Modi’s visit to disputed region imperils thaw in ties

Recently, China and India were engaged in a jagged excha

nge of words over Modi’s visit to South Tibet, a mountainous region under substantial dispute b

etween the two Asian giants. Although China’s stance on the boundary issue is cons

istent and crystal-clear that it has never recognized the so-called “A

runachal Pradesh” and is firmly opposed to any Indian leaders’ presence there, it was Modi who has repeatedly touched the raw nerve.

Such exchange – though it has happened in the past during China’s Spring Festivals in February 2015 and February 2018 – is p

articularly noteworthy: Modi’s latest visit followed the in

formal leadership summit in Wuhan in April 2018 which was widely seen as the key effort

from both sides to improve diplomatic ties and rebuild trust since the 73-day-long armed standoff in Doklam.

Such actions by Modi would inevitably affect the progress

ade by both sides, further complicating the boundary issue and exacerbating mutual suspicion.

Modi’s recent presence in South Tibet was largely driven b

y electoral considerations, aimed at mobilizing support for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahe

ad of the general elections, which are due in India in April and May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha.

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As the West steps up its criticism of Myanmar over the Roh

and Rakhine issues, the country’s relations with the West have deteriorated. China is one of the few powers Myanmar can rely on. There is vast cooperation po

tential between the two countries. China and Myanmar can advance industrial cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative,

the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area, the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor and the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor. How to

unleash Myanmar’s huge development potential with the help of China should be placed on the NLD government’s planning agenda.

As Myanmar’s largest neighbor, China will continue to play an active role in promoting Myanmar’s national reconciliation and addressing the Rakh

ine issue as well as build mechanism for talks. It will assist Myanmar as much as it can. When inv

esting in Myanmar, Chinese enterprises should pay attention to their social responsibility. They should also ad

dress local people’s suspicions and misunderstandings on Chinese-invested projects. We have reasons to believe that th

e prospect for China-Myanmar cooperation under the Belt and Road framework is promising.

The author is a professor at Center for China’s Neighbor Diplomacy Studies and School of International Studies, Yunn

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Japan’s ambition is to become a global political power. But

litical and diplomatic means alone cannot support Japan’s global ambitions. A military presence at the global level is needed if Japan is to expand its political clout.

Compared with old European powers like the UK and France, Japan’s military influence in Europe is jerkwater. But it is different after Japan signed military pa

cts with these countries – Japan’s political influence is increasing because of the support of military powers.

With the influence of the UK and France declining in the Asia-Pacific region, their military activities can get

the support from Japan via the ACSA, which will immensely boost Japan’s military clout. These European countries will not look at Ja

pan through the military lens, which will effectively strengthen Japan’s political might.

Meanwhile, exchange of military provisions will help enhance people-to-people exchanges between Japan and these countries, ex

erting Japan‘s cultural influence in these countries and beyond. Even if Japan fails to become a permanent member of the UN Security Co

uncil, it can still play a major role in the world. This has been part of the global strategies of the Abe administration.

We can see that Japan signing ACSAs with six countries is not just for defense and military purposes, it’s part of an overall plan to influence economics, po

litics, military and culture, which is a long-term strategic mind-set of the Japanese government.

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Terrorist issue could be better addressed by Indiarror strike by P

A terror strike by Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed killed at least 40 India paramilitary police and injured many others in the India

n-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, Indian media reported. Blind anger toward China was ignited after it.

Some Indian analysts sought to link the deadly attack to “China’s continued protection” of the perpe

trators. By refusing to back India’s appeal to list Masood Azhar, leader of terrorist outfit Ja

ish-e-Mohammed, as a global terrorist by the UN, they argued, China is supporting terrorism against India.

Citing China’s refusal to support the bid to have Azhar blacklisted by the UN, India in recent years has aggressively bl

amed China for allying with Pakistan in shielding terrorists. It disregards the fact that as a victim of terrorism itself, China has

pledged to support the international community’s anti-terrorism efforts and stands ready to work with India and all other countries to fight terrorism.

As for the issue of listing Azhar, Beijing has reiterated its stand several times that New Delhi should pr

ovide solid facts and proofs for banning Azhar. China has reason to cautiously handle the issue. Observers worry that blacklisting Azhar co

uld be used by India to increase its military pressure on Pakistan, thus risking exacerbating tensions between the two countries.

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In addition, the global total amount of new data generat

China is expected to generate 48.6 zettabytes (48.6 trillion gigabytes) of data in 2025, while the number for the US is forecast to be

30.6ZB, according to a study by the International Data Corporation (IDC) and data storage firm Seagate, a CNBC report said.

In addition, the global total amount of new data generated is set to grow from 33ZB in 2018 to 175ZB by

2025, with data collected from entertainment platforms, video surveillance footage, internet-co

nnected devices, productivity tools and metadata contributing to most of the growth, according to the report.

In the race for data, which, as IDC analysts put in their report, is

“at the heart of this digital world” and “a company’s most valuable intangible a

sset, which can create a competitive edge in digital transformation”, there is already a victory sign coming from China.

