- The Middle Kingdom’s rush of blood and the need for strong Indian deterren
Male power and its brutal projection is the central theme of what is colloquially defined as chopsticks culture. For the average man in the world’s largest democracy, it may be difficult to fathom why Commander-in-Chief Xi would order his western theatre commander to march PLA in full strength up to Line of Actual Control and lose 30 years of bilateral ties in one surge of testosterone. The answer to this question is rather complex and civilisational; Chinese Emperors were and even now want to be treated as divinity and above all wisdom. The situation continues to be very complex on the 3,488 km LAC and an accident is possible. New Delhi should work with the certainty that PLA under Xi will return back to LAC to demand respect for the Emperor in Beijing in the near future.
2. Hong Kong schools told to remove books that might violate new national security law
Hong Kong Education Bureau has recommended schools to review their book collections and remove those titles that may breach the draconian national security law. “Schools have a gatekeeping role in terms of choosing suitable teaching resources. The bureau would take serious follow-up actions if any problems arise over the issue,”. Bar Association chairman Philip Dykes had called the move to be alarming and said authorities needed to justify restricting the public’s right to seek information. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department, which manages the city’s public libraries, had confirmed it was scrutinising some books for compliance with the new law, without naming them.
3. US notes de-escalation in Ladakh but calls for punitive ‘costs’ to rein in China
The United States took note Monday of the de-escalation efforts at the India-China border but leery of China’s “aggressive behavior” against minorities at home, neighbours in the region and in cyberspace generally, it said “imposing costs” on Beijing was the only way to stop it. There has been a calibrated sharpening of US remarks on the India-China conflict, with the White House setting the tone last week when the spokesperson said President Donald Trump believed that China’s “aggressive stance” on the border with India fit a pattern of “Chinese aggression” around the world. The official added: “The only way to stop these provocations is by standing up to Beijing and imposing costs on its bad behavior.”