Month: July 2017

600 yrs after Zhang He, first base overseas: Reading signals from China’s new military base at Africa’s Horn

600 yrs after Zhang He, first base overseas: Reading signals from China’s new military base at Africa’s Horn

600 yrs after Zhang He, first base overseas: Reading signals from China’s new military base at Africa’s Horn

In the first quarter of the 15th century, the great Chinese admiral Zheng He sailed in the Indian Ocean, carrying seven expeditions to Indonesia, Southeast Asia, India and even the Horn of Africa. According to the medieval Chinese records, its huge 1405 expedition included 27,800 men and a fleet of 62 treasure, with the support of about 190 small vessels.

Zheng He’s travels were considered earlier and were larger shipments of Christophe Colomb.
China’s great maritime tradition, however, was disrupted by the Haijin, or banning the sea, imposed by its imperial leaders as part of the defense against pirates in the South China Sea.

This week, Beijing has dispatched personnel in Djibouti, its first overseas military base, marked the official return of Chinese maritime expansionism – and sent some tremors of concern in the world capitals, including New Delhi.

“In recent years, the government and the EPL sponsored a campaign to promote a sense of the ocean among civilians.

Now the country is represented both as a continental power and a Pacific power. Contrary to the traditional view of the yellow culture that glorified the history of central China, Chinese scholars now want to bring their people a notion of blue culture (the culture of the ocean), “You Ji, Professor of the School of Politics, University of New South Wales, Australia, wrote in the book, China increased nationalism and interdependence.

In the chapter “A Navy Blue Water, What’s Important” that is currently professor and head of the government department of Public Administration at the University of Macau, recalled the legendary blue water trips of Zheng He:

“The message is clear.If China had developed a sense of the ocean 600 years ago, it would have long been a superpower if China always adheres to its policy of yellow land, it will never accept its rightful place in the world.

As two Chinese Navy warships abandoned the Zhanjiang military port of Guangdong to Djibouti Tuesday with an unlimited number of soldiers on board, an editorial in the state of the Global Times focused on the strategic importance of the new facility in the Mouth of the Red Sea.

“No doubt this is the first base on the outside of the People’s Liberation Army and we will base the troops there. This is not a commercial order point … This base can support China’s navy to go further, which means Much, “the paper said.

However, the Global Times also said that the main role of the base would be to support Chinese warships in anti-piracy and humanitarian missions in the region. “It does not seek to control the world,” he said.

But for many who watch China’s maritime ambitions, the establishment of overseas base in East Africa suggests a fundamental change in Beijing declared “up-to-date” policy.

This also raises the possibility of an “advanced deployment” from India – Gwadar port in Pakistan, where deployment is currently proposed to “protect” the Chinese workers at the facility.

Anyway, some of the South Block officials have pointed out, Djibouti is only 1525 nautical miles from Gwadar – a distance that can be traversed in approximately 6 days at sea.

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Recommended by Kiwi woman killed watching plane take off on Caribbean island

Recommended by Kiwi woman killed watching plane take off on Caribbean island

Kiwi woman killed watching plane take off on Caribbean island

A New Zealand woman, who died after being hit by the blast of a plane to St Maarten in the Caribbean came to the island in a private boat.

The 57-year-old tourist died after being seriously injured when he was snatched by the departure of a Boeing 737 from 18 pm Wednesday (local time), police St Maarten reported, adding that she was one of many people who Were on the airport fence you see the takeoff.

The woman stood on the airport fence, watched the takeoff before being killed.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said that the High Commissioner of New Zealand in Barbados was in contact with the relatives of the woman’s parents and was providing consular assistance.

The Tourism Director of St. Maarten Tourism Bureau, Rolando Brison said that he had talked with members of the woman’s family to the hospital.

“They are obviously very distressed,” Brison said.

Police said the proximity of the airstrip at Princess Juliana International Airport on Maho Beach was an attraction for tourists from around the world.

“Many tourists come to the island to experience the thrill of approaching landing (sic) aircraft flying over their heads and clinging to the airport closure and getting in the way of a large plane.

The fence at the end of the track is on the ground, and there are some low walls between it and the beach.

The fence at the end of the track is on the ground, and there are some low walls between it and the beach.

Brison said the family of the dead woman knew the danger. “They’re sorry, that’s unfortunate. They knew the danger, they just did not think it would end.”

Family members were assisted, including transportation to the funeral home, as they arrived on the island on a personal boat. It was confirmed that they were from New Zealand, Brison said.

The tourist office has sent their condolences to the family.

The police statement said the woman who died was one of the many people who were at the airport shutdown during the takeoff of a large plane

When the paramedics arrived on the scene, the woman “does not respond very well.” Local media reports said he hit his head on the concrete.

Police said the woman was transferred to San Martin Medical Center, but died shortly after her injuries.

Airport and other local authorities have taken all necessary measures such as the appearance of signs to warn the public not to oppose the explosion of the plane because of the danger, police said.

“The police daily watches over the area during difficult times to warn people to stay away from the area of ​​the aircraft to take off.”

Brison said other measures were discussed “to ensure that this isolated incident remains the only one of its kind on the island.”

The end of the airport runway is separated from the Maho beach by a two-lane road. Many songs on YouTube show people standing on a wire mesh fence between the end of the track and the road.

There is also a small, apparently concrete wall between the lanes on the road and another wall where the road meets the beach.

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Donald Trump deeply saddened by death of Liu Xiaobo: White House

Donald Trump deeply saddened by death of Liu Xiaobo: White House

Donald Trump deeply saddened by death of Liu Xiaobo: White House

US President Donald Trump is deeply saddened by the death of Chinese nobleman Liu Xiaobo, the White House said. Liu, 61, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 in jail and was represented by an empty chair at the ceremony in Oslo, died Thursday because of organ failure after a fight against cancer While still in custody.

