphal, Manipur and Mandalay.

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Postby A_Gupta » 06 Sep 2015 07:52

More ASEAN connectivity:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city ... 834198.cms
"Now, flights from Goa to Malaysia, ASEAN countries"

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Postby A_Gupta » 07 Sep 2015 18:02

http://www.thehindu.com/news/internatio ... 625581.ece
"India, Thailand to strengthen bilateral defence ties"

The Thai side expressed keen interest in the area of development of defence equipment and also for higher level of military to military exchange.

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Postby JE Menon » 07 Sep 2015 18:10

Ticker on NDTV - two Indians arrested in connection with the Erawan shrine blast.

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Postby A_Gupta » 07 Sep 2015 18:10

The Bangkok Post reports:
Two Indians detained in Erawan bombing case
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general ... mbing-case

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Postby niran » 17 Sep 2015 18:08

A_Gupta wrote:The Bangkok Post reports:
Two Indians detained in Erawan bombing case
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general ... mbing-case

they were questioned and released.

now
Warrant out for Pakistani man

he is considered as the mastermind.

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Postby A_Gupta » 18 Sep 2015 03:00

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/ ... ral-trade/
Cambodia visit: Hamid Ansari calls for efforts to boost bilateral trade
Cambodian Deputy PM Sok An urged Ansari to get Bollywood to shoot in Cambodia and reiterated the demand for a direct flight between the countries.
As he arrived in the Cambodian capital Tuesday evening on a four-day official visit to Cambodia and Lao PDR, India Vice-President Hamid Ansari spoke about the ancient linkages between the two countries and the need to realise the full potential of this relationship. On Wednesday, India moved closer to that aim with the Vice-President holding wide-ranging talks with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

The two countries signed two MoUs— one on tourism, the other an umbrella agreement on quick impact projects on infrastructure, health and women empowerment. Ansari also conveyed to Sen the decision of the Indian government to support several projects under the Mekong Ganga Cooperation.

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Postby A_Gupta » 22 Sep 2015 19:56

Countering the global slowdown in trade:
"Bilateral trade between Thailand, India likely to reach $12 billion"
http://www.dnaindia.com/money/report-bi ... on-2127716
The bilateral trade between Thailand and India is expected to touch $12 billion during the current year, Somsak Triamjangarun, Consul General of the Royal Thai Consulate General said on Tuesday.

"The Bilateral trade between Thailand and India reached $8 billion in 2014 and is forecast at $12 billion this year. Thailand had a trade surplus with India of $2 billion last year," Triamjangarun said in an interactive meeting organised by the Federation of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FTAPCCI).

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Postby parikh » 29 Sep 2015 11:53

Post apocalyptic scenario in this part of the world , due to haze , visibility is down to few meters on bad days , have not seen the sun or moon in 2 weeks. Indonesians are bent on burning down all their forests and their government is a joke.

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Postby arun » 11 Oct 2015 09:32

X Posted from the “Bangladesh News and Discussion” thread.

Back in 2009 on page 17 of this thread (Clicky) I posted this:

arun wrote:Bangladesh has belatedly realised that their insistence that the Asian Highway directly connect Myanmar to Bangladesh via Cox Bazar - Teknaf, in the process bypassing India’s North East, will simply instead result in the Asian Highway bypassing Bangladesh altogether :rotfl: .

Bangaldesh has stepped off its hobby horse and fallen in line with the routing via Tamabil which both enters and exits Bangladesh from India.

So much for Bangaldesh’s pipedreams that India will permit them to be the self appointed thekadar of India’s eastward lines of communication:

Friday, May 22, 2009

Asian Highway Network : Alternative route bid abandoned

Govt decides to get connected as per original UN-Escap plan

Staff Correspondent

Abandoning the country's previously proposed routes, the government decided to connect Bangladesh to the Asian Highway Network (AHN) accepting routes proposed by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-Escap). ………………

The proposed routes are Benapole-Jessore-Kanchpur-Dhaka-Sylhet-Tamabil (AH1), Banglabandha-Hatikamrul-Dhaka-Kanchpur-Sylhet-Tamabil (AH2) and Dhaka-Kanchpur-Chittagong-Cox's Bazar-Teknaf-Myanmar border (AH-41). The third route is a sub-regional one. ………………..

