(BEIJING/MOSCOW) Zapad/Interaction2021 Report: China & Russia Begin 5-Day ‘War Games’ today Monday as China appoints new military commander in restive Xiajing to oversee massive military buildup on borders of Asia #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.09: On Monday, Russian and Chinese forces will start their 5-day joint military drill, dubbed the Zapad/Interaction 2021, with the aim of enhancing security in Central Asia. The exercise which will be held in China’s northern Chinese Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and will involve around 10,000 troops. Aircraft, artillery and other armored equipment will also be used during the drills.

#AceDailyNews says recently both countries released a joint statement regarding the exercise saying its with the aim to enhance security in Central Asia having just appointed a new military commander on the border

https://southfront.org/defender-europe-vs-zapad-2021-season-of-war-games-in-europe/

Russia and China joint statement.

The exercise is aimed to consolidate and develop the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination in the new era, deepen the practical cooperation and traditional friendship between the two militaries, and further demonstrate the two sides’ resolve and capability to fight against terrorist forces and jointly safeguard regional peace and security.

Both countries want to ensure stability of Central Asia, since after the withdrawal of US and NATO troops after two decades in the country. In recent months, the Taliban gained huge swathes of land in Afghanistan. The Taliban managed to capture strategically significant border crossings and supply routes. The terror group also captured infrastructure related to mineral extract operations. Both China and Russia, that rely on regional trade routes, particularly for oil and natural gas imports, worry that Afghanistan’s may spill over into other countries in Central Asia. Russia, in fact, also conducted military drills with other Central Asian countriesrecently in an attempt to bolster military cooperation between Central Asian countries.

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2021, file photo, Chinese soldiers rally while training in -20 degrees Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit) conditions in Kashgar in northwestern China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. China appointed on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021 a new military commander in restive Xinjiang where authorities have locked up more than a million members of Muslim minorities in what they call a bid to curb terrorism and radicalism. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

FILE – In this Jan. 4, 2021, file photo, Chinese soldiers rally while training in -20 degrees Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit) conditions in Kashgar in northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. China appointed on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021 a new military commander in restive Xinjiang where authorities have locked up more than a million members of Muslim minorities in what they call a bid to curb terrorism and radicalism. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

China Appoints New Military Commander in Restive Xinjiang

BEIJING (AP) — China has appointed a new military commander in restive Xinjiang where authorities have locked up more than a million members of Muslim minorities in what they call a bid to curb terrorism and radicalism.

Lt. Gen. Wang Haijiang will oversee a massive military presence in the sprawling northwestern region that borders on several unstable Central Asian states, along with Pakistan and Afghanistan, from which U.S. troops are withdrawing.

Like Xinjiang’s hardline Communist Party chief Chen Quanguo, Wang previously served in Tibet, which also hosts large numbers of troops to suppress anti-government sentiment among the native Tibetan population and guard the disputed border with India, where the two nations had a deadly clash last year.

Wang’s unannounced appointment was revealed on the Xinjiang Military District’s social media feed showing him presiding at a retirement ceremony for senior officers on Wednesday.

Wang saw combat during a border war with Vietnam in the early 1980s and served in an elite People’s Liberation Army unit, according to state media reports.

The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan is a particular concern for Beijing, which fears a resurgence of militant Islam along its border.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi last week hosted a delegation from the Taliban, which has been making rapid territorial gains in Afghanistan and is currently engaged in battles for major cities.

Wang told the officials that China hopes the Taliban will focus on peace talks and work for unity among all factions and ethnic groups.

He also said China hopes the Taliban will “deal resolutely” with the East Turkistan Islamic Movement, a group China claims is leading a push for independence in Xinjiang.

Unconfirmed reports say several hundred fighters allied with the ETIM are present in northeastern Afghanistan, although many experts doubt the group even exists in any operational form.

Source: Religion News Service/ WhatsNowNews/China Media/AP/

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Aug.09: 2021:

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(WORLDWIDE) #Coronavirus Report: #Delta variant has been identified in at least 132 countries worldwide, according to WHO #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Aug.04: The Delta variant is contributing to a rapid rise in #COVID19 cases in parts of Asia causing a severe strain on health infrastructure in some countries.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says Delta Variant: So which Asian countries are seeing rising cases? Here’s a reality check on these countries ? God Help Those In Need Amen 🙏’s

By Reality Check team
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Citizens in Malaysia protested in front of fake corpses to symbolise high number of deaths
Citizens in Malaysia protest in front of fake corpses to symbolise high number of deaths

Vaccinations rates are relatively low in many Asian countries, leading to fears the virus will continue to spread.

What has happened to case numbers?

It has been described as the “most transmissible of the variants identified so far” by the WHO. 

In Asia, a number of countries, including some which were relatively successful in containing the coronavirus last year, have seen sharply rising cases.

China is seeing a fresh outbreak in some provinces, the largest in the country for some months.

And Japan, currently hosting the Olympics, is in the midst of a dramatic increase in case numbers……..But Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam have also all been experiencing sharp increases.

Malaysia: Has now become one of the hotspots in Asia, and saw a record of 17,786 new cases on 31 July and daily deaths at a record high of 219 on 2 August.The country has been experiencing shortages of beds, ventilators and oxygen.Despite being in lockdown, some citizens have taken to the streets to protest at the government’s handling of the pandemic.At the end of June, around 70% of the samples sequenced in Malaysia were linked to the Delta variant, according to Our World in Data………The proportion of Malaysians fully vaccinated is higher than in some of its neighbours – but is still at only 21% of the population.

