India could use the Quad — a grouping of India, Australia, Japan and the US — to do some heavy lifting in the face of Chinese munificence. Even here, New Delhi hesitates, wary of alienating Beijing on the one hand, and fearing its presence on the other. This hesitation, which had vanished in the first Modi tenure, seems to have returned. For now, it seems that what Xi wants, Xi will get. … [Read more...] about Politics | Xi Jinping’s Myanmar visit and the takeaways for India
"To demonstrate our commitment to OSUN, we are contributing $1 billion to it," said Soros in his traditional annual Davos address. It would seek to reach out to "places in need of high-quality education and in serving neglected populations" such as refugees, prisoners, the Roma and other displaced peoples like the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar, he said. … [Read more...] about George Soros pledges $1 billion to battle ‘would-be and actual dictators’
But in the US, Soros has been targeted by both centre-right leaders who despise him for his liberal views – former New York Rudy Guliani called him a “self-hating Jew” – and the extreme right, which accuses him of, well, nearly about everything. … [Read more...] about Meet George Soros: Legendary trader, billionaire philanthropist… and the ‘devil’ himself
While it is difficult to anticipate the future trajectory of the smaller outfits from Manipur, there are bright chances that the UNLF and the PLA would survive longer for two reasons. First, the twin groups have multiple sources of income from investments in different countries including Myanmar and they are not dependent entirely on extortion. The PLA, for instance, has a support base among the Meiteis in Bangladesh’s Sylhet and it still has a wide network in the country. Also, efforts are on by them to invest in business ventures in Myanmar, including in Chin and Rakhine states. … [Read more...] about Politics | How long will Northeast’s separatist outfits survive?
Pakistan has submitted a 650-page review report to the FATF on January 8. The report was submitted in response to 150 questions raised by the FATF regarding new Pakistani policies on money laundering. The report outlined the steps taken by Pakistan between October 2019 to January 2020 to implement the group's recommendations. … [Read more...] about Pakistan defends Chinese investment after US criticises CPEC project