The main reason behind Dhaka's reluctance to join the Asian Highway club is its reservations about giving transit to India.

Bangladesh had said the first two routes proposed by the UN-Escap enter Bangladesh from India and exits to India. Bangladesh has been pressing for Dhaka-Chittagong-Cox's Bazar-Teknaf route. A number of moves in this regard proved futile as Dhaka failed to convince UN-Escap. …………….

Daily Star


Matter now is on the verge of fruition. Highway from Moreh in India, via Myanmar towns of Tamu, Mandalay and Myawaddy, to Mae Sot in Thailand is to be completed in November.

Bangladesh that was trying to finger India by acting as a pricey Thekedaar on transit rights has been cut to size :

India-Thailand highway to close Asian infrastructure gap

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Postby A_Gupta » 15 Oct 2015 23:29

Malaysia Proposes to Invest $30 Billion in India
http://profit.ndtv.com/news/economy/art ... ia-1232720
New Delhi: Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) of Malaysia has proposed to invest $30 billion in urban development and housing projects in India.

Redevelopment of New Delhi Railway Station adjoining area as a mini-smart city is proposed to be taken up with an investment of about $24 billion, an official statement released here said.

CIDB also proposed to take up a Green City Project at Garhmukhteshwar in Uttar Pradesh, involving housing and Ganga cleaning projects, with an investment of about $4 billion.

National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) of the Ministry of Urban Development will be associated with these projects, it stated.

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Postby A_Gupta » 18 Oct 2015 21:29

http://www.pc-tablet.co.in/2015/10/18/1 ... ddecember/
PSLV has become the most trusted ISRO rocket and has launched both Indian and foreign satellites successfully. It will once again launch six satellites of Singapore by mid-December 2015 including a 500 kilograms earth observation satellite. The satellite will be placed in a near equatorial orbit, inclined 15 degrees lower to the south of the equator.

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Postby A_Gupta » 21 Oct 2015 18:44

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/ind ... 481834.cms
Malaysia plans to recruit trained English teachers from India soon to help improve the competency levels of local teachers in schools in rural areas, Education Minister P Kamalanathan has said.

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Postby A_Gupta » 09 Dec 2015 21:14

"Union Cabinet approved MoU between India and Indonesia for renewable energy cooperation"
http://www.business-standard.com/articl ... 307_1.html

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Postby A_Gupta » 10 Dec 2015 18:28

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/3/cc929732 ... z3tvUD97bW
"Creation of economic community forges new Asean era"

If there was an award for the most polite regional grouping in the world, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) would be a perennial favourite to win. So observant are its 10 members of consensus and non-interference in each other’s affairs that critics say the group abides by an unwritten code of NATO (No Action, Talk Only).

But after 13 years of discussion, Asean is set to embark upon a new chapter in its 48-year history. On December 31, the organisation is set establish the Asean Economic Community (AEC), obliging its members to forge a single market and production base that permits an increasingly free flow of services, investment, skilled labour and capital.

Significant hopes attend the AEC’s formation. Asean’s performance in recent years has fallen well behind the region’s undoubted potential. Not only has intra-Asean trade contracted each month since July last year, it has also underperformed global trade since June 2013 (see chart).

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Postby A_Gupta » 22 Dec 2015 11:15

The Times of India reports:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/worl ... 277106.cms

The Islamic State group is working to boost its presence in Indonesia with dreams of creating a "distant caliphate" in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, Australia warned on Tuesday.

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Postby A_Gupta » 29 Dec 2015 20:21

http://www.thestar.com.my/business/busi ... ?style=biz
"M’sian consortium to invest RM1.55bil in regasification project in India "
KUALA LUMPUR: Isomeric Holdings Sdn Bhd will be the controlling shareholder in a RM2.1bil regasification and floating storage terminal project with associated facilities in Krishnapatnam Port, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Chief executive officer Sadacharamani Govindasamy said the project would be developed by a special-purpose vehicle (SPV), Petrogas Pvt Ltd, a partnership between the Malaysian consortium (74%) and Andhra Pradesh-based LEPL Renergy Pvt Ltd (26%).