Bangladesh: which has a long border with India, has experienced an upward trend in cases since mid-May.The Delta variant was detected in 100% of the tests sequenced in the country up to 12 July.Amid rising cases, the country had lifted curbs and lockdown ahead of a major religious festival in July.It re-imposed a stricter lockdown after the festivities, but has relaxed it again.July saw the highest number of cases and deaths since the pandemic began.Although it was earlier than many other countries in starting vaccinations, the rollout in Bangladesh has generally been slow: return to the capital, Dhaka, as restrictions easeIn April, Bangladesh was forced to suspend vaccinations because exports of the AstraZeneca vaccine from India were halted.The rollout has now resumed with supplies of China’s Sinopharm and the Pfizer vaccine provided through the global Covax vaccine sharing scheme.Less than 3% of the population of Bangladesh had been fully vaccinated as of 1 August.

Thailand: The country’s daily cases and deaths were at a record high on 31 July. The recent rise in cases and deaths in Thailand has been attributed in part to the Delta variant.The Thai government recently said that 60% of cases were linked to the Delta variant with the figure as high as 80% in the capital, Bangkok. The country had recently opened up to tourists, but the government has now announced strict curbs which will be imposed from 3 to 19 August in 29 provinces……………Health officials have said that 90% of hospital beds in Bangkok and 80% of beds nationwide are occupied, and the authorities are keeping increasing numbers of people in isolation at home if they have mild or no symptoms: Hospitals in Thailand are overwhelmed: Vaccinations rates have also remained low with at least 25 vaccination centres shutting due to shortages of vaccine supplies: Only a little over 5% of the population was fully vaccinated as of 25 July.

Pakistan: Case numbers have been rising sharply as the country undergoes another coronavirus surge, fuelled in part by the Delta variant.At the end of May, about a third of cases sequenced during the previous two weeks were recorded as being the Delta variant.The exact spread of the variant is difficult to map as Pakistan does not have the capacity to do lots of sequencing of coronavirus tests.The UK is offering support to Pakistan and other countries so that they can carry out more sequencing……..Some parts of the country have imposed lockdowns, but Pakistan has low levels of vaccination, allowing the virus to spread more easily.Less than 3% of the population is fully vaccinated.

Vietnam: The country had managed to keep Covid-19 under control through testing, effective contact tracing and border restrictions until April this year when the Delta variant was detected.Until early July, Vietnam had reported less than 100 deaths since the start of the pandemic in 2020, but that had risen to more than 1,300 by 1 August: Reuters: Vietnam has put restrictions in place in Ho Chi Minh and other citiesAround 85% of total coronavirus cases were reported in just the last month. The health minister recently said that that the Delta variant was “destroying all anti-pandemic achievements” – but it is unclear how many cases are linked to the Delta variant: Despite restrictions in place, cases continue to rise, with Ho Chi Minh City the worst affected area…..

The vaccination programme has moved very slowly with only 0.68% of the population fully vaccinated as of 1 August: Read more from Reality Check

#AceHealthDesk report ……Published: Aug.03: 2021:

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(MANILA) Face Off US/China Report: The Philippines has abandoned plans to abort a crucial defence agreement with the United States, delivering a major strategic win to the Biden Administration #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.30: But now Mr Duterte has agreed to “restore” the VFA after meeting with US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin during his visit to the Philippines…..

#AceDailyNews says that Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte last year issued a formal notice to tear up the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), which provides the legal framework for US troops in the South-East Asian nation and Philippines has directed its fishermen to ignore China’s annual ban on trawling in waters after Beijing claims it as its own. But not everyone wants to face off against a global superpower without another on its side ……

Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told journalists the VFA was now “in full force again” following the meeting – although he conceded he didn’t know what had prompted Mr Duterte’s move.

Mr Austin thanked Mr Duterte for his decision, calling the Philippines a “vital treaty ally”.

“Our countries face a range of challenges, and as we do a strong resilient US-Philippines alliance will remain vital to the security, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific,” he said.

“A fully restored VFA will help us achieve that goal together.”

Mr Austin also said the two countries were looking at new ways to deepen security cooperation.

What was behind Duterte’s moves?

A Filipina soldier gets her photo taken with an American soldier.
US and Philippine forces conduct hundreds of joint exercises each year.(Reuters: Eloisa Lopez)

The announcement caps a tumultuous period in the US-Philippines relationship.

Mr Duterte first declared he would tear up the VFA in early 2020 after the US cancelled the visa of Philippines senator Ronald Dela Rosa, one of his key political lieutenants.

Mr Dela Rosa had been accused of orchestrating extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration’s brutal war on drugs when he was a police chief.

Mr Duterte has also drawn much closer to China, declaring back in 2016 that the Philippines needed to “separate” itself from its long time military alliance with the US. Fishermen in David and Goliath battle with China

But senior military officers and officials in the Philippines have been pressing internally to retain the VFA, and Mr Duterte subsequently suspended the process of termination no fewer than three times as negotiations over the agreement dragged on.

Analysts said Mr Duterte hesitated to sever military links with the US, in part because of rising tensions between China and the Philippines over contested waters in the South China Sea.

The military in the Philippines remains anxious about China’s rapidly growing naval strength and sees the VFA — which provides rules for the rotation of thousands of US troops in the country for war exercises — as a bulwark against Chinese military aggression in the South China Sea.

The dispute over the VFA also took on powerful symbolism as strategic competition between the US and China intensifies in the region.

On an overcast day, you view an aircraft carrier stacked with US jets and helicopters as you view a distant Manila skyline.
The US military has been a regular sight in Manila Bay for decades.(Flickr: US Navy)

Earlier in the year, Mr Duterte declared that the US must “pay” more in order to preserve the agreement and demanded the Biden administration provide more vaccines to the Philippines.

Last month, the Biden administration delivered more than 3 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to the country.

