Thursday, June 15, 2017

Fwd: Musing on London bridge+Pakistan role in mideast crisis+Myanmar looks to China

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From: Sanjeev Nayyar

1. S.S. Khaplang's death reopens Naga Pandemonium Box 15.6.17 by sudeep c
2. Myanmar looks to China 15.6.17 by G Parthasarathy
The long-running ethnic insurgencies in Myanmar now involve the dominant majority, Bamars, facing 22 armed groups comprising ethnic minorities. Among the strongest of these groups are the United WA State Army (UWSA), with 25,000 well-armed cadres, and the 5,000-strong Kachin Independence Army (KIA), which operates across the India-China-Myanmar tri-junction. Both these groups receive weapons and logistical support from China. The KIA has backed India's northeastern separatist groups like ULFA and the NSCN (Khaplang), in consultation with government officials in China's neighbouring Yunnan province. The Chinese have equipped the UWSA with sophisticated weapons that are used in Myanmar's insurgency ridden Shan state. Cross-border attacks by the UWSA are a major instrument of China to pressure Myanmart reportedly China persuaded the UWSA recently to accept a ceasefire. It is acting similarly with the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO). China's envoy to Myanmar has 'facilitated' talks with the KIO — a development India should closely monitort reportedly persuaded the UWSA recently to accept a ceasefire. It is acting similarly with the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO). China's envoy to Myanmar has 'facilitated' talks with the KIO — a development India should closely monitor."
India has to recognise the reality that it cannot match China in weapons supply or in a range of infrastructure and industrial projects.The main area, which has won us gratitude, is vocational training and education facilities for Myanmar personnel.
We need to review and restructure our economic cooperation with Myanmar, with increasing focus on assisting populations living close to our borders, through imaginative schemes for education, health, communications and small/village industries.'
3. CPEC: the need for a second look by India 15.6.17 by ranjit singh k
Over the years Pakistan has tried assiduously to maintain that PoK and GB are two separate entities. There is no mention of GB as a part of Pakistan in the various constitutions of Pakistan, be it the 1956, 1962, 1972 or the 1973 constitution. Even the Sino-Pak Agreement of 1963 states in Article VI that "after the settlement of Kashmir by India and Pakistan, the sovereign authority will reopen negotiations with the People's Republic of China..." Thus both Pakistan and China admit that presently they do not exercise sovereignty over GB till a final settlement is reached.
Pakistan prefers to rule GB directly rather than through the PoK authorities.'
4. The 'balancing act' of India's membership to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation 13.6.17 by Kanwal Sibal
That Pakistan should have been given preference for membership over Iran and Afghanistan which have major economic, cultural and direct security ties with Central Asian states reflects China's noxious clout.
India's membership will have other difficult aspects. We will have to decide on our participation along with Pakistan in SCO's joint military exercises.'

5. Beyond Rescinding the Xiangshan Forum 15.6.17 by lt gen prakash katoch
6.Pakistan role in mideast crisis 15.6.17 by talat masood
In a region where free speech is considered criminal activity Al Jazeera has become highly contentious. Its more vocal and independent reporting of events is unacceptable to insecure and authoritarian regimes of the Middle East.
Historically, Pakistan has never taken sides in intra-Arab feuds. In the Yemen conflict too Pakistan took a neutral position.However, the recent visit of a Qatari delegation to Lahore and its meeting with Shahbaz Sharif and Nawaz Sharif's visit to Saudi Arabia this week suggest Pakistan's efforts at defusing the crisis.'
Combating the new range of threats posed by the IS will also require political settlements in Syria and Iraq.'
9. Rogue state's threats are designed to increase leverage with U.S. and China 15.6.17 by peter s. kim
Warm Regards
sanjeev nayyar
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