Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region – Ethnic Strife And The Chinese Iron Hand

Xinjiang is officially called the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). It is an autonomous region of the People’s Republic of China, located in the northwest of the country. Being the largest province-level division of China and the 8th-largest country subdivision in the world, Xinjiang spans over 1.6 million km² (640,000 square miles). The Aksai Chin region, administered by China mostly as part of Xinjiang’s Hotan Prefecture, was once aContinue reading “Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region – Ethnic Strife And The Chinese Iron Hand”

75 Years of Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – The Only Use of Nuclear Weapons in Armed Conflict

The United States detonated two nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively, with the consent of the United Kingdom, as required by the Quebec Agreement. The two bombings killed between 129,000 and 226,000 people, most of whom were civilians, and remain the only uses of nuclear weapons in armed conflict ever.          Continue reading “75 Years of Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – The Only Use of Nuclear Weapons in Armed Conflict”

Chinese Communist Party’s Military- Xi Jinping’s Absolute Control

The near 100 million member Communist Party of China (CPC) continues to closely run China. Very tightly government controlled China suffers from a wide-range societal complexities. Among them, the one that has direct impact on foreign relations and internal dynamics are Communist Party’s full control over military. Dissent of any kind is snubbed with an ironContinue reading “Chinese Communist Party’s Military- Xi Jinping’s Absolute Control”

Sinicization of Tibet

                Sinicization of Tibet is a phrase which is used for Chinese rule in Tibet in reference to the cultural assimilation which has occurred in Tibetan areas of China (including the Tibet Autonomous Region and surrounding Tibetan-designated autonomous areas) and has made these areas resemble mainstream Chinese society. The changes, which have been evident since the incorporation of Tibet into the People’s Republic of China in 1950–51, have beenContinue reading “Sinicization of Tibet”

Chinese Communist Party Control Over Media – A Comprehensive Assessment

Very tightly government controlled China suffers from a wide-range societal complexities. Three that have impact on foreign relations and internal dynamics are Communist Party of China’s (CPC) full control over military and media and fragile social balance. In the last seven decades China has gone through serious cultural shocks, and the ‘One Child Policy’ has hadContinue reading “Chinese Communist Party Control Over Media – A Comprehensive Assessment”

Huawei 5G and Security Implications – A Comprehensive Assessment

India has decided to ban 47 more Chinese Apps. This is in addition to the 59 banned in June 2020. Meanwhile Huawei laid off staff in India, and cut revenues up to 50% amid calls to boycott Chinese goods. President Trump thinks Huawei is a threat to national security.  British Prime Minister Boris Johnson,  saysContinue reading “Huawei 5G and Security Implications – A Comprehensive Assessment”

COVID-19 and the Future of the Civil Aviation Sector

The doomsday scenario for civil aviation occurred in Feb-March 2020 when it was seen that many countries had to go into lockdown. The spread of the Covid-19 virus became almost uncontrolled and the only way to prevent a nation from being overwhelmed by it appeared to be stopping its people from going out, and notContinue reading “COVID-19 and the Future of the Civil Aviation Sector”

IAF in Ladakh – All Set For Extended Stay and Winter Operations

With little follow-on action by China after the marathon Corps Commander level talks, the two armed forces continue to be eye-ball to eye-ball across the Line of actual control (LAC). Indian Army (IA) and Indian Air Force (IAF) have always had a yearlong active action in Ladakh region ever since the Siachen glacier became theContinue reading “IAF in Ladakh – All Set For Extended Stay and Winter Operations”

Vulnerabilities of the People’s Liberation Army

It cannot be easy to maintain the largest standing army in the world. Despite serial reductions in numerical strength, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China now has about 2 million personnel. Information about the PLA is available in plenty, but does not go beyond the repetitive references to seven military regions (now five theaterContinue reading “Vulnerabilities of the People’s Liberation Army”

Belt and Road Initiative – Strategic Goals – Now A Debt Trap – Security Implications India

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is an ambitious program to connect China with Asia, Africa and Europe via land and maritime networks along six corridors with the aim of improving regional integration, increasing trade and stimulating economic growth. The name was coined in 2013 by China’s President Xi Jinping, who drew inspiration from the concept ofContinue reading “Belt and Road Initiative – Strategic Goals – Now A Debt Trap – Security Implications India”