Friday, November 29, 2013

China scrambles jets in air zone to monitor US and Japanese planes

BBC News - China scrambles jets in air zone to monitor US and Japanese planes
"China says it scrambled fighter jets to monitor US and Japanese planes as they flew in its newly declared air defence zone in the East China Sea on Friday.
The zone covers territory claimed by China, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.
China said last week that all aircraft crossing through the zone must file flight plans and identify themselves or face "defensive emergency measures".
The US, Japan and South Korea say they have since defied the ruling and flown military aircraft in the area."

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Putin And The Pope

Analysis: Risk of conflict in East China Sea

BBC News - Analysis: Risk of conflict in East China Sea: 
On Saturday, almost as if to underline the risks involved, the Japanese authorities say that they scrambled two F-15 fighters to intercept two Chinese surveillance planes that were approaching the islands.
China's more assertive policy and Japan's apparent willingness to push back against it raises the possibility of sparking a wider conflict, albeit by accident perhaps, rather than by design.
All of the necessary points of friction are there. Last January, Japan insisted that a Chinese frigate locked its targeting radar on to a Japanese warship near the disputed islands. China denied it."

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Afghanistan Mess Could Work in India's Favour

The US continues to be unclear as to its post-withdrawal plans. Mr Karzai is understandably wary of carrying the burden of a US presence minus the benefits of adequate protection or money. Washington’s on-and-off attempts to force a political marriage between Mr Karzai and the Taliban have not helped the US’ credibility in Kabul.
Mr Karzai, on the one hand, has deliberately humiliated the US, sought to not appear too eager to have a residual US presence and postponed the final outcome. This helps counter claims that he is too close to Washington. On the other, he has sought to keep his options open as along as possible because so much of what is happening in Afghanistan is taking place on geopolitical quicksand.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

China establishes 'air-defence zone' over East China Sea

BBC News - China establishes 'air-defence zone' over East China Sea
"In its statement, the Chinese Defence Ministry said aircraft must report a flight plan, "maintain two-way radio communications", and "respond in a timely and accurate manner" to identification inquiries.
"China's armed forces will adopt defensive emergency measures to respond to aircraft that do not co-operate in the identification or refuse to follow the instructions," said the statement.
It said the zone came into effect from 10:00 local time (02:00GMT) on Saturday."

Thursday, November 21, 2013

HIV still high in Asia-Pacific report says

In Asia-Pacific, HIV still high, report says|China|

"According to the report, issued every two years, an estimated 4.9 million people were living with HIV/AIDS in the region in 2012. Twelve countries account for more than 90 percent of the infected population, including Cambodia, China, India and Thailand.
The recommendation comes despite a 26 percent decrease in new infections in the region since 2001, and many countries, having reduced new infections by at least 50 percent thanks to strengthened intervention and treatment, it said.
However, challenges also exist at the "pivotal juncture", with the overall number of new infections in the region remaining largely unchanged in the past five years.
Notably, the fastest growing epidemics in the region involve men having sex with men, and the HIV prevalence of the group could be more than 10 percent in at least 10 metropolitan areas in the region, it said."

Monday, November 18, 2013

Most Famous Indian On The Planet Retires

BBC Sport - Sachin Tendulkar retires with innings India victory in Mumbai
"Revered throughout his distinguished career, a clearly emotional Tendulkar told a packed Wankhede Stadium: "My life between 22 yards for [more than] 22 years. It's hard to believe that wonderful journey is coming to end.
"It's getting a little difficult to talk but I'll manage. The most important person in my life, and I've missed him a lot since he passed away in 1999, is my father. Without his guidance I don't think I'd be standing in front of you.""

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Deadly floods in Vietnam force 80,000 from homes

Deadly floods in Vietnam force 80,000 from homes | World news |
"Floodwaters rose quickly after 15 hydroelectric power plants in the region opened their sluice gates to release water in reservoir protection, the newspaper reported.
Around 100,000 houses were submerged and nearly 80,000 people were evacuated, the government-run committee on floods and storm protection said. Roads have been closed and some national train services cancelled.
The central region suffers frequent storms between July and October, often causing flooding."

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Kim And Baz

China's one-child policy to be relaxed

China's one-child policy to be relaxed as part of reforms package | World news |
"Chinese state media revealed the reforms on Friday night in a 22,000-word report detailing the results of the third plenum, a closed-door annual meeting of about 400 top party leaders, that has historically been used as a launching pad for substantial reforms. Plenums in 1978 and 1993 laid the foundations for China's current economic model, a combination of market capitalism and tight political control.
Couples in which one member is an only child will be allowed to have two children, China's state newswire Xinhua reported , citing the results of the plenumwhich ended in Beijing on Tuesday. While most people in China are still only allowed to have one child, some groups, including ethnic minorities, disabled people, and couples in which both members are only children, are allowed to have two."

Friday, November 15, 2013

Chinese Russian and Indian FM's Discuss Syria and Afghanistan

The foreign ministers of the three countries held their 12th trilateral meeting here and discussed Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Korean peninsula situation as well as counter-terrorism, drug trafficking and security in the Asia-Pacific region, according to Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Russian Foreign Minister Seigei Lavrov. Lavrov said the three foreign ministers agreed that a peaceful solution rather than a military one is the only way to end the civil war in Syria. He also said that all three countries hope the Geneva II conference on Syria should be held as soon as possible and that UN inspectors should be given access to the chemical stockages. MORE

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Chinese bio-printer to ease national organ shortage

China's Leaders Rethink Growth Model

The economic revolution launched more than three decades ago is still unfinished, leaving the country with a hybrid economy sometimes waggishly referred to as "capitalism with Chinese characteristics." 
In private talks, the leadership has acknowledged what Western economists have been warning about for years: The growth model that pulled China out of poverty has run out of steam. "They will do as much as possible under the circumstances," said an academic who attended one of the briefings. 
Speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, he said there are more than 300 proposals on the table.

India Launches Mars Mission

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