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Postby A_Gupta » 07 Jan 2016 18:37

http://www.business-standard.com/articl ... 824_1.html
2017 is the 70th anniversary of India-Thailand friendship.

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Postby A_Gupta » 07 Jan 2016 18:44

Analysis:
India–Myanmar–Thailand Trilateral Highway: An Investment Opportunity in the Making -
http://www.india-briefing.com/news/indi ... 1535.html/
The India–Myanmar–Thailand Trilateral Highway is an ambitious project of 1990 miles (3200 km) that will connect India with the ASEAN region. The highway will link Moreh in Manipur state (India), via Mandalay city (Myanmar) and to Mae Sot district (Thailand). It is a part of India’s upgraded “Act East” policy, which seeks to strategically build India’s link with the Southeast Asian region. The project comes off the heels of the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal Motor Vehicle (BBIN MV) Agreement, signed in June 2015, and the proposed India–ASEAN trade center.

Under the Trilateral Highway project, about 48.4 miles (78 km) of new roads will be constructed, and the existing 248.5 miles (400 km) of roads will be upgraded along with the construction of all–weather approach lanes. In Phase 1, India will assume the responsibility of 48.4 miles (78 km) of missing links, upgrade 36 miles (58 km) of existing roads, and possibly improve a further 82 miles (132 km) of road. Thailand will upgrade a total of 119.3 miles (192 km) of road under this phase and will take up another 62 miles (100 km) under Phase 2. India’s Border Roads Organization (BRO) has already upgraded the Tamu–Kalewa–Kalemyo road (TKK) in Myanmar, and the Indian government is responsible for its maintenance. The Trilateral Highway project will be completed by 2018.

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Postby A_Gupta » 12 Jan 2016 19:02

http://www.ddinews.gov.in/Business/Busi ... merce.aspx
3rd India Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam business conclave
The 3rd India Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam business conclave was organised by CII and Commerce Ministry at Maamallapuram near Chennai.


Addressing the gathering there, Union minister of state for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman said the Modi govt has moved from look east to act east policy.

Towards achieving that end, India is investing in improving physical connectivity, especially highways via North East linking South East Asia with CLMV countries.

The Union minister said the govt is committed to trilateral highway project focusing on improving direct sea and air link with these countries.

The commerce ministry comes up with a proposal to set up project development fund to hand hold the establishment of India's manufacturing unit in CLMV countries.

The proposal is likely to reach the cabinet in a month time.

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Postby A_Gupta » 04 Feb 2016 02:25

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/indi ... 839170.cms
India, Thailand have laid roadmap for boosting ties, Hamid Ansari says
BANGKOK: India and Thailand on Wednesday laid a roadmap for further strengthening bilateral ties including in defence as the two countries expressed their shared interest in securing international sea lanes, amid flexing of muscles by China in the South China Sea.

Hamid Ansari, who flew into this southeast Asian country as the first by an Indian Vice-President in half a century, held talks with Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and said he sees a "very promising future for our bilateral relation".

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Postby habal » 07 Feb 2016 08:28

some caucasian on taiwan metro faces racism for hanging around with a taiwanese girlfriend. Eye-opening for those not exposed to east-asian or specifically taiwanese attitude towards 'foreigners'?

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Postby Philip » 09 Feb 2016 13:30

Though strictly this should appear in the Eco td.,it's worth posting here as the global eco woes is going to have a cascading effect on Asian/ASEAN/Indian economies with a recessiion staring at us in the face down the gun barrel. There's going to be scant moolah for ultra-expensive firang toys like the Rafale and unless the economies of Asia and Asean get together to work out a framework to reduce the impact on their economies,as usual,the sh*t will hit the developing world first with the rich bankers of the west getting away scot free.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/busin ... 62326.html
Asian stocks in turmoil amid heightened fears of new global recession
Japan's Nikkei plummeted more than 950 points on Tuesday

Hazel Sheffield

Global markets remain volatile AP
Asian markets sunk on Tuesday after European bank stocks sent investors running to so-called safe haven assets.

