Archive for November 24th, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Nuking North Korea: from Tennessee with Love

I’m not sure what to make of the smoldering war in Korea yet, but nuclear broadsides against North Korea right away if they start anything looks somewhat hasty to me. Actually, they’ve started something already, and if Glenn Reynolds (this dignified professor from Tennessee, I believe) wants to nuke them for that, it’s now time for him to produce his little black suitcase.

Lionel Beehner and Nuno Monteiro on the other hand – academics, too – would rather sleep on it for another night.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

“Hawkish Groups in New Delhi Getting above Themselves”

Mulayam Singh Yadav, a former defense minister of the Indian Union and former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, celebrated his 72 birthday on Monday. Mulaam’s Socialist Party (Samajwadi Party), a local political party representing voters from Uttar Pradesh, currently supports the United Progressive Alliance, a coalition of lower-house political parties led by the Indian National Congress.

On November 9, Mulayam Singh told the Lower House of Indian Parliament that he had “specific” inputs that China was preparing to attack India “anytime soon” and was “daily” occupying an inch of the country’s territory. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, asked to comment one day later, said that “the situation along the border is peaceful. There is no Chinese threat at the moment and our relations with China have been friendly”.

The Global Times, frequently a more outspoken Chinese publication than its parent publisher China Daily, quotes Indian Ministry of Defence officials as saying on Monday

that two mountain divisions will be deployed in southern Tibet, an area claimed by Beijing, and will be “fully operational” by next year. Chinese experts dismissed the defiant move, saying it is a misstep on New Delhi’s behalf,

adds the Global Times.

“Since a war with China in 1962, the Indian army has set up a total of 10 mountain divisions in the region,” Wang Dehua, an expert on India at the Shanghai International Studies Center, told the Global Times. “Such a move aims to add chips to the upcoming China-India talks on border disputes.”

It seems that “those hawkish groups in New Delhi are getting above themselves after the US voiced support for India’s bid to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council,”

the paper quotes Wang.

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Related
Finetuning Wen Jiabao’s visit to India, Asian Tribune, November 16, 2010
Advice to India: “You will only Harm Yourself”, November 7, 2010
Arunachal Pradesh: Two Divisions Wanting to Die, August 24, 2010
60th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations, MOFA, April 1, 2010

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