Friday, March 23, 2018

China's "Unrestricted Warfare"

On a visit to Australia, Chris Chappell of the hit web TV series China Uncensored talks about China's tactics as it wages "unrestricted warfare" against the entire world:

Thursday, March 22, 2018

submarines are china's secret weapon, india needs a few of its own

india needs to start accessing haiphong and cam ranh bay in vietnam to keep a close eye on china's top-secret crown jewels: the submarine pen on hainan island. haiphong in only 200 nautical miles from hainan. 

China's growing submarine force is 'armed to the teeth' — and the rest of the Pacific is racing to keep up
Christopher Woody 
Countries in East Asia, led by China, have been pursuing a military buildup for years.
Submarines, flexible platforms with strategic uses, have been a particular focus.
Uncertainty about the balance of power in the region has stoked countries' pursuit of military hardware.

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what 'could be' a ploy? it IS a ploy

like they did in doka la/doklam. smile nicely and stab in the back.

Tango or not, India must remain steadfast with China; Beijing's call for 'friendship' could be another ploy
Prakash Katoch Mar 19, 2018

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can india deliver force projection in the indian ocean?

India's ability to deliver in the Indian Ocean region is being scrutinised
The BJP government has been giving the Indian Ocean due attention. Yet as the crisis in the Maldives has indicated, India's position in the Indian Ocean is being challenged
OPINION Updated: Mar 20, 2018 13:59 IST
Harsh V Pant

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Fwd: The neighbourhood tangle+China’s strategic vulnerabilities make it assailable+Sino India boundary row is a wound from history

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1. America's Pakistan problem by Brahma C 21.3.18
2. Why are Indian diplomats being attacked in Pakistan 21.3.18 by RSN Singh
3. China's strategic vulnerabilities make it assailable 21.3.18 by Dr Subhash Kapila

India's war-preparedness against a China-Pakistan imposed "Two Front War" scenarios must be placed on a fast-track mode and the Indian policy establishment not lulled into complacency of an under-emphasised or de-emphasised 'China Threat' by certain sections in the Indian policy establishment. Concurrently, the Indian policy establishment should minutely scrutinise China's strategic vulnerabilities so that these could be exploited by India to off-set the power asymmetry with China.

4. Multilateralism at crossroads 21.3.18 by Kanwal Sibal
5. Cooperation in generic drugs can lead to healthier China-India trade relations 20.3.18
Beyond just importing more generic medicine from India, China could consider ways to cooperate with India in developing its own generic sector. India, for its part, can encourage its drugmakers to cooperate with their Chinese counterparts'
6. The neighbourhood tangle by G Parthasarathy 22.3.18
 While some concern has been voiced about Russian arms supplies to Pakistan, the Russians are well aware of the fact that a cash-strapped Pakistan cannot afford to buy its frontline equipment, which is presently confined to purchase of some MI 35 attack helicopters. The Russians also know that the Indian market will be closed for the equipment they supply to Pakistan. The greater concern in New Delhi, however, arises from Russian readiness to join with China and Pakistan in seeking to give legitimacy to the Afghan Taliban. This is rather ironic, given the fact that approximately 14,000 Soviet soldiers were killed and more than 35,000 wounded in action between 1979 and 1989 against ISI backed radical Islamic armed Afghan groups.'
Moreover, there are substantial prospects for increasing Russian supplies of coal, diamonds, LNG and fertilizers to India. Interestingly, while the much touted 2014 Russian gas deal with China was expected to generate $ 400 billion by gas sales to China, thedrastic fallin gas prices is likely to reduce the returns by well over 60%. There is also considerable potential for Russia and India to reinforce each other, in executing energy and rail transportation projects in third countries, like Afghanistan and Vietnam. Russia and India are presently cooperating in the construction of the first nuclear power plant in Bangladesh.
The Russians view China's meteoric rise and its growing population, as a threat to their Siberian region and even to Vladivostok. The Soviet Union and Mao's China, loathed each other, from the very inception of Communist rule in China. Mao waskept waiting for months in 1949, before he got to call on Stalin, who met him only after he met Indian Ambassador Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, in January 1950. Mao made no secret about his contempt for both Stalin and Khrushchev.
7. Sino India boundary row is a wound from history 22.3.18
'The boundary issue that China and India are facing today is actually a contradiction between the Chinese empire, which has long been unified in history, and today's India, which was formed and demarcated by British colonialists. 
SN – With U.S. heat on China, it wants to cool heat with India. Hope India does not get taken in and pursues its interests in a focused way.
8. The energy that Pakistan needs 22.3.18 by Ayesha A
Warm Regards
sanjeev nayyar

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Quick notes: Solar parks, Quality of living...

