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China Accuses EU Of Imposing ‘unacceptable’ Preconditions On Visit To Xinjiang Province
China, Human Rights

China Accuses EU Of Imposing ‘unacceptable’ Preconditions On Visit To Xinjiang Province

Amid rising concern over the widespread forced labour, China has now accused the European Union (EU) of imposing “unacceptable” preconditions on a visit to Xinjiang province. According to ANI, the Chinese mission to the EU said that Beijing has invited diplomats from the EU and its member states posted in China to visit Xinjiang many times. However, it added that the trip has “not materialised” due to preconditions set by the EU side, which are “unacceptable to any sovereign state”. The Chinese mission to the EU said, "China has sent an invitation to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit Xinjiang and the two sides have been in constant communication". It added, "Beijing has invited diplomats from the EU and its member states posted in China to visit Xinjiang many times. Howe...
Operation Mincemeat: True Spy Story From World War II That Helped Britain Defeat Germany
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Operation Mincemeat: True Spy Story From World War II That Helped Britain Defeat Germany

In the heights of World War II, British intelligence officers hatched an audacious plan to pass off an anonymous and unidentified dead body from a London morgue as an officer in possession of top-secret documents. Not only were they successful in making the Germans believe this was a legitimate plan, but it also paved way for one of the greatest stealth victories the Allied powers witnessed before the war conclusively ended. What is Operation Mincemeat? British intelligence officers in an effort to throw Germans off-track launched Operation Mincemeat. In April 1943, a nearly half decomposed corpse was seen floating off Southern Spain’s Huelva coast. The corpse was first spotted by fishermen in the area who notified the incident to Spanish coast guards. Word quickly spread and when the co...
Biden’s Dangerous Doctrine
China, Human Rights, Politics

Biden’s Dangerous Doctrine

Biden’s choice of target is no surprise. China is the closest thing to a peer competitor the United States has faced in 30 years. It’s led by an increasingly abusive, aggressive, and tyrannical regime. China’s actions, in manufacturing, technology, trade, or cybersecurity, directly affect millions of Americans every day, in a way you can’t say about Russia or any other country. So Biden’s decision to confront Beijing and make that confrontation central to his foreign policy makes political sense. Six months into U.S. President Joe Biden’s term, the race is already on to identify a Biden Doctrine: an organizing principle that can explain the president’s overarching foreign policy. In the last few weeks, several pundits have zeroed in on the global contest between democracies and autocracie...
A Famous Buddhist Teacher Is Under Fire for Backing Myanmar’s Junta
China, Human Rights, Politics, Religion

A Famous Buddhist Teacher Is Under Fire for Backing Myanmar’s Junta

Sitagu Sayadaw’s participation and endorsement in the democratic movement of the late 1980s against the authoritarian Tatmadaw, the Myanmar name for the armed forces, now stands in sharp contrast to his acceptance of military rule during the recent coup. Dressed in their green army dress uniforms, Maj. Gen. Tun Tun Naung and his regional commanders took off their shoes and knelt before the bald Buddhist monk in his red-brown robe. Extending their arms and giving the monk dana (gifts and offerings), they listened to him and then praised his wisdom. It was Feb. 4, just three days after the latest military coup consolidated the military’s supreme power in Myanmar, and the junta was paying tribute to one of the most powerful religious figures in the country, Sitagu Sayadaw (also known as Ashi...
The Long and Infuriating History of Bad Olympic Bosses
China, Human Rights, Politics

The Long and Infuriating History of Bad Olympic Bosses

But that’s precisely the problem: a majority of Japanese citizens believe that the Olympic spectacle, even without fans in the stands, should not be proceeding amid a pandemic that resists adequate containment. They argue that Bach’s IOC puts revenues from TV broadcasts and corporate sponsorships above the safety of athletes and the general public. Even Toyota, Japan’s premier Olympic sponsor, has decided not to run Olympic-themed advertisements during the Games: Who wants to be associated with a plague? Bach himself did nothing to improve his image with locals by mistakenly referring to the Japanese people as “Chinese” at a news conference. As the one-year-delayed 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic festival finally gets underway this week, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Ba...
Republic Top 10 Headlines: PDP’s Panel Meet; BSP Chief Lambasted; IAF To Counter Drones
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Republic Top 10 Headlines: PDP’s Panel Meet; BSP Chief Lambasted; IAF To Counter Drones