Hunter Marston from the ANU’s Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs said the declaration that the VFA would be restored “caps a dramatic year and a half for the US-Philippines alliance”.

“Duterte’s threat to scrap VFA would have rendered the alliance all but symbolic and significantly hampered Washington’s military presence in the region as it struggles to roll back China’s expansion in the South China Sea,” he said.

“The restoration of the VFA does not preclude future policy reversals from the unpredictable Duterte, but for the time being at least, this was a very good week for the bilateral alliance.”

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@AceNewsServices Japan offers Aid of $3.5-million to #RohingyaMuslims fleeing #Myanmar

#AceNewsReport – TOKYO:June.20: Tokyo has offered aid of $3.5 million through global agencies, such as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, to help Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Saturday.

The money will be used to provide for food and shelter, as well as to fund data analysis of the refugees’ maritime movements. In 2015, at least 25,000 people have been taken to boats from Myanmar and Bangladesh to countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, the UN estimates.

The Rohingya people are considered “stateless entities” in mainly Buddhist Myanmar. Some 1.3 million Rohingyas live in the country’s western Arakan state.

Myanmar views them as illegal Bangledeshi immigrants and refuses to recognize them as an ethnic group.

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‘ US STATE DEPARTMENT ISSUES GLOBAL TERRORISM ALERT TO ALL AMERICAN’S TRAVELLING TO ABROAD ‘

The State Department is renewing its global terrorism alert for Americans travelling abroad, saying it sees a heightened risk of reprisal attacks from the Islamic State group and its supporters.

In a new “worldwide caution” issued on Friday, the department said terrorist groups continue to plot strikes against Americans and U.S. interests in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

It said authorities believe there is “an increased likelihood” of reprisal attacks from Islamic State militants since the U.S. and its coalition partners launched military action against the group in Iraq and Syria.

The alert replaces an existing warning issued in April and also notes the growing threat of kidnapping perpetrated by terrorists.

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SEA: ‘ Rise of the Child Soldiers of Pakistan ‘

#AceNewsServices – PAKISTAN – October 11 – The phenomenon of “child soldiers” is not new to this globe. From the far western shores of Americas, to Africa and Asia, the world continues to witness the rise of soldiers that are mere children

' Child Soldiers of Pakistan '

‘ Child Soldiers of Pakistan ‘

The world is stunned beyond limits to see that humanity has fallen to this level in the exploitation of young innocent children as child recruits for fundamentalist agendas.

The use of child soldiers has spread to almost all the global armed conflict. Though an exact number is impossible to define, thousands of child soldiers are illegally serving in armed conflict around the world.

According to Do Something Org, many countries are allegedly reported on use of under-age soldiers, these include Afghanistan, Colombia, India, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Mali, Pakistan, Thailand, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and more.

 I am sure many are already geared up with the anti-Pakistani stereotypes that deem that whole of Pakistan is a terrorist country and on this list,  I get this hatred towards Pakistan is a global trend but not many of you know the dynamics of child militia here. And am taking this opportunity to shed some light on various important areas.

Pakistan|Trending Local Child Soldiers issue

The growing phenomenon of child militants in Pakistan is a horrific reality, one mirrored in various conflicts throughout history. Young innocent children are targeted because they can be easily brain washed by militant groups.

The cycle of poverty, large family size and economic hardships are factors that leave vulnerable parents little choice but to send children in local madrassas as they are free of cost.   The constitution Article 25-A says the State shall provide free and compulsory education to children between ages of 5 to 16. However that’s not being followed as millions of children are out of school and our literary rate is appalling low at 48%.

"Madrasa" is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

“Madrasa” is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

Most people have no choice but to send their children to religious schools or madrassas as. Moreover, there are huge discrepancies because education in Pakistan is heavily influenced by religion and in recent times Wahabi agendas.

The main source of funding for these madrasa groups is coming from Saudi Arabia. In fact, this whole phenomenon that we are confronting, which Al Qaeda is a part of, is very closely associated with Saudi Arabia’s financial and religious projects for the Muslim world as a whole. Its in greater interests to keep Pakistani children stuck into poverty cycles as they serve a greater agenda, shame on Pakistani government for colluding against its own.

Local madrassas cater Pakistani children as well as international students who avail the lucrative scholarship fundings  from Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia. 

However coming back to Pakistan, the different militant groups including TTP, LeT and so on have been able to harness the young Pakistani children in scores through enticing tactics.

Local Militant Recruitment Mechanism

The militant have sinister agendas however on the forefront they are able to cajole and manipulate young children by reminding them the sufferings of the Muslim world and that they have to play a role in eradication of misery; through this jihad.

"Madrasa" is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

“Madrasa” is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

Upon meeting some under-age boy militants in Swat, I found out that for years they have attended the madrassas whose lecturers and mentors taught them things like ” The Pakistan Army is the ally of the Western capitalist world; they the  imperialists are all the enemies of Islam. The fight against them is justified; they are apostates, the friends of the infidels.”

The second message drummed into them is one which the world is facing today. The increasing intolerance towards Muslims and followers of faith Islam within their own regions and in the western world. Sadly this is capitalized upon very well by the militant groups. The young recruits are taught that they have to stand up against the helplessness of Muslim women, daughters and sisters that are getting dishonored by non-Muslims in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine etc.

They also watch videos purportedly showing the killing of Muslims by non-Muslims in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Instructors tell them that a war is being waged against Islam.

' Child Soldiers Recruited by Saudi Arabia as Terrorists as young as five '

‘ Child Soldiers Recruited by Saudi Arabia as Terrorists as young as five ‘

That the western world is at war with Islam has given a trump card to Pakistan’s militants for this sort of radical enticement of vulnerable children.