Japanese stock market the Nikkei dropped 5.4 per cent with investors choosing instead to park their money in gold, which surged to its highest value since June.

The yen surged to its highest in 15 months, prompting Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso to warn that its rise was “rough”.

“The combination of concerns that the United States could be heading toward a recession and the global stock sell-off is curbing risk appetite and is sending investors to the safe-haven yen,” Takuya Takahashi, senior strategist at Daiwa Securities, told Kyodo News.

This article will be updated shortly


PS:Someone told me yesterday not to take any major decisions on Tuesday as the day was very inauspicious,boy was he right!

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Postby SSridhar » 18 Feb 2016 18:30

A_Gupta wrote:http://www.ddinews.gov.in/Business/Business%20-%20Headlines/Pages/GovtIndiacommerce.aspx
3rd India Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam business conclave
Addressing the gathering there, Union minister of state for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman said the Modi govt has moved from look east to act east policy.

We have talked too much on connectivity and Act East. Now, it is time to deliver.

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Postby A_Gupta » 07 Apr 2016 17:39

http://www.thestatesman.com/news/latest ... 34973.html
Asean-Northeast Business Summit opens
The first business summit of the Asean with India's northeastern region opened here on Thursday with its focus on road connectivity, trade and tourism.

The three-day summit has been organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce. About 140 representatives, including from the Asean, are taking part.

Read more at http://www.thestatesman.com/news/latest ... 2uPmEzZ.99

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Postby ricky_v » 22 Aug 2016 23:06

dunno if this is supposed to be taken seriously, but this guy is either showing a lot of ba**s in public (which isn't polite) or he is just pandering to the masses that the big orgs are tying their nation down... take your pick
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3751376/Philippines-President-Rodrigo-Duterte-threatens-leave-human-rights-experts-call-killings-drug-traffickers-stop-death-toll-rises-1-500.html
President Rodrigo Duterte, 71, said the country could leave the UN after he criticised the organisation when it called for an end for the killings of drug traffickers.Around 1,800 suspected drug traffickers have been killed since he came to power after winning the election on May 9.

Criticising the U.N. for not doing enough to address hunger and terrorism and for not being able to do anything about Syria and Iraq and allowing big powers to bomb villages and kill innocent civilians, he said he would invite China and African nations to form another global organisation

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Postby SSridhar » 23 Aug 2016 13:44

The Philippine FM said yesterday that the President has spoken more in disappointment than with any real intention of leaving the UN. He is angry that the UNHRC is trying to probe summary execution of drug lords, dealers etc, in which he is directly implied.

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Postby habal » 23 Aug 2016 13:58

Is UN fronting for western agencies who have vested interests in drug trade ??

this again looks like sudden eruption of deep concern oozing out of every pore in bbc/cnn for welfare of denizens of the city of hospitals. And ofcourse children in maternity wards .. in a warzone no less.

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Postby g.sarkar » 01 Sep 2016 08:15

