Sunday, February 26, 2017

Fwd: Pakistan: Water Crisis and the Indus Water Treaty+The reality of the India-China strategic dialogue+Taliban’s strange new friends


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From: Sanjeev Nayyar


1. China should hire Indian science, high-tech talent to maintain innovation ability 24.2.17 http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1034650.shtml
SN – Hope GOI and Indians do not get in by this flattery.
 
2. South China Sea Imbroglio: PLA's Grand Strategy of 'Unrestricted Warfare' 23.2.17 by maj gen rajiv narayanan http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/south-china-sea-imbroglio-plas-grand-strategy-of-unrestricted-warfare/
 
3. Winning Hearts and Minds in J&K: At Whose Cost? 24.2.17 by brig deepak sinha http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/winning-hearts-and-minds-in-jk-at-whose-cost/
SN – We are a strange country. Kashmiris along with Pakis killed and drove out the Pandits, are responsible for violence, do not pay taxes and we are still trying to win their hears since 1947.
 
4. Pakistan: Water Crisis and the Indus Water Treaty 24.2.17 by Dr S Chandrasekharan
Put simply, if only India observes the treaty in letter and spirit in fully utilising the waters allotted to it, Pakistan will be in serious trouble.  This would need some explanation.
Though the Indian side is allowed to use 20 percent of the western rivers, it has hardly used more than 4 percent of the waters of the western rivers and more importantly Indian farmers have not fully utilised even the waters of eastern rivers either, thus letting the waters flow freely into Pakistan. Ironic that Indian Punjab would let go waters to Pakistan than share some with their own brethren in Haryana!Though the Indian side is allowed to use 20 percent of the western rivers, it has hardly used more than 4 percent of the waters of the western rivers and more importantly Indian farmers have not fully utilised even the waters of eastern rivers either, thus letting the waters flow freely into Pakistan. Ironic that Indian Punjab would let go waters to Pakistan than share some with their own brethren in Haryana!
The Baglihar project that was objected to by Pakistan was examined in detail earlier by a neutral expert. He had suggested a reduction of the dam's height by 1.5 metres but did not object to the right of India to construct dams- a point that has been lost sight of by Pakistan and its media.
Pakistan had also approached the Obama administration and now is getting China involved as part of "water security" in the CPEC project of China.  It is to be noted that neither the US nor China has any locus standi in the disputes arising out of the Indus Water Treaty. Even the World Bank comes in not as a guarantor but as a "facilitator."
 
5. The reality of the India-China strategic dialogue Editorial MINT 24.2.17 Good read http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/TtuTsD7Cwbo1nLKDeLDJ4K/The-reality-of-the-IndiaChina-strategic-dialogue.html
On paper, the countries have had a strategic partnership since 2005—but there are no areas of convergence in the foreseeable future.'
 
6. Trump's China challenge by Brahma C 24.2.17 https://chellaney.net/2017/02/24/trumps-china-challenge/
 
7. Taliban's strange new friends by Brahma C 24.2.17 https://chellaney.net/2017/02/24/talibans-strange-new-foreign-friends/
Russia and Iran, the traditional patrons of the Northern Alliance, are now openly mollycoddling the Taliban and giving it political succour. In this effort, they have the cooperation of China and Pakistan, thus creating a regional axis. This development represents a shot in the arm for the Taliban's fight against U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan and the government in Kabul.
In order to cultivate ties with the Taliban, whose top leadership remains holed up in Pakistan's Balochistan province, Russia is befriending Islamabad. '
 
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sanjeev nayyar
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