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Thursday, November 08, 2007


China, India’s largest neighbor, is passing through a period of rapid economic growth and modernization with the aim of achieving great power status in the shortest time possible. India ’s border with China is almost 3,500 km long. China continues to occupy approx. 38,000 sq. km of Indian territory mainly in the Aksai Chin Area, and claims yet another 90,000 sq km in the Eastern Sector. Further, 5,180 sq. km of territory under Pak occupation in Northern Kashmir was illegally ceded to China by Pakistan in 1963. 

Important developments marking the progress of India-China relations in 2002-03 included the initiation of direct Delhi-Beijing flights, the first meeting of the India-China dialogue mechanism on counter terrorism, the completion of the process of exchange of maps for clarification of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Middle Sector, the implementation of the MOU (signed during Premier Zhu’s visit) on sharing hydrological data from the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra and accordance of ‘Approved Tourist Destination Status’ to India by China.

A number of high level visits have taken place in recent years. The President of India visited China in the year 2000. This was followed by Mr. Li Peng’s visit to India in January 2001. These high level visits have improved bilateral relations and understanding of each other’s viewpoint thereby contributing to further reduction in tension.


India has, of late, commenced some cooperation with the armed forces of China . Naval Ships of both the countries have been exchanging visits and some of India ’s mid level officers are undergoing courses in Chinese institutions.

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Although Bollywood is much maligned for churning out mindless blockbusters, at times, it also obliquely depicts the ground realities. (Nation In Distress , Telegraph, Abhijit Bhattacharyya , Nov 08, 2007)

IT was an amazing pointer by the former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, Dr P.K. Iyenger. (Nuclear Ignorance, Tribune, O.P. Sabherwal, Nov 08, 2007)

Business executives in India are the most optimistic across in the world, when it comes to their take on inflation and the overall economy in the country six months down the lane, a new survey states. (Ceos Gung-Ho On The Economy , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

China is well on track to launch its own space station by 2020, the state-run newspaper said on Wednesday. (China Space Station By 2020 , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

In an unusually grim and direct warning, the International Energy Agency has predicted that the "alarming" rise in energy demand will speed up climate change, threaten global energy security and possibly create a supply crunch that will send already high (Rise In Global Energy Demands 'Alarming,' Iea Says A , Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

The global demand for energy is set to grow inexorably through to 2030 if governments do not change their policies, warns a top energy official. (Energy Needs 'To Grow Inexorably' , British Broadcasting Corporation, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

U.S. ‘concern’ over China’s anti-satellite test has now come to colour their defence-related engagement. (A Hotline To Prevent A Cold War, Hindu, P. S. SURYANARAYANA, Nov 08, 2007)

From India's point of view, what can be the worst case scenario in Pakistan? It is the replacement of President Pervez Musharraf by a coalition of the Jamaat-e-Islami (Jamaat) and its allies, the Taliban-Al Qaeda combine and the fundamentalist . . . (Draft A Plan Of Action, Pioneer, Hiranmay Karlekar, Nov 08, 2007)

Manmohan, Putin will discuss how to increase civil nuclear cooperation (N-Deal With Russia, Pioneer, Dmitri Kosyrev, Nov 08, 2007)

The flavour of the times seems to be China and India. Comparisons between the two are commonplace. (Making Of A Strong India, Pioneer, Vinayshil Gautam, Nov 08, 2007)

China is well on track to launching its own space station by 2020, according to a top rocket expert. (China To Launch Its First Space Station By 2020 , Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Despite pressure being mounted by the US administration and feelers sent by the UPA government, the BJP on Wednesday has not budged from its stand on opposing the nuclear deal in Parliament. (Bjp Refuses To Budge On Nuke Deal, New Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

President Musharraf’s declaration of a state of emergency against his own government on November 3, followed by large-scale arrests of his opponents, was a slap in the face of Washington and the Bush Administration. (America’S Choice, Indian Express, Editorial, Indian Express, Nov 08, 2007)

Credible minimum deterrent and not energy, according to the BJP, should be the central concern while considering the Indo-US nuclear deal. (N-Power Must Be A Credible Deterrent: Bjp , The Economic Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Warlord Fazlullah has taken another town in Swat, and the local police have surrendered in routine, its personnel promising never to fight against him again. (The Challenge Of Swat, Daily Times, Editorial, Daily Times, Nov 08, 2007)

OECD’s World Energy Outlook predicts a bleak global energy scenario. The global demand for oil is projected to reach 116 million barrels per day by 2030. Even as oil prices rise to unprecedented levels, the Government is reluctant to take the . . . . (Inclusive Growth Runs Into An Oil Slick, Business Line, G. Srinivasan , Nov 08, 2007)

If India wants to see real gains from the recent visit of the Prime Minister to Nigeria in terms of energy security, it has to be more pro-active in its approach, backed by hard bargaining, and offer something more than a mere $900-million aid package. (Indo-Nigerian Ties: Strategic For Energy Security, Business Line, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

PAKISTAN’S economy recorded one of the fastest growth rates in Asia during fiscal year 2006-07. The real GDP growth accelerated to seven per cent that was surpassed only by China and India”. (Higher Growth, Higher Inflation, Dawn, Sultan Ahmed, Nov 08, 2007)

The world's leading Internet company said it would start next week by allowing independent designers to tinker with its software, known as "Android." (Google Now Enters Mobile Phone Market With Android , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

THE 25 accused in the Tokyo War Crimes Trial were charged with crimes against peace: the planning, preparation, initiation, or waging of a declared or undeclared war of aggression, or a war in violation of international law, treaties. (A Dishonest Judgment, Frontline, A.G. NOORANI, Nov 07, 2007)


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