These main themes in lectures are taught to in both the senior recruits camps (ages 16 and older) and junior ones (ages 7 to 15), all are centered on vengeance and the need to do something for the wronged Muslims.The children are completely isolated from the normal outside world.

The young would-be suicide bombers are also persuaded by the promise of Paradise. This is, I repeat a huge blasphemy against the real teachings for if have to view from Islamic point of view; suicide is strictly forbidden along with the killing of innocent persons. Allah, God is the author of life that has granted us the gift of life and we mere humans don’t have the authority to take it.

This using of innocent children by militancy has to stop now. But. The inability of the Pakistan army to meet internal security challenges effectively is a particularly worrying factor. Three generations of Pakistani children are suffering due to the impact of this futile jihadi indoctrination.

It is time to seriously put an end to this madness, before it consumes us within the dark abysses of hatred and destruction.I am so exhausted to waking up in the mornings with the first thought in mind,What the hell happened Pakistan? And then trying to fix it some how in my way.

Though, we can’t bring back the already dead Pakistani children militants and can hardly ease the misery of the grieving parents, it is time for Pakistan to asses the complex root causes behind this phenomenon and design solutions for protection of children from becoming part of militancy.

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ASIA: ‘ Corporate Supermarkets Take Lion-Share Leaving Small Traders Picking-Up the Crumbs ‘

#AceNewsServices – ASIA – September 17 – Food accounts for nearly a quarter of overall consumer spending in Asia – more than housing, education or transportation.

Cuisines-of-Asia

Hundreds of millions of people in Asia earn their livelihoods from food – whether from farming it, preparing it or selling it.

But in the past decade or so, transnational corporations have been taking over a bigger and bigger slice of the pie, with major implications for the entire food chain.

Corporate supermarkets are expanding faster in Asia than anywhere else on the planet. And as supermarkets and their procurement chains expand, they take revenue out of the hands of peasants, small scale food producers and traders.

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The expansion of supermarkets is transferring control over Asia’s food to a handful of corporations like CP, Aeon, Dairy Farm, Wal-Mart, and other global retailers, and their corporate suppliers.

Across the region, there is both growing awareness of the threat posed by global retailers and a growing resistance against their expansion.

But we must continue envisioning and building strategies and alternatives to the supermarket model of food distribution in order to move forward in a way that strengthens social, community based and public food systems and assures the survival of small food producers and local markets.

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‘China Praises Germany and Criticises Japan on Anniversary of D-Day Landings’

#AceWorldNews – BEIJING – June 06  – China praised Germany Friday on the 70th anniversary of World War II’s D-Day landings for its contrition over its wartime past.

At the same time, Beijing slammed Japan for what China views as Tokyo’s continued denial of its brutal history, Reuters said. “Germany’s sincere remorse has won the confidence of the world,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said. 

“But in Asia on the Asian battlefield, the leaders of Japan, which caused harm and which lost the war, are to this day still trying to reverse the course of history and deny their history of invasion,” Hong stressed.

(VOA ) – China has increasingly contrasted Germany and its public remorse for the Nazi regime to Japan, where repeated official apologies for wartime suffering are sometimes undercut by contradictory comments by conservative politicians.

Ties between the two Asian rivals worsened on December 26 when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine, which China sees as a symbol of Tokyo’s past militarism because it honors war criminals along with millions of war dead.

“Germany’s sincere remorse has won the confidence of the world,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily news briefing, when asked about the D-Day anniversary.

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#AceGuestNews WASHINGTON May 04 RT Exclusive Most important…

#AceGuestNews – WASHINGTON – – May 04 – (RT Exclusive) – Most important lesson for Japan from Obama’s trip: Improve ties with Russia. Japan can do this by cozying up to Russia and South Korea while redoubling its efforts and pace in further deepening ties with India.

This is the important fine print one can read in the President Barack Obama’s recently concluded visit to Japan, the first state visit by an American president to Japan in 18 years.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a shrewd politician who has the will and the capability to restore his country to its pristine glory. He should separate the chaff from the wheat in what Obama said and did not say during his trip to Tokyo.

Nothing bothers the Japanese political leadership more than the question: how to deal with China? Japan can take a cue from India in this context. India has been handling China much better than any other country.

The Indian mantra is this: engage with China on all issues, including the contentious ones, while giving fillip to bilateral trade and people-to-people contacts.

If political leaders and the people of Japan thought that Obama would say comforting words to Japan at the cost of China, and that the US alone is capable of safeguarding their interests vis-a-vis China, then they were mistaken. Nothing of the sort happened.

From the Japanese perspective, the core issue in Abe-Obama talks was the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands dispute between Japan and China. It must have been music to Japanese ears when Obama reaffirmed his support for Japan over the disputed islands, and remarked that the islands fell under a security treaty that commits the US to act if Japan is attacked.

But wait! Obama did not come up with anything new here. And he did not stop here. Sample his remarks that followed soon thereafter.

“I’ve said directly to (Abe) that it would be a profound mistake to continue to see escalation around this issue rather than dialogue and confidence-building measures between Japan and China.”
“In our discussions, I emphasized with Prime Minister Abe the importance of resolving this issue peacefully … Not escalating the situation, keeping the rhetoric low, not taking provocative actions, and trying to determine how both Japan and China can work cooperatively together.”
Obama also called upon Japan and China to take “confidence-building measures” and significantly added: “We have strong relations with China.”

This should have punctured Japan’s ballooning hopes. Japan may well be justified in keeping up a brave front as is evident from this quote Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga made at a separate press conference after Abe-Obama talks: “Perhaps you should read his (Obama’s) comments more honestly. The president clearly said Article 5 of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty applied to the islands. The comments are no more or no less than that.”

