Some updates about the ongoing standoff at the trijunction border of India, Bhutan, and China:
- The Indian Express reports that senior Chinese and Indian officials met in Beijing on the sidelines of a security forum for BRICS — the organization based on a Goldman Sachs buzzword whose members are Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. There have been no official statements from either side on the border dispute.
- Former Indian foreign secretary Shyam Saran published an essay in Yale Global, in which he argues that China’s rise will confront India with many problems, but that “India must carefully select a few key issues where it must confront China, avoiding annoyances not vital to national security.” Saran specifically identifies the border dispute at Doklam as “a significant security challenge” for India.
- The South China Morning Post reports that Chinese social media users are ranting against India Today magazine for printing a cover with a map of China that does not include Tibet and Taiwan. Taiwan News notes an opposite reaction from the island’s social media users: One commenter said, “India has finally done a positive thing that the world can look up to.”
The cover of the New York Times Magazine for July 30, 2017: ‘Flee at once’: China’s besieged human rights lawyers
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Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia
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South China Sea
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