  • India's vast solar parks: Unlike in developed nations, the vast majority of solar power in India comes not from decentralized rooftop panels but from expansive parks. Indian authorities have enticed developers by acquiring land, building transmission links and offering up buyers for the new power, usually state-owned companies with low default risk.

  • 2018 Quality of Living ranking: "Indian cities are yet to make any marked leaps on the quality of living scale".... Mobility innovations: Unclogging streets could help city dwellers save 125 hours a year — the equivalent of three full work weeks.

  • Soul vultures target other Korea: The last Americans in North Korea: Christian missionaries 

  • Who’s Afraid of Huawei? Security worries spread beyond the U.S.... Best Buy is ditching Huawei phones amid security concerns... China's WeChat banned by Australian defence dept... WeChat: From copycat to Goliath.... And now this: Chinese companies are buying up cash-strapped U.S. colleges

  • Stem cell cure for macular degeneration: Doctors have devised a way of building a new retinal pigment epithelium and surgically implanting it into the eye.

  • Absolute Watchfulness:

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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my piece on cambridge analytica and its links to congress

Fwd: China’s stealth war in the Himalayas+ To be fighting fit +Nepal plan power trade agreement with China and Bangladesh

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1.Seychelles Strategy: Why A Base On Assumption Island Is Crucial For Securing The Indian Ocean Region 20.3.18 by Jaideep Prabhu
2. 2 front war: a debate for more opulent times 20.3.18 MINT editorial Good read
But as happened with the 2012 U.S.-brokered deal for Chinese and Philippine naval vessels to withdraw from around the Scarborough Shoal, China did not faithfully comply with the Doklam accord. If anything, China applied the Scarborough "model" to Doklam -- agree to disengage and, after the standoff is over, quietly send in forces to occupy the territory.
In effect, Beijing has shown Bhutan that India cannot guarantee its territorial integrity.
The Indian government recently told Parliament that the number of Chinese military intrusions into India's vulnerable borderlands jumped 56% in one year -- from 273 in 2016 to 426 in 2017, or more than one per day. 
Last year, China breached two bilateral accords with India by withholding upstream river flow data, which is necessary for flood forecasting and warning.
SN – Indians suffer from lack of confidence which is why they rejoice at the smallest achievement. We must put our heads down and work silently for atleast 10 yrs if we have to catch up with the world.
4. Tango or not, India must remain steadfast with China; Beijing's call for 'friendship' could be another ploy by Lt Gen Prakash Katoch 19.3.18:
5. Chabhar could be a model for India China cooperation 19.3.18
But the results of India-Iran cooperation proved less fruitful than expected as a result of Western sanctions, according to media reports. In this context, China is one of a handful of countries that has continued trade links with Tehran and is its largest oil client. China and India can complement each other on Chabahar Port construction. In addition, Gwadar Port in Pakistan, a flagship project of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, lies barely 100 kilometers from Chabahar. Given the extreme proximity of the two ports, stakeholders can share resources in the development of the two projects. 
SN – must grant it to the Chinese media. After the land grabbing and aggressive posture they talk of cooperation.
India's dilemma is neatly summed up in the U.S.'s National Intelligence Council report, 'Global Trends: The Paradox of Progress', "Geopolitically, [South Asia's] greatest hope is India's ability to use its economic and human potential to drive regional trade and development. At the same time, Afghanistan's uncertain prospects, extremism and violence in Pakistan, and the ever-present risk of war between India and Pakistan probably represent the greatest challenge to unlocking the region's potential."
 Recently, it was announced that the government was planning to raise nine ITBP battalions to "reduce the inter BoP (border outpost) distance" along the China border. Not only does this reflect an inadequate understanding of how the border is to be manned but completely ignores the existing deployment of the Army. A comprehensive and an integrated approach to border management could result in considerable savings.
The military must stop talking in terms of numbers, of squadrons, ships and divisions, and focus on capability.
There is a crying need to move towards greater integration among the three services and with the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The luxury of each service running its own training, administrative and logistics system is no longer affordable.
7. Nepal plan power trade agreement with China and Bangladesh 19.3.18
8. India shd act like elder brother end hostilities with Pakistan says Mehmooba. 1=20.3.18

