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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

India, China, Dalai Lama: “Reflecting the Diversity of World Cultures and Civilizations”

The RIC countries’ (Russia, India, China) foreign ministers had their 9th meeting in Bangalore, India, on October 27 and 28, and last night (November 3, 22:05 GMT), All India Radio‘s (AIR) Daily Commentary pointed out that

“on the political front, cooperation between these three global powers will buttress stability, particularly in Asia. Terrorism in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central Asia, and West Asia, directly impinge on the internal security of these nations. Promoting peace and development in these areas, farming up counter-terrorism strategies, sharing intelligence and launching .. actions against money-laundring and drug-trafficking that feed international terrorism are some of the joint measures envisaged. In a joint statement after the meeting, the three countries sent a strong message to countries like Pakistan to act against terror groups like Jama’at-ud-Da’wah, listed in the UN resolution 1267. They also urge the UN member states to urgently conclude and adopt the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism. The three countries affirmed that democratization of international relations is imperative to build a multi-polar world order, reflecting diversity of world cultures and civilizations.”

The most likely link that Beijing can draw from the UN security council resolutions the RIC foreign ministers’ communiqué or joint statement refers to is the inclusion of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM). The United Nations  added ETIM to its “list of terrorists and terrorist supporters associated with Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network” in September 2002. According to the CDI Terrorism Project, ETIM’s global reach and links to al Qaeda are disputed. Beijing regularly and generously extends the accusation of terrorism from ETIM to other Uyghur organizations it dislikes, such as the World Uyghur Congress.
Russia’s foreign minister, too, will have returned to Moscow happily. In Moscow’s book, the RIC joint communiqué has somehow condemned Chechnyan “terrorists”, and possibly Georgian “terrorists”, too. And New Delhi has screwed Pakistan again. Of course, it’s never enough, but every bit helps to feel good.

The Joint Statement’s para 3, about a multi-polar world order, reflecting diversity of world cultures and civilizations may sound more blurred than paras 8, 12, 14, and 18. But in fact, a multi-polar world is much easier to describe or define than terrorism.
Or is it?

All India Radio’s Daily Commentary of Tuesday again:
 
“The foreign ministers of India and China also met to resolve the differences particularly over the border issue. The meeting, which came closely after the meeting of the heads of India and China in Thailand on the margins of the East Asia Summit, was described as fruitful. It helped India in again clarifying its stand on issues like the boundary question, and sending a message that repeated Chinese incursions into India will be detrimental to regional peace. India also informed China that the Dalai Lama is a spiritual guest in the country and free to visit Arunachal Pradesh, an integral part of India. Closer bilateral relations among the RIC countries will enhance mutual trust and set the stage for deeper trilateral cooperation on political, strategic, and economic issues.”

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Related:
Wanted: Changes on the Global Supply Side, October 12 2009
India shuts out Uighur Matriarch, The Calcutta Telegraph, July 26 2009
Arunachal Pradesh and the “Disingenuous” ADB, June 23 2009
UN SC Resolution 1540 (2004)
Resolution 1373 (2001)
UN SC Resolution 1267 (1999)

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