Aug. 30 – China has announced this week that they have recently test-fired a new generation inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) that is capable of carrying up to 10 nuclear warheads. The missile, called Dongfeng-41, has a strike range of 14,000 kilometers.
The announcement, which was broadcasted on China’s state-run CCTV, said that “China last month tested a new generation of intercontinental ballistic missile, the Dongfeng-41, or DF-41, which is believed to have a maximum strike distance of 14,000 km.”
In a rare occurrence, the announcement also contained video footage of mobile missile units in action. Continue reading
A short analysis by Gateway House on what you can expect from Raghuram Rajan, soon to be the Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India.
By Akshay Mathur
Aug. 29 – Raghuram Rajan, a noted economist and professor at University of Chicago will join the Ministry of Finance as its Chief Economic Advisor today – a position with considerable influence over fiscal policy-making.
He comes to India at a time when the country is feeling the pains of a slowing economy and a dysfunctional legislature. Continue reading
Aug. 28 – Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) saw sales to China increase by 91 percent over the past three months as Chinese consumers eagerly snapped up the luxury cars. Imported into China from JLR’s UK plants, the brands comprise the best of British manufacturing expertise tied to Indian management, regional marketing knowledge and ultimate ownership – Tata Group purchased the then-struggling brands from Ford in 2008. Since then, the UK-based operations have been extensively re-financed and re-modeled. The result? Two now Indian-owned premium auto brands that China just can’t get enough of. Continue reading
By Richard Colapinto
Aug. 24 – Tensions between China and Japan have flared up again after heavily publicized political stunts by nationalists over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea that both countries lay claim to.
The islands, known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan, continue to elicit strident nationalism among their respective populations. But these episodes are just the latest in a series of tit for tat actions across Asia that is increasing the chance of events spinning out of control and resulting in a regional conflagration. Continue reading
Aug. 23 – A potential ban on tiger tourism within India may devastate the population of the endangered beast. A century ago, India was home to about 45,000 tigers; in 2010 this number had been reduced to 1,706. In July, India’s Supreme Court banned all forms of tourism within the core areas of the country’s tiger parks in a bid to protect the tiger from extinction. This law, however, has been widely criticized due to it threatening not only the livelihood of the tiger population, but also those who earn their living from tiger tourism.
Ajay Dubey, who filed the petition to India’s Supreme Court, has claimed that he wants to see the 1972 Wildlife Protection Act properly enforced. This law states that every tiger reserve must contain a core area where only forestry officials can enter. Tourists are then only allowed to enter a buffer zone surrounding the reserve. Dubey claims that tiger tourism is negatively impacting the endangered species. Continue reading
Aug. 18 – Sino-Japanese relations have again hit a roadblock this week with the arrest of 14 Chinese activists who were protesting the ownership of an island claimed by both countries. On Wednesday, pro-Chinese activists landed on the disputed Diaoyu Islands, or Senkaku Islands in Japan, attempting to plant a flag claiming Chinese ownership. Soon after, they were arrested by the Japanese Coast guard, who retains administrative control over the islands.
The current ownership of the islands remains disputed, even though the island chain is administered by Japan. The islands remain important for both nations due to their potential oil wealth and close proximity to crucial international shipping lanes. In the aftermath of the failure to follow through with a 2008 deal to jointly develop a natural gas field in the area, and recent Chinese drilling in the nearby seas, territorial tensions in the East China Sea has been increasingly dangerous. Continue reading
Op-Ed Commentary: Christoph Unrast
Aug. 17 – Recent developments on the Korean Peninsula indicate that the Peoples Republic of China may be further consolidating their control of the global supply of rare earth elements. Already China has a monopoly in the production of rare earth elements, and could now it could get a hand on North Korea’s resources, which are estimated to be the second largest in the world.
Rare earth elements have been a perennial topic for quite a while. Although the metals are not as rare as the name suggests, China was able to develop a production monopoly since the 90s, replacing the once leading nation of the United States. This issue received its first major attention when Beijing used its monopoly in a diplomatic stand-off with Japan in 2010, cutting of Japans industry from several of the most essential elements used in high-technology products. Continue reading