“President Donald J Trump was deeply saddened to hear of the death of the Nobel Peace Prize winner and the very important Chinese political prisoner Liu Xiaobo,” said White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

“The president’s condolences go to Liu Xiaobo’s wife, Liu Xia, and his family and friends.

A poet, a scholar and a brave defender Liu Xiaobo dedicates his life to the pursuit of democracy and freedom, “Spicer said in a statement.

Today the world lost a hero of freedom and freedom, said Senator Ted Cruz, Republican Senator from Texas.

Liu Xiaobo, a voice of the voiceless and the defender of the oppressed in communist China, has died. Although the physical cause of death is cancer, the main battle Dr. Liu was one of the souls, he said.

Since leaving America’s security and comfort to head the protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989, Liu has sealed his fate as a home to the persistent persecution of the authoritarian People’s Republic of China, Cruz said.

“Re-education through work” and deprivation of property to unjust imprisonment and physical mistreatment, Liu has violated the Communist Party’s rage for having dared to question his system of immoral political oppression as co-author of “Letter 08” A manifesto of Chinese freedom that comes now more than ever, he added.

Senator John McCain said that Liu Xiaobo’s death in a Chinese prison represents a flagrant violation of fundamental human rights that Dr. Liu has spent his life.

“Unfortunately, as Dr. Liu would have wished to remind everyone that today is the latest example of Communist China’s aggression against human rights, democracy and freedom,” he said.

A Nobel Peace Prize winner who was poorly taken prisoner by the Chinese government for nearly a decade, Liu was a human rights defender in his lifetime, McCain said.

Protesting in Tiananmen Square to draw up a manifesto on human rights in which he was unjustly imprisoned, Dr. Liu was relentless in his quest for a democratic China.

As he suffered from liver cancer late in prison, the Chinese government’s processing delay was the latest brutal violation of Dr. Liu’s human rights, he said.

The news of Liu Xiaobo’s death today is more tragic for his beloved wife, Liu Xia, his family and for the millions of supporters of his courageous efforts to defend human rights and democracy in China, said Senator Marco Rubio.

“As we mourn the death of Liu Xiaobo and pray for his family, there are urgent matters that require top diplomatic attention in the coming days.

“Dr. Liu’s family is to receive his remains and will be allowed to honor and bury him as he sees fit. Liu Xia should immediately receive an exit visa and let himself out of China for a country of his choice,” he said. .

“There must be an independent inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of Dr. Liu, his treatment during detention, the timing of his late liver cancer diagnosis and countless more questions to be answered.

“Chinese authorities are accomplices to unjust imprisonment and death should be punished immediately and their property frozen under the Magnitsky Global Law,” said Rubio.

Sander Levin MP said that Liu Xiaobo was an inspiration to millions of people around the world.

“History will remember Liu as a giant who sought to advance the debate on democratic governance, human rights and the rule of law in China and how the Chinese authorities abused them and other human rights activists,” he said.

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With tweak in SEZ rules, Adani group firm gets Rs 500-crore bonus

With tweak in SEZ rules, Adani group firm gets Rs 500-crore bonus

In August, the government decided to change the rules relating to special economic zones that allowed an Adani group company to benefit from a bonus of around Rs 500 crore. While a predictable and correct Adani Group representative stated that the company had done nothing wrong or illegal, senior officials of the Ministry of Finance (including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley) and the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (including the Minister of State Nirmala Sitharaman that Head of Department) did not respond to the detailed questionnaires sent by Economic and Political Weekly that two weeks ago, asking for an explanation of the reason for government actions that seem to favor a particular company. The Adani group is led by Gautam Adani, who is supposed to be close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In August 2016, the Regulation on Special Economic Zones in 2016 was amended by the Ministry of Commerce to insert a provision on claims under the Special Economic Zones Act 2005. The Law of Special Economic Zones in which the Special Economic Zones Rules are initially framed provided no provision for reimbursement of any kind before introducing the change. The change has allowed Adani limited food to have the opportunity to ask for customs repayments at the rate of Rs 500 crore. Adani limited feed claimed to have customs duties paid for raw materials and consumables, that is, imported coal for power generation. However, documents released to the EPW clear limited food qu’Adani had not actually paid the duty on raw materials and consumables Rs 1 billion rupees from the end of March 2015. Apparently, Alteration of the rules of special economic zones to insert a provision that companies are demanding reimbursement customs, the Department of Commerce allows Adani limited food with the claim of restitution by the right that was never paid for it in the first place.

Adani limited feed imports coal from Indonesia. The import of coal by the company (with others such as Reliance Infrastructure, Pink Power Supply, Essar Group companies, among others) from Indonesia has been a review of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence for some time. In March 2016, management, research by the Ministry of Finance Finance Department, said that Indonesia’s coal imports were overburdened by diverting funds out of the country and electricity generation companies, including Adani limited food, has a Higher rate compensation based on the artificially inflated price of imported coal. In addition to this, the companies of the Adani and Essar groups have been accused of overloading imported equipment from the plants. These reports first appeared in the WPA in April and May last year. This instance of the so-called set of escape tasks is consistent with the claims claim rights which, in fact, have not been paid.

Located in Mundra, Gujarat, Adani Food Limited claims to have established the first coal-based power plant based on India’s “super critical technology”, with an installed capacity to generate 660 megawatts of electricity. The center of Mundra, located in the port and Adani SEZ, has a total capacity to generate 4,620 MW. The Mundra power plant.

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