China releases documents its success story, Global Souths most reliable partner

Xinhua reported on Sunday that China’s State Council Information Office released a 43-page white paper on “China’s International Development Cooperation in the New Era” showcasing the country’s stunning successes in a variety of spheres. The New Era began after the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 2012 after Chinese President Xi… Continue reading China releases documents its success story, Global Souths most reliable partner

China’s military must be prepared to “act at any second”: President Xi

As the new year begins, the first order for the armed forces put forward by China’s President Xi Jinping was to emphasize the need for “full-time combat readiness” and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) must be ready to “act at any second”. The country’s armed forces kicked off this year’s military training and exercise on… Continue reading China’s military must be prepared to “act at any second”: President Xi

Indonesia potentially set to take on China and claim leadership of ‘moderate’ Islam

President Joko Widodo’s recent cabinet reshuffle suggests that Indonesia may adopt a more critical attitude towards China and reinforce government support for efforts by Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the world’s largest Muslim movement, to reform Islam and position the Southeast Asian state as a key player in a battle with Middle Eastern rivals for the soul of Islam. Mr.… Continue reading Indonesia potentially set to take on China and claim leadership of ‘moderate’ Islam

Great power rivalry: Should Iran choose China, Pakistan over India, US?

The three regional giants, Pak-China, and Iran with the three regional zones, South Asia, East Asia, and the Middle East have a pivotal role to play in trilateral cooperation. Iran, with its strategic and security sway in the Middle East duo with copious natural resources and ancient historic and cultural ties with the Central Asian… Continue reading Great power rivalry: Should Iran choose China, Pakistan over India, US?

G20 summit: Saudi Arabia under pressure to address human rights issues

Saudi Arabia has taken multiple steps to polish its tarnished image in advance of this weekend’s hosting of the virtual summit of the G20 that groups the world’s foremost economies and in anticipation of an incoming Biden administration in the United States that is expected to be critical of Riyadh and potentially more conciliatory towards… Continue reading G20 summit: Saudi Arabia under pressure to address human rights issues

Wife of former Korean K-Pop singer embraces Islam after him

The wife of a popular Korean YouTuber and former K-Pop singer, Daud Kim accepts Islam after him. Kim had announced her wife Mia had officially accepted Islam in a video on Monday. His wife already had a connection to Islam-her grandfather was Muslim but she belonged to the Russian Orthodox Church and lived in Kyrgyzstan… Continue reading Wife of former Korean K-Pop singer embraces Islam after him

Book review: Exploring the underemphasized reflections on BRI

Political scientists Alan Chong and Quang Min Pham bring with their edited volume, Critical Reflections on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (Palgrave MacMillan, 2020), originality as well as dimensions and perspectives to the discussion about the Belt and Road that are highly relevant but often either unrecognized or underemphasized. The book introduces a moral category… Continue reading Book review: Exploring the underemphasized reflections on BRI

Trouble for India: Sri Lanka elects anti-India Rajapaksa brothers

Sri Lanka’s ruling Rajapaksa brothers secured a two-thirds majority in a parliamentary election that will allow them to rewrite the constitution and increase their power, final results showed Friday. The United States, which had been highly critical of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s previous administration, immediately called on the new government to respect human rights and… Continue reading Trouble for India: Sri Lanka elects anti-India Rajapaksa brothers

Simmering Cauldron of South China Sea: Trump’s bullying antics

Washington especially with Trump, has a long record of bullying nations to meet its demands, changing regimes and of engaging in illegal wars of aggression in the Middle East, South and Central Asia and North Africa. After the demise of USSR and the end of Cold War, the US locked horns with another communist giant… Continue reading Simmering Cauldron of South China Sea: Trump’s bullying antics

Malaysia carries out inquisition of Al Jazeera journalists

Malaysian police Friday questioned five Australian journalists from Al Jazeera over a documentary about the plight of migrants which authorities have denounced as inaccurate, as the broadcaster expressed shock at the probe. The journalists were questioned in Malaysia over charges of sedition. The investigation into the Qatar-based network’s programme has added to concerns about a… Continue reading Malaysia carries out inquisition of Al Jazeera journalists