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Quick notes: Digital tax, Renewable natural gas...

Digital tax on "Big Tech": EU to tax US tech titans not just on their profits but on their overall revenue in the bloc. Tax-avoidance strategies used by the tech giants like Google and Facebook deprives EU of billions of euros.

Natural gas from cow dung: Natural gas is the cleanest-burning fossil fuel.  Extracting methane from cow manure could create fuel without fracking. “The potential is huge.”

China's agricultural miracle: The scale of the project has stunned international scientists. A landmark project to make agriculture more sustainable in China has significantly cut fertilizer use while boosting crop yields on millions of small farms. The study involved some 1,000 researchers and 21 million smallholders.

Lifespan gains: China’s air quality has improved so significantly in recent years that citizens can expect to see their lifespan increase by 2.4 years.

Gabriella Burnel: Pūrṇamadaḥ Pūrṇamidam

Monotheism and its Weapons: Early Christians were much more likely to close down the academies, shut temples, loot and destroy artwork, forbid traditional practices and burn books. They believed that the world we inhabit is a perilous place, crowded with malevolent supernatural beings, who sometimes manifest themselves in the form of fake gods. It's the Christian’s duty to root these out. 'The Christian destruction of the classical world'.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

simultaneous elections would mean that the centre doesn't have to be in perpetual election mode

so why are these secular types opposing it? because elections are good ways of laundering money. 

Why simultaneous elections are bad for India's democracy
Simultaneous elections runs the risk of undermining the representative gains that political decentralisation of the last two decades have made
COLUMNS Updated: Mar 15, 2018 16:06 IST
Yamini Aiyar

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what does the free indo-pacific mean?


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translation: hans are actually worried about quad + 3

if france, britain and new zealand join the QUAD to contain china, it will hurt the hans. hence this rhetoric.

and oh, the south china sea belongs to us. the indian ocean is negotiable.

Indian media read too much into Macron's visit
By Long Xingchun Source:Global Times Published: 2018/3/15
The Indian Ocean is not an ocean belonging to India, the US or France, but ought to be a "free and open" sea. If any country wants to do anything vicious, the surrounding countries will protest and China can also deal with it. 

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can indian IT services firms really reinvent themselves? hope so

'The new mantra is, reskill or perish'
March 15, 2018 08:35 IST
'30 to 40% of the industry needs to be reskilled as existing jobs will go to automation.'
'Reskilling is required as some existing jobs will not be required in the future.'
With artificial intelligence, cloud computing, automation, virtual reality, Big Data analytics, 3D printing, etc expected to take over the world, there is an urgent need to re-skill and upskill India's techies.
It is with the intention to upskill 4 million IT employees that Nasscom launched the Future Skills Platform earlier in February.
"I have no doubt that India will play not just a major role, but a dominant role in the adoption of new technologies," Nasscom Chairman Raman Roy, left, below, tells's Shobha Warrier.

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no point trying to kowtow to china

Running scared of China
Amulya Ganguli | March 16, 2018
The Chinese are not impressed by a timorous attitude. Instead, they will regard it as just the kind of behaviour they expect from a weaker country.
If India does not want to go down in their estimation, it should not be afraid of letting Beijing know that the acceptance of the Chinese occupation of Tibet does not mean that India will treat those who escaped the dishonour of living under the yoke with disrespect.
The Modi government claims to be a far stronger, nationalistic entity than its predecessor. In no other field of geopolitics is the need for demonstrating its strength greater than on the Tibetan issue.

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