18 September 2023

India needs G 20 Indian Diplomatic Model to resolve Sino India Border Issues

Rajiv Kumar Srivastava - Defence Commentator

G 20 provided an Evolving Successful Model of Indian Diplomatic Initiatives

Immediately on conclusion of G 20 summit, a group of five Indian Foreign Services officers came up on news identifying themselves for success of getting Delhi Declaration approval without any hiccups. Alongwith their profiles, it was underlined that this small group of Ministry of External Affairs officers went out of their way to get the consensus on the agreement. This group functioned and delivered results mainly for two reasons. One, they were specifically made responsible for achieving end results which were time bound. And two, national political aim was in sync with success of G 20 summit. High degree of diplomatic seriousness was visible. This success template was required for all the challenges this country faced externally, be it Pakistan or China and even transfer of nuclear, space, defence, energy and critical technologies.

Indian Diplomats Downplayed Seriousness of India –Tibet Border Issue

A cursory look at foreign equations with neighbouring countries will indicate that group of Indian diplomats or the Diplomatic Corps have avoided their direct involvement in resolving the India-China dispute. Since 1949, they could not give any out-of-the-box solution to the border dispute with China. A perfunctory study of the career profile of 27 Indian ambassadors posted to China after-independence, from 1950 to 2023, will reveal that all these media-savvy Indian diplomats used their tenure with China only to promote their personal career advancement. On one hand, political leaders were trying to find a solution to this complex problem, the other hand, these diplomats from Indian Foreign Service Group with brilliant minds in academia were trying to suppress vexed India China border issue. Their entire efforts appeared to have been focussed to prevent any untoward incident happening with China during their tenure. Whenever any incident happened, this diplomatic corps instead of getting to the bottom of these incidents and finding solutions, their entire energies were put behind diverting country's attention towards Chinese history or Chinese indifferences. The list of diplomats who attained prominent position after ambassadorship at China includes Shri K.R. Narayanan (07 July to 11 November 1978), the President of India. Shri Brijesh Mishra (19 April 1969 to 11 August 1973) and Shri Shiv Shankar Menon (03 August 2000 to 07 July 2003) both served as National Security Advisors. And now, current Foreign Minister Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar was the Ambassador to China from 12 August 2009 to 14 August 2013. The current External Affairs Minister's views on economic disparities between India and China as an obstacle to finding a solution actually reflected his disconnect with the common Indian sentiments towards China. He is probably not aware of the acute feelings towards China that exist in the heart of every Indian and the immense desire to take back lost land which is under Chinese illegal occupation. From the first Ambassador to China, Shri K.M. Panikkar (20 May 1950 to 12 September 1952) to Dr Subhramanyam Jaishankar, almost all these ambassadors wrote memoirs or monographs and spoke at length on China's history or contemporary economic issues, but none of them offered any practical solution to the border issue in open domain. They buried themselves only in diplomatic protocols. Similarly, 34 Foreign Secretaries have served country from 1948 to present 2023, their commitment and actions taken or initiated by them individually are recorded which now needs serious introspection and assess their individual contributions in shaping and implementing our national foreign policies towards China. Imagine the strategical fallout in region if the border issue with China is mitigated.


India has extended an offer of its Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) TEJAS to Argentina, while competing with the Ex-Danish F-16A/B fighter jets

Argentina's pursuit of bolstering its air combat capabilities with Ex-Danish F-16A/B fighter jets has encountered several challenges, notably in the realm of acquiring advanced Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missiles (BVRAAMs).

New Trade Routes, Old Challenges: India’s Diplomatic Milestone at the G20

Dr. Hasim Turker

The recent G20 summit in New Delhi stands out as a defining event in the annals of global diplomacy, culminating in a collective statement that exceeded expectations in both its scope and unity. This achievement is all the more remarkable when viewed against the multifaceted backdrop that framed the summit, which included fluctuating economic conditions, a growing ecological emergency, and, crucially, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Adding to the significance of the event was the unprecedented decision to grant the African Union a permanent seat in the G20, signaling a paradigmatic shift in the forum’s approach to international governance.

The Taliban have detained 18 staff, including a foreigner, from an Afghanistan

The Taliban have detained 18 staffers, including a foreigner, from a nongovernmental organization based in Afghanistan, the nonprofit group said Friday.

NGOs have come under greater scrutiny since the Taliban seized control of the country two years ago. The Taliban introduced harsh measures and barred Afghan women from education beyond the sixth grade as well as from public life and work, including working for NGOs. A U.S. watchdog reported earlier this year that the Taliban are harassing NGOs operating in the country.


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a bilateral meeting with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday ahead of the G20 Summit.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived here in the national capital on Friday to attend the G20 Summit which is being hosted by India this year.

