16 October 2015   Leave a comment

The China Times is an official news outlet for the Chinese Communist Party and it has published an editorial that suggests that China intends to react to any US  naval provocations in the South China Sea.  China has built up reefs and built military capable facilities on those reefs.  It claims the built up reefs as part of its national territory.  The UN Conference on the Law of the Sea, however, does not recognize reefs as part of national territory.  The US has announced that it intends to send naval vessels within a 12-mile limit (the traditional boundary of national terriroty as defined in maritime terms) of those reefs.  According to international law, the US has the right of innocent passage. According to the Chinese:

“If the US encroaches on China’s core interests, the Chinese military will stand up and use force to stop it.”

We will have to see if a confrontation occurs.

Manohar Lal Khattar, chief minister of the northern state of Haryana in India, has urged all Muslims in the country to give up eating beef out of respect for the sentiments of Hindus.  Khattar belongs to the ruling party of Narendra Modi and his call came after a mob lynched a Muslim man because of a rumor that he had eaten beef.  In a newspaper interview Khattar was quoted saying:

“They can be Muslim even after they stop eating beef, can’t they? It is written nowhere that Muslims have to eat beef, nor is it written anywhere in Christianity that they have to eat beef.”

The comments are likely to inflame tensions between Muslims and Hindus in India.

The Russian offensive in Syria has raised many questions about Russia’s ultimate intentions.  The key question is whether Russia’s objectives are limited to those confined to Syria itself, or whether the objectives represent a gambit with much more global scope.  At this time we don’t have enough information to answer this question, but the German newspaper Spiegel raises some perspectives that can help narrow the possiblities.

 

 

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Posted October 17, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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