As the Indian economy grows to be the world’s sixth-largest, the expectations from most South, Southeast and East Asian countries, Indian Ocean littorals, and a large number of nations that make up the free world is for India to play a greater role in ensuring stability and a rules-based order in the region. With the Chinese aggressively advancing their interests and military capabilities, the Indian security establishment has perceived the need to enhance its intrinsic capabilities and interoperability with other nations – both proximate and distant – to fulfill its role. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Narendra Modi has been to 58 countries since taking over as prime minister of India in 2014. At the top of the chart are the US and China, which he has visited five times each. A large number of his other visits have been to Asian countries. India’s “Act East” and “Neighborhood First” policies are … [Read more...] about Evolving Indian security architecture in Indo-Pacific
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Indonesian vocational high school (SMK) graduates were named the grand champions at the WorldSkills Asia (WSA) 2018 after securing six gold and three silver medals. Held biannually, WSA aims to increase competitive skills and good relations among Asian countries. This year's event was held on Nov. 24 to 29 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and participated in by 19 countries, including Taiwan, South Korea, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Egypt, Russia, Belarus, Germany, India, Belgium, the United States, Finland and Brazil. "We are very proud of this accomplishment. They brought home six gold and three silver medals and were the overall number champion out of 19 participating countries; exceeding our target of securing three gold medals," said Education and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy in a statement as quoted by kompas.com. Among the six graduates who received gold medals were Luki Centuri in the Web Design category, Firli Rizki for Electrical … [Read more...] about SMK graduates named grand champions at WorldSkills Asia 2018
SINGAPORE - Singapore and Oman reaffirmed their warm relations during Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean's trip to the Arab country over the weekend and acknowledged there was potential for further cooperation between the two sides. DPM Teo, who is also Coordinating Minister for National Security, called on Oman's Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Sayyid Fahd Mahmoud Al Said on Sunday (Oct 14), and the two leaders discussed issues of common concern and regional developments, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement. Earlier in the day at a working breakfast, Mr Teo and Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sayyid Badr Bin exchanged views on domestic and regional developments, and agreed that there was potential for Singapore and Oman to do more together. Sembcorp, which has a water and power plant in Oman, is one of several major foreign investors, including Britain's oil and gas company BP and South Korean electronics maker LG, that have entered the … [Read more...] about Singapore, Oman see potential to do more together
The UAE has been a busy little theocratic monarchy with regional ambitions. It has established a military foothold in northern Somalia, where Emirati firms have set up commercial ports. It has establisehed a web of bases and armed allies in Yemen and Somalia as a wedge against alleged Islamist and Iranian influence, but quietly, Emirati schemes have greater foresight. Embed from Getty Images The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox It may promote itself as a stable, open, and somewhat tolerant Muslim country, but what does the security web the UAE is weaving really indicate? Equally so, Emirati media has been trumpeting the altruistic acts of its leadership in Yemen with articles in the UAE’s The National stating, “The UAE aspires to achieve peace and stability in the region; it is neither an occupier nor a troublemaker.” A closer examination can repudiate the performative, magnanimous image; really it’s not philanthropy but … [Read more...] about The UAE weaves a regional ‘string of pearls’
China’s global political expansion is on the march. Mao Zedong’s Ministry of Foreign Liaison initiated the 1996-2001 Maoist insurgency in Nepal that set the stage for that country’s communist takeover. Now, Nepalese communists are uniting to form the Himalayan nation’s largest left-wing party – and Nepal is becoming a Chinese-backed control center for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) as part of China’s aim to limit India’s strategic space. In Pakistan, China has successfully targeted the power-wielding military. Chinese successes include the ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Gwadar deep-sea port in Balochistan province, and a People’s Liberation Army base in close proximity to Skardu in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Another PLA base is planned for Jiwani in the Gulf of Oman, and there is speculation over one more military base to be set up in the troubled Federally Administered Tribal Areas … [Read more...] about China’s political warfare – how vulnerable is India?