IAF To Acquire 10 'Made In India' Anti-drone Systems To Counter Attacks After Jammu Blasts In a bid to counter future drone attacks, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has initiated a process to acquire 10 counter unmanned aircraft systems for deployment at various airbases in India. After the twin drone attacks at the IAF station in Jammu, the airforce had floated a Request for Information (RFI) inviting bids for anti-drone systems. Read full story here Breakthrough For Centre As All Major J&K Parties Sans PDP To Meet Delimitation Panel Today In a major breakthrough for the Centre, all major political parties in Jammu and Kashmir barring for PDP have agreed to meet the Delimitation Commission on Tuesday, July 6. This comes days after PM Modi chaired a meeting of 14 leading politicians of J&K ...
Why Did Modi Meet With Kashmiri Leaders?
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Why Did Modi Meet With Kashmiri Leaders?

The highlights this week: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches out to leaders in Indian-administered Kashmir , Bangladesh locks down to curb a COVID-19 surge , and a new report highlights India’s offensive cyber-deficiencies . Welcome to Foreign Policy’s South Asia Brief. The highlights this week: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches out to leaders in Indian-administered Kashmir, Bangladesh locks down to curb a COVID-19 surge, and a new report highlights India’s offensive cyber-deficiencies. If you would like to receive South Asia Brief in your inbox every Thursday, please sign up here. Modi’s Kashmir Gamble Nearly two years ago, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi revoked Article 370, the constitutional clause that gave the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir its special ...
Congress Can’t Agree on a Massive China Bill
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Congress Can’t Agree on a Massive China Bill

So before you stock up on fireworks and hotdogs for the holiday weekend, let’s dive into the big news of the week. Welcome again, friends and readers, to Foreign Policy ’s SitRep. Jack and Robbie here, back for another rundown on all things national security in Washington. Welcome again, friends and readers, to Foreign Policy’s SitRep. Jack and Robbie here, back for another rundown on all things national security in Washington. So before you stock up on fireworks and hotdogs for the holiday weekend, let’s dive into the big news of the week. Here’s what’s on tap for the day: The House starts to debate a massive China bill, Biden picks an ambassador to Germany, and the complex legacy of Donald Rumsfeld. If you would like to receive Situation Report in your inbox every Thursday, please s...
The Chinese Communist Party Has Always Been Nationalist
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The Chinese Communist Party Has Always Been Nationalist

In the 1790s, as President George Washington was settling into his first term of office in the United States, the Qing dynasty was at its height. But over the next few decades, repeated provincial unrest, foreign depredations, and a sclerotic government led some officials to sense that China was entering decline. Concerned by the Qing dynasty’s slide, officials like Wei Yuan began to urgently resurrect a tradition in Chinese intellectual history that focused on the state’s pursuit of “wealth and power” (富强) as opposed to the more typical Confucian tradition of “rule of the virtuous”(德治). When China’s ongoing domestic decay collided with European imperial ambition in the disastrous First Opium War, China’s “century of humiliation” began—launching a search among many to find the means to rec...
China Mainland Reports 40 New COVID-19 Positive Cases; 39 In Jiangsu & 1 In Liaoning
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China Mainland Reports 40 New COVID-19 Positive Cases; 39 In Jiangsu & 1 In Liaoning

The Chinese mainland on Sunday logged 40 new locally transmitted COVID-10 positive cases, including 39 in Jiangsu and one in Liaoning. However, no new deaths took place due to COVID-19 in China in the past 24 hours. As per china.org.cn reports, several other parts of China also recorded new Coronavirus cases on Sunday, including 18 in Yunnan, eight in Guangdong, five in Fujian, two each in Inner Mongolia, and Henan, and one in Beijing. In the last 24 hours, China reported a total of 7,246 cases on Sunday on the mainland, taking the overall tally mark of the mainland to 92,605. Out of 7,246 COVID-19 positive cases, a total of 6,654 people have been recovered and discharged from the hospitals, while 592 are still fighting against the viral disease. Apart from 87,228 overall recovered cases ...