But then in their heart of hearts they must be feeling that something is terribly amiss. The US security umbrella over Japan is losing its sheen with the rapid rise in China’s military and economic might. This trend is likely to accelerate in the coming years.

The moral of the story from Obama’s trip to Japan is as follows: America is a great friend of Japan but China too cannot be ignored and it is not a zero sum game.

Gone are the days when the US would take a maximalist position with a friend like Japan and a minimalist position with a strong competitor like China. These are the days of economic diplomacy. Gunboat diplomacy has been relegated to the fringe.

Therefore, against this backdrop, Japan needs to think out of the box and explore newer foreign policy options.

Mending relations with Russia should now be a top priority for Tokyo. In a way, Abe is already walking down this road. Abe paid a visit to Moscow on 29-30 April, 2013, the first visit by a Japanese premier to Russia in over a decade.

Indeed Abe has invested a lot of political capital in improving ties with Russia since taking over in December 2012 and has met Russian President Vladimir Putin five times.

It is a win-win situation for both Russia and Japan to get closer. Stung by the Western sanctions over Ukraine, Russia has already stated that it would be tapping new business and investment opportunities elsewhere, particularly Asia. Japan is a vast market for Russian oil and gas.

Japan should sew up as many trade pacts with Russia as soon as possible and strike a political deal with Russia over territorial disputes.

South Korea is a bit more difficult for Japan to handle, considering the historical baggage. But if rough edges with Russia are smoothed out, South Korea should be a doable diplomatic mission for Japan to handle.

Japan’s relations with India are already free of any disputes. So is the case between India and Russia and India and South Korea. If Japan and Russia are able to forge closer bonds, it will be a strategic game-changer in the Asian matrix.

The China factor will not be such a great worry for Japan then.

Courtesy of the writer who is a New Delhi-based columnist and a strategic analyst who tweets @Kishkindha.

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` Barack Obama Says Agreement for Security While Activists Say it Reverses Democratic Gains When Bases Shut-Down '

#AceNewsServices – MANILA – Philippines (AP) – President Barack Obama said a 10-year agreement signed Monday to give the U.S military greater access to Philippine bases will help promote regional security, improve armed forces training and shorten response times to humanitarian crises, including natural disasters.

The deal was signed as Obama arrived in the Philippines, ending a week-long, four-nation Asia tour on something of a high note.

The Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement will give American forces temporary access to selected military camps and allow them to preposition fighter jets and ships and is being seen as an effort by Washington to counter Chinese aggression in the region.

Concerns about the U.S role military role here led to recent clashes outside the U.S. Embassy in the capital of Manila between police and more than 100 left-wing activists who protested Obama’s visit and the new security arrangement.

Activists say the agreement reverses democratic gains achieved when huge U.S. military bases were shut down in the early 1990’s, ending nearly a century of American military presence in the Philippines, a sensitive issue in this former U.S. colony.

These are the key points in the 10-year defence pact between the Philippines and the US.

-Clear provision that the US would “not establish military presence or base in the Philippines

-US access to and use of designated areas in AFP owned and controlled facilities (“Agreed Locations”) will be at the invitation of the Philippine government

-Prior consent of the Philippines, through the MDT and Security Engagement Board, with regard to US access and use of Agreed Locations which may be listed in an annex and further described in implementing arrangements

-Philippine retention of primary responsibility for security of the Agreed Locations

-Access of the AFP base commander to the entire area of the Agreed Locations;

-Philippine ownership of buildings and infrastructure once constructed by US military;

-Sharing and joint use of facilities in the Agreed Locations, including those of used by US military;

-Value of prepositioned material in the enhancement of AFP defence capabilities and possible transfer of purchase of materiel determined to be excess

-Prohibition of entry to the Philippines of nuclear weapons and reference to respective obligations of both Parties under the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Biological Weapons Convention

-Strong commitment by both parties in protecting the environment, human health and safety

-Preference for Philippine suppliers of goods, products and service in US military procurement

-Regular consultation of the implementation of the agreement

The following is the full copy of the FAQ released by the DFA.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) signed April 28, 2014

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` Pope Francis Delivers Passionate Plea for Peace in his First Easter Sunday Message ‘

#AceWorldNews – ROME – April 20 – Pope Francis has delivered a passionate plea for peace in his first Easter Sunday message since being elected.

Francis used his “Urbi et Orbi” address to call for peace in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and across the globe.


“Urbi et Orbi

He singled out “dear Syria”, saying: “How much blood has been shed! And how much suffering must there still be before a political solution is found?”

Easter is the most important festival in the Christian calendar and pilgrims have attended church across the world.

In Iraq, Catholics flocked to churches amid tight security. Some 200 worshippers celebrated Mass at St Joseph Chaldean Church in Baghdad

In South Africa, many congregations included ailing former President Nelson Mandela in their prayers
In a message for Easter.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron praised the “incredible role” played by Christian churches and organisations in Britain and around the globe.

Vatican – BBC – News Services Worldwide

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` US Ground Forces to Poland as part of NATO Expansion Mission – Decision Next Week ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – NATO – April 19 – Poland’s defence minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, said that an announcement will be made next week regarding sending US ground forces to Poland as part of a NATO expansion mission in eastern Europe, in response to the ongoing situation in Ukraine, The Washington Post reported.

Siemoniak said the decision has been made on a political level and that military planners are working out details. There will also be intensified cooperation in air defence, special forces, cyber-defence and other areas. Poland will play a leading regional role, “under U.S. patronage,” he said.

But the defence minister also said that any immediate NATO response to Russian aggression in Ukraine, while important, matter less than a long-term shift in the defence postures of Europe and America.

The United States, having announced a “pivot” to Asia, needs to “re-pivot” to Europe, he said, and European countries that have cut back on defence spending need to reverse the trends.