The country generated about 7.6ZB data last year, around 0.7ZB more than the US, the report said.

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He anticipated that the plan would further connect the

echnology sectors of Hong Kong and the mainland, facilitating more career opportuniti

es for Hong Kong local talent as well as offering a larger market for knowledge transfer.

Tam Yiu-chung, a Hong Kong member of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, the country’s top legislat

ure, estimated that the plan would lay out development priorities for the area, and the key tasks each city should carry out.

Hong Kong will thus have a clearer direction for future development, and better understand how it can fully contribute, Tam said.

The Greater Bay Area encompasses Hong Kong and Macao, as well as nine cities in Guangdon

g province: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Dongguan, Huizhou, Zhongshan, Foshan, Zhaoqing and Jiangmen.

In 2017, the 11 cities produced one-eighth of China’s gross domestic product while containin

g only 5 percent of the nation’s population and only 0.6 percent of China’s total landmass.

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Despite China’s reiteration about it being committed to pea

ceful exploration of space and its openness to cooperation with any country in its development of space technology, the US will not give up its desire to hav

e dominance in this domain, and it is devoting a great deal of effort to presenting China and Russia as threats to serve this purpose.

Its huge investment in the development of a “Space Force” will, as a result, inevitably give rise

to an arms race off the Earth, which will shatter the human dream of the peaceful exploration of space.Be

ijing’s environmental watchdog is considering adopting the National VI (B) emission standards ahead of the cou

ntry’s scheduled time, aiming to reduce vehicle emissions and enhance air pollution control in the capital.

According to a draft plan published by the Beijing Municipal Ecological Environment Bureau on Monday, the new st

andard would come into effect first for diesel-powered trucks in public transportation and environmental sa

nitation industries and heavy-duty vehicles powered by gas in July, and then extend to other vehicles beginning in 2020.

Sales of these vehicles would be banned after the respective deadlines, but owners could

still register vehicles that meet the current standard one month after these deadlines, according to the draft.

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Film academy probes PhD actor accused of academic plag

The Beijing Film Academy is investigating actor Zhai Tianlin, who has been the target of plagiarism allegations, Beijing Youth Daily reported on Monday.

The academy organized an investigative team to look into Zhai’s case and has zero tolerance for academic misconduct, the newspaper said, citing the academy.

Zhai, 32, has a PhD from the academy and is a postdoctoral candidate at Peking University. He

found himself in hot water on social media recently after a Sina Weibo blogger accused him of plagiarism last week.

Zhai, who is said to have the highest academic qualificat

ions in China’s entertainment industry, has frequently flaunted his academic achievements in his

social media posts, which have detailed the difficulties he said he had while working on his papers.

He raised a flurry of chatter online in August when he said in a live video appearan

ce that he did not know what the China National Knowledge Infrastructure was. CNKI is the largest a

nd most widely used online academic library in China for university students writing theses and dissertations.

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The post by the Sina Weibo blogger claimed that one of Zha

i’s papers published in an academic journal, was uploaded to CNKI and the similarity score for the 2,783-word article was 40.4 percent.

Another post by the same blogger claimed that Zhai’s doctoral graduation dissertation

could not be found in the CNKI database, while all the graduation dissertations written by his classmates could be found there.

The posts stirred a heated debate among netizens, with many saying academic misconduct

was unfair to students who had worked hard to obtain a degree. They have called for strict rules to curb such behavior.

“For someone with a PhD, how could he not know what the CNKI is? And how could he have never used it for referencing academic works?” one netizen wrote.

“I was only joking when I said that I did not know what CNKI was,” Zhai wrote in response

to the post. “Will anyone believe me if I said that I do not know one plus one equals two?”

Zhai’s studio said on Friday that he obtained a PhD from the Beijing Film Academ

y in June, and all his academic papers and his dissertation were written by him under the guidance of supervisors.

He has met all graduation requirements from the academy and is willing to be held responsible for any academic misconduct, the studio said.

Peking University declined to comment when contacted by China Daily on Monday.

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Premier Li Keqiang sent a congratulatory message to the event in

which he lauded the efforts of The 48 Group Club in enhancing China-UK fri

endship. He said he hopes the organization will continue to carry forward the spirit of the “icebreaking tr

ip” and make greater contributions to the deepening of friendship between the two peoples.

The year 2019 marks the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the China-UK diplomatic relationship at the leve

l of charge d’affaires. Liu said he believes there are four major opportunities for the two countries.

The first is the Chinese economy remaining robust. Its 6.6 percent growth rate in 2018 was on

e of the fastest among major economies and contributed nearly 30 percent of global growth. China’s

overall GDP has exceeded $13.6 trillion, with the increment equaling the total GDP of a middle-income country.

According to Liu, China is shifting from high-speed growth to high-quality growth. Last year,

consumption contributed 76.2 percent of China’s economic growth, and online retail sales

increased by more than 20 percent. New industries, new products, and new business models have emerged.

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