The consequences of Russia’s war on Ukraine for climate action, food supply and energy security

Oli Brown

Russia’s war is, first and foremost, a calamity for the people of Ukraine, with large parts of the population thrown into poverty and displacement. But both in Ukraine and around the world, the war is also increasing vulnerability to climate change, proliferating security risks, complicating efforts on decarbonization and hindering multilateral climate action.

How China’s Belt and Road Took Over the World

Shannon Tiezzi

A Chinese worker directs another to load a container of China Railway Express onto a freight train bound to Europe at a railway station in Shanghai, China, May 16, 2017.

On September 7, 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a speech at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan. Titled “Work Together to Build the Silk Road Economic Belt,” the address evoked the history of the ancient Silk Road, which Xi traced back to a Chinese envoy in the 2nd century BC.


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China's DF-31A Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

A unit of China's Rocket Force uncovered 'shortcomings' during a field assessment of an exercise, the PLA Daily reported on Friday in a rare critique, suggesting gaps in combat readiness at the armed force overseeing conventional and nuclear missiles.

Saudi crown prince to give exclusive interview with Fox News

  • First major interview the crown prince has given to the American news network.
DUBAI: Fox News’ chief political anchor Bret Baier will present an exclusive interview with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman on Special Report on Sept. 20.

It is the first major interview the crown prince has given to the American news network.

Sudan conflict puts Darfur’s history of ethnic bloodletting on rewind

  • The UN has received credible reports of at least 13 mass graves in El-Geneina and its surrounding areas
  • UN officials sound the alarm over“identity-based attacks,” with civilians “targeted on the basis of race”

NAIROBI, Kenya: Darfur, a part of Sudan that is no stranger to ethnic violence and genocide, is once again making similar headlines, following the discovery of mass graves amid a prolonged power struggle between two Sudanese generals that has reduced entire cities to rubble and triggered a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions.

When the World Misses Climate Change Targets, This Is What Happens Next

Dave Levitan

When the countries of the world signed the Paris Agreement in 2015, their ambitious goal of keeping warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels was considered difficult, but achievable. Three years later, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report on the 1.5-degree target made the challenge more plain, warning that there were only about 12 years for the world to get its act together enough to meet the mark.

Biden has totally failed to curb plastics pollution; I have a plan to fix it


Global expansion of plastic production, especially with single-use plastics, has created a crisis for human health and the environment. President Biden has failed to confront the problem. He has focused on false environmental solutions that waste billions of taxpayer dollars, as plastic pollution rapidly gets worse.

Plastic waste is so ubiquitous that it has entered the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe and even our blood. Some of the toxic chemicals used in everyday items such as plastic packaging can cause cancer and birth defects.

Lee Headed Towards Canadian Maritimes

Lee continues to speed northward towards the Canadian Maritimes this weekend. Meanwhile, Margot continues to churn in the open central Atlantic, but will only be a threat to shipping lanes.

As of 8 a.m. AST (EDT), Lee is now a Post-Tropical Cyclone and was located near 42.7N and 66.2W, or about 160 miles south-southeast of Eastport, Maine, or about 185 miles south-southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Lee’s top sustained winds are 80 mph, which makes it a Category 1 equivalent hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale. Lee is speeding north at 25 mph, and its minimum central pressure is 965 mb, or 28.50 inches of mercury.

Weekend Weather Outlook

Post-Tropical Cyclone Lee will bring tropical trouble to eastern New England this weekend, while multiple cold fronts create soggy, stormy weather in targeted areas of the U.S.

Post-Tropical Cyclone Lee will draw closer to the Northeast and the Canadian Maritimes today. It will make landfall this afternoon over southwestern Nova Scotia. Rain will be likely throughout eastern New England, with the heaviest rain occurring in Maine during the afternoon and evening. Breezy to strong winds will also be expected, highest in Maine and along the eastern New England coast.

Cameroon's SDF denounce separatists' attempts to disrupt return to school

Paul Njie

Cameroon's opposition Social Democratic Front (SDF) party has condemned recent acts of violence by Anglophone separatist fighters aimed at preventing children in the country’s two restive English-speaking regions from effectively resuming school.

Public sector company ITI develops its own branded laptop, micro PC

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Public sector telecommunications company ITI Limited said on Monday that it has developed its own branded laptop and micro PC with international standards and launched them in the market

ITI said in a press release that the products have already been distributed in the market, and that the company has won many tenders competing against MNC brands like Acer, HP, Dell and Lenovo.

US partners in Asia can act as ‘counterweight’ to China, says Army Pacific commander

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About a dozen countries are participating in more than 40 exercises with the U.S. military across the Indo-Pacific region, but none of those exercise scenarios involves China attacking Taiwan. However, that “doesn’t really matter,” the head of U.S. Army Pacific said Wednesday.

What’s more important, he said, is the trend of Asian nations exercising together, building technical connections, and “collectively acting as a counterweight to irresponsible, and overly aggressive behavior.”

Can the US work with Russia in Nagorno-Karabakh?


The geopolitical repercussions from the war in Ukraine continue to reverberate across Eurasia.