Read More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2014/04/18/u-s-ground-troops-going-to-poland-defense-minister-says/

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` Afghanistan will require 10 years of help with their `Infrastructure ‘ to Combat Drug Trafficking – FDCS ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 25 – Head of Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service (FDCS) has stressed the need for helping Afghanistan’s comprehensive development within the upcoming ten years to make the fight with drug trafficking effective.

“To implement this ideology or doctrine on security through development, we need to organize Afghanistan’s comprehensive development in the period from 2015 to 2025 on the basis of alternative development programs of new generation, including accelerated industrialization and construction of basic infrastructures,” Viktor Ivanov told a meeting of the expert community on Tuesday in the run-up to a ministerial meeting of heads of anti-drug agencies.

“This approach seems the only productive way to resolve the priority task by the world community – to eliminate the global scale drug producing centre “in the heart of Asia,” he said.

Russian World and Media News

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` Police Commence Searching House of the Pilot of the ` Malaysian Airlines MH370 ' for any Evidence '

#AceWorldNews (Reuters) – A missing Malaysian airliner was likely to have been deliberately steered to a course that could have taken it anywhere from central Asia to the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysia’s prime minister said on Saturday.

Minutes after Malaysian leader Najib Razak outlined investigators’ latest findings about flight MH370, police began searching the house of the aircraft’s 53-year-old captain for any evidence that he could have been involved in foul play.

Najib said the plane’s final communication with satellites placed it somewhere in one of two corridors: a northern corridor stretching from northern Thailand to the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, or a southern corridor stretching from Indonesia to the vast southern Indian Ocean.

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` China ramps up its `Defence Budget ‘ by a massive 12.2% saying it will `Safeguard ‘ their Sovereignty ‘

#AceWorldNews says that AFP has reported that China on Wednesday extended its spending spree on the world’s largest armed forces, unveiling a 12.2 percent increase on the 2014 defence budget in a trend that has provoked concern in Asia and the US.

Beijing has for years been raising spending on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) by double digits, reflecting its military ambitions as it asserts its new-found economic might and its claims in a series of territorial disputes with Japan and others.

“The appropriation for national defence is 808.23 billion yuan ($132 billion), up 12.2 percent,” said a budget report prepared for the annual session of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s Communist-dominated parliament, which began on Wednesday.

“We will resolutely safeguard China’s sovereignty, security and development interests,” Premier Li Keqiang said at the opening session.

“We will safeguard the victory of World War II and the post-war international order, and will not allow anyone to reverse the course of history,” he said — a phrase China often uses in relation to rival Japan.
Beijing would also “place war preparations on a regular footing” and “build China into a maritime power”, Li added.

In comments ahead of the gathering, NPC spokeswoman Fu Ying sought to play down foreign worries about China’s defence expenditure.

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` Ukraine’s Self-Proclaimed Government is illegitimate according to the Tallinn Mayor ‘

#AceWorldNews says that the self-declared Kiev authorities cannot solve any political problems and “lack both credentials and power” in the crisis-torn country, said the mayor of the Estonian capital of Tallinn.

“The self-proclaimed Ukrainian government was put into power by people with baseball bats,” Edgar Savisaar told Postimees newspaper.
“It lacks both credentials and the capacity to solve the crisis in the country.”

According to him, the situation in Ukraine will begin stabilizing only after it “has a legitimate, democratically elected government at the helm.”

“Only after elementary public order is restored in Kiev and western Ukraine, we can start discussing the issue of providing the country with foreign aid, be it from the EU, US, Asia or from all sources simultaneously,” Savisaar said.

According to the mayor, the current government which is under the influence of radicals lacks the power to even hold free elections in the country – let alone solve other significant questions which are put in front of the nation’s self-declared officials.

“Until the next elections [on May 25] only an integral government which consists of representatives of all Ukraine’s regions may claim any legitimacy,” said Savisaar.

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` Freezing over of discussions as `Cold War ‘ sensibilities come to the forefront ‘

#AceWorldNews says that Washington AP reports that a sudden reprise of Cold War sensibilities, the U.S. and its allies are weighing sanctions on Moscow and whether to bolster defences in Europe in response to Russia’s military advances on Ukraine.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, soon on his way to Ukraine’s capital, said world leaders “are prepared to go to the hilt in order to isolate Russia with respect to this invasion.”

Much as when superpower tensions ruled world affairs, missile defence systems and troop levels in Europe have again become urgent questions in Washington and beyond, a renewed reality that may force President Barack Obama’s administration to give up its intended foreign policy shift to Asia indefinitely.

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China: “Preparing to Surpass the US as World’s Largest Economy”

#AceNewsServices  says many various sources l have spoken to in my travels, have varying opinion’s of China’s increasing size, wealth and power, here is one such opinion. As China is preparing to surpass the United States as the world’s largest economy in purchasing power and parity terms, (using China’s grossly exaggerated economic figures). Already its economy is supposedly 80% the size of the US, and if current growth rate differentials persist, it could possibly take China about two years to surpass the US.

A Shanghai branch of Industrial and Commercial...

A Shanghai branch of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, largest in the world. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That said any chance of raising the status of China, will need to rely on the west and their want of their goods and services, oh they could continue to build their massive cities and continue building, also invite more and more foreign businesses to take up residence, with the intention of growing their GDP. Whilst in the meantime they spread their dominate hand across the westernised world, though with one small draw-back and that is they are not signing from the same hymn sheet as other countries, so to speak.

Their real aim is to not just take over as the world’s largest economy, but to eventually humiliate and deemed the countries for so long that saw them as a third world economy, and purchased their goods, at cheapest possible prices. Thus keeping their country down and their people poor, but education, training and self-sufficiency is the watchword’s of the Chinese people, led to watch and learn from other countries, silently in the back-ground planning a strategy, like their “Terracotta Warriors” of days gone by, and utilising the old ways of warfare, but this time as traders.