http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/2044
Vietnam: Indian Prime Minister Modi’s Significant Visit September 2016
23-Aug-2016
By Dr Subhash Kapila
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modis’ scheduled visit to Vietnam is significantly well-timed strategically and politically besides reinforcing the time-honoured Vietnam-India Strategic Partnership and making-up for the lack of an Indian Prime Ministerial visit during last 15 years.
Regrettable is the fact that India’s Congress Prime Minister from 2004-14, Dr Manmohan Singh for ten long years could not find time to visit Vietnam and honour the spirit of the Vietnam-India Strategic Partnership, with which this was found. Obviously, what seems to have been in play was India then being overly sensitive to as to what would China think and read of such a visit?
Contextually, Prime Minister Modi’s visit needs to be viewed against the backdrop of The Hague International Tribunal’s recent ruling negating China’s claims to sovereignty over the South China Sea, China vehemently opposing India’s admittance in the Nuclear Suppliers Group, China vetoing the UN resolution to declare Pakistani terrorist leader Masood Azhar as an international terrorist and China’s dismissive stance on India’s objections to routing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir legally under Indian sovereignty.
Contextually again, Prime Minister Modi’s Vietnam visit on September 3rd precedes his arrival in China the next day for the G-20 Summit. The contrast is stark in that in Vietnam the Indian Prime Minister will be welcomed as a valuable and honoured friend. In China the Indian Prime Minister would be conscious of the fact that it was only few weeks before that the Chinese President had rebuffed Prime Minister Modi’s personal outreach for China’s support on the NSG issue.
Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Vietnam on September 03, 2016 emerges as strategically and politically significant for two major reasons. My earlier Papers on Vietnam in the last fifteen years have consistently highlighted how high Vietnam should figure in India’s strategic calculus and does not merit repetition again. What does need emphasis in 2016 is that Vietnam has regained its ‘pivotal strategic significance’ in the strategic calculations of the United States and Japan in relation to China’s unremitting aggression in the South China Sea maritime expanse which is globally viewed as “global commons”.
Asian security today depends heavily on strategic convergences between the United States, Japan and India to counter China’s threatening military rise and propensity for dangerous and explosive military brinkmanship visible from India’s High Himalayas to the South China Sea. With US President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Abe having already visited Vietnam in recent times showing their implicit support to Vietnam bravely confronting China’s aggression in the South China Sea, the Indian Prime Minister’s visit to Vietnam was long overdue......
Gautam

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Postby SSridhar » 03 Sep 2016 12:38

India extends $500 million credit line to Vietnam to help it strengthen its defence - Shailaja Neelakantan, ToI
Even as Vietnam continues to be at odds with neighbour China over the South China Sea issue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that New Delhi will give Hanoi a line of credit of $500 million to help shore up its defences.

"We recognized the need to cooperate in responding to emerging regional challenges. As two important countries in this region, we also feel it necessary to further our ties on regional and international issues of common concern," PM Modi said.

The line of credit is just one of a dozen agreements India and Vietnam signed in Hanoi during Modi's state visit. Most of the agreements are to do with deepening the two countries' defence and security engagement, both economically and geopolitically.

Vietnam is in the midst of a major military buildup that analysts say is a deterrent, as neighboring China grows more assertive in staking its rival claims in the South China Sea.

Although Modi didn't mention the South China Sea issue, his statement's focus on regional challenges signalled a recognition of the regional fallout of the dispute at a time when both India and China are competing for maritime supremacy.

On Friday, a day before PM Modi and Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc signed the dozen agreements, India's ambassador to Beijing also referenced the South China Sea dispute.

"We believe that UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) represents the foundational aspect of international law on seas and oceans, and we call on all parties to respect UNCLOS," said P Harish, India's ambassador to Vietnam.

On Saturday, PM Modi was accorded a ceremonial welcome in front of the majestic Presidential palace. He is the first Indian PM to visit the communist nation in 15 years.

Modi flew in to Hanoi Friday night for a day long packed visit to Vietnam. He leaves Saturday evening for the G20 talks in China.

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Re: India and ASEAN / East Asia

Postby habal » 05 Sep 2016 21:05

"Who Is He To Confront Me?" - Philippines President Unloads On "Son Of A Bitch" Barack Obama
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-09-0 ... rack-obama

well, sir the name of that bitch is Stanley Ann Dunham, kindly direct your queries there.

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Postby Singha » 05 Sep 2016 21:56

Funny..its on cnn now. P used to be pliable lackey but times change

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Re: India and ASEAN / East Asia

Postby ramana » 06 Sep 2016 22:23

I think this will drive Philippines to settle with China on the SCS dispute.
Besides US should first stop police killing of whites(2x) and blacks(1x) on streets without due process before talking about human rights.
Also what about human rights of gullible, helpless people to whom the drug peddlers sell their wares?


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