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Fragile Ties~III

In his bid to move forward, he took note of India’s declaration of a moratorium on further tests and New Delhi’s readiness to begin discussions on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). N

Rethinking Unicorns

A shift is palpable in Silicon Valley, where unicorns once roamed freely. It speaks volumes about the resilience and adaptability of the tech ecosystem.

Market Optimism

In the realm of financial markets, the echoes of a golden age are fading, leaving investors pondering the sustainability of recent euphoria.

Is the US overestimating the threat from Beijing?

Half of all Americans responding to a mid-2023 survey from the Pew Research Center cited China as the biggest risk to the U.S., with Russia trailing in second with 17 per cent. Other surveys, such as from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, show similar findings.

Pandora’s Box

The biggest stumbling block to booking the persons involved in money laundering and large-scale tax evasion is the tedious procedure for exchange of information. Tax havens are understandably reluctant to share information but no country in the world is willing to part with information that has the potential of harming its citizens, so, procedural reasons are routinely cited to deny the request for information from foreign jurisdictions.

Hasina and Kabul

It is equally obvious that Hasina has been the most assertive among South Asian leaders in matters relating to Afghanistan, not surprisingly because politically her principal opposition comprises those who have flirted with fundamentalism.

Plugging away

That does not exclude military cooperation, as the announcement of the latest round of JIMEX and, earlier, the 25th Malabar Naval Exercises in which navies of all Quad member-states participated has shown.

Race with China~III

But the fertile central plain is both China‘s strength as well as its weakness. China feeds 23 per cent of the world‘s population from 7 per cent of arable land, by crowding some 2,000 human beings onto each square mile of cultivated earth in the valleys and flood plains. But the narrow coastal zone of prosperity also creates a deep social chasm because it profits hugely from maritime trade which does not flow to the rest of China.

Will Pandora Papers make a difference?

The files were provided to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), and hundreds of journalists have spent 18 months trawling through the nearly 12 million files.