At present market exchange rates, China’s GDP is much smaller, and is expected to remain less than the US until 2028. This is hardly surprising. After all, China has four times as many people as the US; if every Chinese worker were to earn the US minimum wage, its GDP would be larger than the US. That is not a very high bar. With that economic size comes military power and global cultural clout. Though at the present changes in the population from lower-class to middle class the requirement for greater supplies of westernised products, will grow thus leading to disparity of incomes, between the have’s and have’nots and leading to social problems.     

History of China

History of China (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

China’s awe-inspiring rise is often framed as the return to a historical norm. A common belief is that for most of the last 5,000 years, China was the world’s centre of wealth, culture, technology, and power. The 19th and 20th centuries, we are told, were a brief aberration, and China is now simply retaking its rightful place as the world’s pre-eminent nation. This trope gives China a certain air of inevitability.

The problem is, it’s not really accurate.

The truth is that for most of its history, China has struggled to overcome a number of chronic difficulties that have usually kept it from global pre-eminence.

Territories occupied by different dynasties an...

Territories occupied by different dynasties and modern political states throughout the history of China. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let’s start by recalling ancient China, starting from 5,000 years ago. The early pre-Chinese kingdoms – Xia, Shang, and Zhou – roughly coincided with ancient Egypt, Babylon, Persia, and Greece, and China’s famous Han Dynasty coincided with Rome. Ian Morris, a Stanford historian and author of Why the West Rules – For Now, has constructed an “index of development” that takes into account energy use, urbanisation, information technology and war-making capacity. According to Morris’ index, the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern civilisations of the Ancient and Classical periods were well ahead of their Chinese counterparts.

For example, the Roman Empire had many more miles of roads than Han China, and much more shipping. Although China had a few things that Rome did not – most notably the horse collar and paper – Rome in general had far more impressive engineering and technology, including advanced plumbing, mining techniques, and construction techniques. Han China was poorer–most people’s houses had dirt floors. In terms of basic science, Morris has less to say, but ancient Greece was hard to beat in this regard (though ancient China was ahead in algebra). Military power is hard to gauge, since China and the West never directly confronted each other.

A Chinese bronze statue of a mythological chim...

A Chinese bronze statue of a mythological chimera (a lion-like creature with wings, horns, fangs, and claws), from the Eastern Han Dynasty, dated 1st century AD. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to Morris’ data, China became richer and more developed than the West’s leading nation around the 6th century A.D. The fall of Rome and the division of the Mediterranean into European and Middle Eastern halves stifled sea trade, while China assimilated its rich South and began growing rice on a large-scale. For the next 1,000 years, China was the richest place on the planet. During the years from 500 A.D.  to 1200 A.D., China invented the compass, gunpowder, printing, compartmentalized ship hulls, paper money, advanced farming techniques, and a great deal of algebra and astronomy.

But China’s pre-eminence was hardly uncontested during this period. Though Europe was an economic, military and technological backwater during the Middle Ages, the Islamic empires – the Umayyad and Abbasid caliphates – rivalled China in size, and actually defeated China in their one military clash (the Battle of Talas). Islamic civilisation was also no slouch in basic science.

Meanwhile, China during its golden age was plagued by internal and external security threats. The An Shi rebellion tore apart China’s Tang dynasty at that empire’s height, killing millions; the dynasty never recovered. The Jurchen (ancestors of the Manchus) conquered North China in the 1100s, forcing the Sung Dynasty – the wealthiest and most technologically dynamic of the old Chinese dynasties – to relocate to the south. In the 1200s, the Mongols conquered all of China, which they ruled until 1368.

A 24 point compass chart employed by Zheng He ...

A 24 point compass chart employed by Zheng He during his explorations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

China regained stability during the Ming dynasty in the 14th to 17th centuries. During that dynasty, China was militarily powerful, defeating incursions by the Mongols, Japanese, Dutch, and Portuguese. But this period was also a “Great Stagnation” for China. Technological progress essentially stopped. A brief spurt of exploration by the Chinese explorer Zheng He (whose scope may have been exaggerated; none of the giant ships attributed to the expedition have ever been found) proved to be one of a kind, when the Chinese government restricted shipbuilding.

During the first half of the 2nd millennium A.D., the Middle East stagnated as well, but Europe was climbing out of the deep hole of the Middle Ages. By the 1500s, propelled by the discovery of the New World, Europe was making rapid strides in science and technology; by the 1600s, according to economic historians, much of Europe was richer than China.

So to sum up, China has always been one of the world’s leading civilisation’s over the last five millennia. But it has only held both economic and military preeminence for brief periods of time—the late 1300s and 1400s being the most notable. Why has China not been preeminent for longer stretches? History is not a science, but we can make some guesses. The very thing that makes China so powerful and important – its titanic size – also endows it with fundamental weaknesses.

Throughout its history, China has been plagued by enormous rebellions, from the An Shi rebellion in the 700s to the Taiping Rebellion in the 1800s. These rebellions are always incredibly destructive of human life and the economy. They often expose China to external conquest, as with the fall of the Ming dynasty in the 1600s or the Japanese conquests in the 1930s. They sometimes result in the rise of extremely destructive and dysfunctional regimes, like Mao’s ascendance in the 20th century.

Why does China have all these big rebellions? Because it’s big. Large countries are geographically and industrially diverse, and therefore it becomes difficult to agree on what public goods to provide (this is why city-states are often very efficient). Regions fight over resources. In addition, China is endowed with very few natural resources relative to its enormous population size, meaning that food and water shortages can be acute and terrible.

