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Archive for the tag “Diplomat”

A Soviet Nerve Agent Triggers A New Cold War

The poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter earlier this month has significantly worsened already tense relations between Moscow and the West. The crime marks the first chemical weapons attack on Western Europe since the end of World War II. 

Read Here – Der Spiegel

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Will The Communist Party Give China’s Top Diplomat More Say?

As Beijing scrambles to wrap up preparations for China’s quinquennial leadership reshuffle this month, calls have been mounting for the head of the country’s foreign policy establishment to be elevated into the Communist Party’s top echelon of power.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

Mind The Power Gap

To be sure, Delhi is now far more conscious of the existential challenges that the power gap with Beijing generates. This awareness, however, is yet to be matched by a sense of urgency across the government. Consider the following: China has been transforming the southern tip of Sri Lanka and the western seaboard of Myanmar over the last few years. But Delhi can’t seem to bestir itself into doing something with its forgotten national asset in the Bay of Bengal — the Andaman and Nicobar Island chain.

Read Here – The Indian Express

U.S. And Russia Brawl Over Race For U.N. Chief

Washington, which is believed to want a woman in the U.N. role, has been backing Argentina’s foreign minister in the secretive selection process, U.N. sources say. Meanwhile, U.N. sources say Russia is angling for a female Bulgarian diplomat with family ties to the Soviet Union, a nod to its desire to see an Eastern European in the job.

Read Here – Politico

More On Nannygate

There are complex historical reasons for India’s outrage over the recent arrest of one of its diplomats.

Read Here – The Diplomat

Nanny Scandal Tests India-U.S. Ties

There’s a major diplomatic rift developing between the United States and India over the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York for underpaying her nanny.

Read Here – Slate

China And Contradiction

Why does China undermine its patient diplomacy with sudden announcements like the ADIZ?

Read Here – The Diplomat

It Gets Tough For People Smugglers

People smugglers find business tougher as the Australian government’s crackdown begins to have an impact.

Read Here – The Diplomat

Damming The Mekong

A new dam proposed by Laos threatens further damage to the troubled Mekong and its inhabitants.

Read Here – The Diplomat

Race To Rooftops

China’s 850 cities are witnessing the largest urbanization movement in human history. By 2025 China is expected to have 221 cities with over a million inhabitants and 23 cities with more than 5 million people. Such explosive urban growth is straining Chinese infrastructure.

Read Here – The Diplomat

 

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