Date: January 19, 2016

Weekly Reading List: All about China and India

So, India, which thinks itself to be an upcoming Great power, got soot-faced when Jihadis targeted an Indian Airforce base. They didn’t get anywhere, but it was still embarrassing for a “Great power”. As I write here, why.

On the other hand, China came out with it’s first Arab policy paper. Utterly vague, with loads of historical reference, as you would expect from a Deputy Secretary level Bureaucrat wasting his precious Friday evening. On the other hand, maybe not…it’s China what do you do on a Friday eve anyway. Jokes apart, it is important, because it is the first paper regarding the region, which highlights how important it is for China. My piece here.

Finally, this one is interesting, a debate regarding the future of the world order, from Chinese perspective. Funny, cause it never highlights any change in the World order. So essentially China is and will be following the same liberal international order, but in a Chinese version of it. Like a bag from the aptly named “Lose Vuitton” in a Hongkong flea market. I am not joking, this is actually an interesting debate which highlights the difference between the foreign policy thought process. My piece here.

What happened in Taiwan? In China, nothing.

You wouldn’t know the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DDP) just won the presidential election in Taiwan, ending eight years of a pro-China Kuomintang (KMT) government, if you read Chinese newspapers.

The day after the election, none of the newspapers in Nanjing* carried the biggest news of the day on their front pages. Even looking inside the papers, no news of the election was to be found. Now three days after the event, still nothing. The front page of Modern Express, a newspaper run by Xinhua, the national state-run news agency, includes mini-headlines about how Modern Express‘s social media account is #1 in the province and how “China’s top fatty” is coming to Nanjing to lose weight. The lead story is about a cold front soon to hit eastern China? A metaphor?

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