The music video for "L'Âme-stram-gram&quo...

The music video for “L’Âme-stram-gram” used a replica of the Great Wall of China, which justified its high cost. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

China’s incredible bigness has other drawbacks. It made China difficult to defend in ancient times. In modern times, it means that China has lots of powerful neighbour – India, Russia, and Japan – with whom relations are not always smooth. And some historians, such as Jared Diamond, have argued that China’s size held back its technological progress; because it could win wars by sheer size and rely on its domestic economy, they argue, China was never forced to invest in military technology or open itself up to trade.

To understand how China’s constraints are threatening its rise today, read In Line Behind a Billion People: How Scarcity Will Define China’s Ascent in the Next Decade. Authors Damien Ma and William Adams discuss not only China’s resource constraints, but also how its heterogeneity – the deep divides between urban and rural, interior and coast, rich and poor – represents a real constraint on development.

Fortunately for China, this time may really be different. Modern communication and transportation technology mean that a big country is easier to defend and to integrate. Globalisation, and China’s embrace of trade, mean that China is more open than it was during most of its history. But China has shown signs of worryingly isolationist instincts, harassing foreign companies operating within its borders. Meanwhile, China’s increasingly aggressive policies toward its neighbour’s – notably Japan and India, but also Vietnam and the Philippines – run the risk of inviting an effort at containment. The “Middle Kingdom,” like Germany in Europe a century ago, runs the risk of fighting all of its neighbour’s at once.

In other words, China is vulnerable now for the same reason it was vulnerable in ages past. History is not a tale of Chinese preeminence, but a tale of Chinese oscillation. The same thing that often kept China from realising its potential as the world’s dominant nation – its tremendous, unwieldy size – means that although it may surpass the US in total GDP, its supremacy may well be short-lived and incomplete.

 

 

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Most Deprived Students in Pakistan get Helping Hand to Attain Higher Education

#AceNewsServices says the UK Government is helping 278 of the brightest but most deprived students in Pakistan to attain quality higher education this year at the Lahore University of Management and Sciences (LUMS).

These students are from some of the poorest areas of Pakistan and would otherwise not be able to afford quality higher education. They are pursuing degrees in subjects such as business, law, engineering and economics.

The initiative aims to enable these young people to get better jobs and so lift themselves and their families out of the cycle of poverty.

The British High Commissioner to Pakistan Adam Thomson said:

Education is the single most important factor that can transform Pakistan’s future. This is a chance to help remove financial barriers and provide these bright young minds with the opportunity to pursue their dreams and build a future free of poverty.

If well educated, Pakistan’s burgeoning youth population offers a vast mine of talent and productivity, which will help bring prosperity and stability, fuelling Pakistan’s economic growth and global competitiveness.

This investment will not only benefit the lives of some of the poorest but brightest students in Pakistan, but will also benefit those around them by enabling them to lift their families out of poverty and help inject some prosperity in to their community.

English: Flag of Punjab, a province of Pakista...

English: Flag of Punjab, a province of Pakistan Deutsch: Flagge von Punjab, ein Provinz in Pakistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. Sohail Naqvi, the Vice Chancellor of LUMS, said:

This initiative will change the lives of some of the most intelligent young people from underprivileged families in Pakistan. Our existing financial aid has transformed lives across Pakistan for many years now: this partnership with the UK will allow LUMS to significantly scale up this support, helping more of the youth to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

The scholarships – worth £7.1 million (1.2 billion rupees) – will help an estimated 1,000 of the brightest students from the poorest households over the next five years. The aim is for half of these to be girls. Students are awarded yearly scholarships which are renewed at the end of the academic year if they maintain a minimum level of performance during each semester.

The five-year programme will be managed by LUMS, who will select students on merit and provide financial aid on the basis of need, verified by family income and inspection of applicants’ homes.

As part of the scholarships, students are required to work in their local communities as ambassadors for LUMS, by spreading awareness about the importance of higher education, and supporting other aspiring but impoverished higher education students.

Flag map of Pakistan

Flag map of Pakistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Across Pakistan, the UK is working closely with provincial governments and partners on ambitious plans which will benefit millions of children and improve the standard of their education. This will not only make a dramatic difference to the lives of some of the most disadvantaged girls and boys, but will also benefit their families and communities as they get better jobs and earn more money.

Pakistan is now one of the UK’s largest recipients of development investment. As well as tackling the education emergency, other priorities for the UK include preventing thousands of women dying in childbirth by funding skilled midwives, nurses, or doctors; providing job skills training to tens of thousands of the poorest people; and giving women in deprived households small monthly cash grants to purchase essentials, such as food and medicine. This investment is dependent on continuing to secure value for money and results.

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Back to Back Cyclones Phailin and Helen Cause Devastation and Chaos

#AceNewsServices says India (MNN) — India’s Andhra Pradesh coastline can’t catch a break. Reeling from Cyclone Phailin’s hit last month, it got hit again by Cyclone Helen on Friday. Danny Punnose with Gospel For Asia says their teams were already there doing relief from Phailin. First, he says, “The continuous rain and flooding is making the relief work difficult. Because the death rate was not very high, there’s not a lot of international attention or aid that came in.” People displaced by Phailin were living on the side of the road. They were evacuated again for Helen’s rampage. “People’s lives are pretty much shot. They can’t actually go back and re-start anything because there’s nothing to go back to.” GFA is asking for your help. You can make some noise, send some money, but mostly, “Put yourself in the place of the people that you’re praying for. Try to imagine that you’ve lost everything and you’re just trying to survive, and you’re wondering how you’re going to find food for your kids, how you’re going to restart your life and how you’re going to keep your family together.” Learn more in the FULL STORY.
Full story: http://www.MNNonline.org/article/19245

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