With global attention preoccupied by Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, Azerbaijan has been depriving the estimated 120,000 ethnic Armenian population in the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh access to humanitarian aid in a blockade that has lasted over eight months and has recently intensified.

Much to Armenia’s consternation, the 2,000 Russian peacekeeping forces stationed in the enclave since the most recent round of fighting in 2020 have appeared ineffective in the face of increasing Azerbaijani pressure against the besieged Armenian population.

Ukraine and Russia in High-Stakes Battle for the Black Sea

Joshua Keating

Ukraine’s battle for the Black Sea is heating up.

In what Ukraine’s intelligence service described as a “unique operation,” the country’s special forces claimed to have captured two Russian-occupied oil platforms in the Black Sea on Monday. The platforms, known as the “Boyko Towers,” had been under Russian control since the annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Macron’s slow but bold U-turn on Ukraine


The French president has now picked up the mantle as one of Ukraine's strongest allies, pledging support "until victory." 

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron missed the boat on Ukraine.

Faced with Russia’s military build-up and subsequent invasion of its neighbor, Macron dove down a rabbit hole of fruitless talks with Vladimir Putin. At a moment when he could have taken the helm as the leader of Europe, he miscalculated and failed to seize the political initiative.

How AI Could Upend Geopolitics

Ever since the company OpenAI unveiled ChatGPT last year, there have been constant warnings about the effects of artificial intelligence on just about everything.

Ian Bremmer, the founder of the Eurasia Group, and Mustafa Suleyman, founder of the AI companies DeepMind and Inflection AI, highlight what may be the most significant effect in a new essay for Foreign Affairs. They argue that AI will transform power, including the power balance between states and the companies driving the new technology. Policymakers are already behind the curve, they warn, and if they do not catch up soon, it is possible they never will.

AI and the New Digital Cold War

Hemant Taneja and Fareed Zakaria

We are entering a new world order, one marked by increased nationalism and greater geopolitical competition. While countries are not going to undo all of the global economic systems that took shape under American unipolarity for the past three decades, certain critical sectors will become decoupled in a process we have previously referred to as “re-globalization.”

How TikTok Became a Hotbed of Brand Misinformation


Photographs of demonic statues perched on store shelves flash through the TikTok video as eerie music plays in the background. "Apparently Hobby Lobby has a crap-ton of Baphomet [satanic] and demon-like statues just on the shelves right now, which is really confusing because Hobby Lobby is a super Christian-based company," the unnamed narrator says.

The video is the first result that appeared on a list of videos when a NewsGuard analyst searched "Hobby Lobby" on TikTok. Contrary to the narrator's claims, the arts and crafts retail company does not sell demonic statues, and the photos shown in the video were AI-generated.

China, Russia will use cyber to sow chaos if war starts, Pentagon says

Colin Demarest

WASHINGTON — China and Russia are prepared to unleash a flurry of cyberattacks on U.S. critical infrastructure and defense networks should war break out, according to a Pentagon strategy unveiled this week.

Such tactics, meant to sow chaos, divert precious resources and paralyze military mobilization, were observed in Eastern Europe during Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine, a conflict that colors the Pentagon’s new 2023 Cyber Strategy. An unclassified summary of the document was made public Sept. 12.

DOD Releases 2023 Cyber Strategy Summary

Today, the Department of Defense (DOD) released an unclassified summary of its classified 2023 Cyber Strategy.

The 2023 DOD Cyber Strategy, which DOD transmitted to Congress in May, is the baseline document for how the Department is operationalizing the priorities of the 2022 National Security Strategy, 2022 National Defense Strategy, and the 2023 National Cybersecurity Strategy. It builds upon the 2018 DOD Cyber Strategy and will set a new strategic direction for the Department.

What the U.S. Can Learn From China About Regulating AI

Matt Sheehan

On Sept. 13, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will hold a closed-door AI Insight Forum to inform how Congress should approach regulating artificial intelligence. Among the attendees will be Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, as well as representatives from U.S. labor and civil society organizations.

China’s new satellites extend its military reach, US says


New and better satellites are enabling China’s military to project power further into the Pacific and to more effectively threaten Taiwan, the Space Force’s top intelligence leader said Tuesday.

China’s rapid deployment of new space capabilities has allowed it to project power further into the Pacific and more effectively threaten Taiwan, Maj. Gen. Greg Gagnon, deputy chief of space operations for intelligence, said Tuesday.

180 minutes to kill: Can the Air Force update EW within 3 hours of detecting a new threat?


A lot has to happen in those 180 minutes. A frontline unit must transmit the data it’s collected back to the 350th Wing. Then the 350th’s human experts and AI algorithms must analyze that data, figure out how to retune existing systems to counter the new threat, and generate an updated set of known threats and countermeasures, called a Mission Data File — in different formats for different kinds of aircraft. Finally the 350th must transmit those new MDFs to units across the world.