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China is trying to expand its territorial waters to the disadvantage of smaller countries close by.

The Middle East is back, and back with a bang. For some time now, the West — the United States of America in particular — had lulled itself into believing that if it would only ignore the region, its problems would go away. 

A vast revolution in military affairs is taking place across East Asia. The latest signs are Chinese President Xi Jinping's purge of General Xu Caihou, an ex-Politburo member and former vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, on charges of corruption, and Japan's “reinterpretation” of Article 9 of its constitution to permit the country to provide military aid to its allies.

India is not the only country coming to terms with the mounting challenge of protecting its citizens abroad. New Delhi has Beijing for company. The Indians and Chinese have, for centuries, migrated to distant corners of the world. The overseas Chinese population, estimated to be around 50 million, is nearly double that of India. If we include Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Nepalese and Sri Lankans, the size of the subcontinental diaspora is indeed comparable with China’s. As ancient and highly populated regions, China and the Indian subcontinent have for long shaped global migration patterns.   
We have all heard the saying, “Sunshine is the best disinfectant.” That is particularly true where Asian security is concerned. Indeed, I believe that a framework under which Asian governments publicly disclose their military budgets needs to be established if we are to build trust and avoid a regional arms race.

The International Institute for Strategic Studies' (IISS) Asia Security Summit – or Shangri-La Dialogue, is an annual meeting of defence ministers, permanent heads of ministries and military chiefs of states located in the Asia-Pacific region writes Obja Borah Hazarika

China provoked a furious Vietnamese reaction by sending a deep-water oil-drilling rig into the disputed waters off the Paracel Islands recently. Incensed Vietnamese mobs attacked Chinese factories, killing at least two Chinese workers, injuring over a hundred. China was forced to evacuate over 3,000 of its citizens from Vietnam. China claims the whole of the South China Sea as its own and has disputes with several countries, over its egregious claims of sovereignty over islands in these waters.  
South Asian regionalism is governed mostly by the Saarc. Over its 29 years of existence, Saarc has some achievements to its credit, but in economic areas like trade and investments, Saarc's record remains far from satisfactory. Intra-regional trade still accounts for only 6 % despite 10 years of regional trade stimulus by Sapta and 8 years by Safta.   
Many of those proffering ideas to India's new prime minister are suggesting he should emulate Richard Nixon who belied his reputation as a fierce anti-communist with an audacious diplomatic breakthrough to make an American peace with China. But a far more apt exemplar for Narendra Modi would be Mikhail Gorbachev, who assumed power in Moscow in circumstances, so far as Soviet relations with China were concerned, with a great deal in common with India's today.  

India's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is hosting a three-day ‘Advanced Human Rights Education Programme’ facilitated by the Asia Pacific  Forum (APF) which began in New Delhi June 11. 


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