Around Asia Pacific & Oceania [04.23.15]

 

Denuclearization of North Korea

“China’s top nuclear experts have increased their estimates of North Korea’s nuclear weapons production well beyond most previous figures, suggesting Pyongyang can make enough warheads to threaten regional security for the U.S. and its allies.

The latest Chinese estimates showed that North Korea may already have 20 warheads, as well as the capability of producing enough weapons-grade uranium to double its arsenal by next year

US – South Korea Relations

“The U.S. and South Korea on Wednesday signed a new nuclear-energy cooperation pact that approves Seoul’s nuclear research (Nuclear Engineering) but doesn’t allow the Asian nation to produce its own fuel.

During nearly five years of negotiations, South Korea has been pushing for U.S. approval to make its own fuel for its fleet of 23 nuclear reactors.”

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert and South Korean Ambassador for Nuclear Energy Cooperation Park Ro-byug after initialing a new nuclear-energy pact [Image Courtesy of WSJ]

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert and South Korean Ambassador for Nuclear Energy Cooperation Park Ro-byug after initialing a new nuclear-energy pact [Image Courtesy of WSJ]

America In Realization [04.08.15]

 

Foreign Policy: US – Cuba Relations

Cubans check their phones outside a center run by a Havana artist who offers his Wi-Fi network for free [Image Courtesy of Wall Street Journal]

Cubans check their phones outside a center run by a Havana artist who offers his Wi-Fi network for free [Image Courtesy of Wall Street Journal]

“Nonprofit group’s ‘hackathon’ invites U.S. programmers to create apps for the isolated island.

Code for Cuba “hackathon,” organized by Miami-based nonprofit group Roots of Hope, aims to attract U.S. engineers, software developers and entrepreneurs to work.

“Our goal is to empower Cuban people as the conversation on technology there is more open now”. The idea is to create programs that can be applied in Cuba immediately.

Cuban law, which forbids satellite connection and restricts private imports of goods like wireless routers.”

 

We would like to see President Raul Castro taking initiatives to open up Cuba’s Market and Economy. #FreeMarketEconomyForNations

 

 

“It’s Cuba”

 

“Can we get to Cuba?”

Foreign Policy: US – China Relations

“Chinese executives are raising their voices on social and political issues … A highly unusual move …”

[Courtesy of Wall Street Journal]

[Courtesy of Wall Street Journal]

আজকের উপলব্ধিতে নাগরিক ঐক্য [০৩.০৪.১৫]

 

নাগরিক ঐক্য #Nagorik

“সমাজের ভেতর চিন্তা ও প্রতিরোধের শক্তি ছাড়া ভরসা করার আর কী আছে আমাদের?”

অপরাধ-সন্ত্রাস মুক্ত বাংলাদেশ #TowardsCrimeFreeBangladesh

মাদকমুক্ত বাংলাদেশ  #StopDrugTrafficking  #Nagorik

Bangladeshi Americans

“শুধু বাংলাদেশের নয়, দক্ষিণ এশিয়া থেকে আসা যেকোনো অভিবাসীর মধ্যে সবচেয়ে কম বয়সী নির্বাচিত কাউন্সিল সদস্য তাহসিনা।”

শপথ গ্রহণ অনুষ্ঠানের দিনে তাহসিনা

শপথ গ্রহণ অনুষ্ঠানের দিনে তাহসিনা

 

 

International Relations

International: United States

[July]

“চলতি বছরের জুলাই মাসে ওবামা কেনিয়ায় সফর করবেন বলে ঘোষণা দিয়েছে হোয়াইট হাউস।”

[Link: পৃথিবীতে এমন মানুষও আছে – যার কপালে Sign আছে – সে কে!]

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International: Iran Nuclear Deal

[July]

জুলাই ১, ২০১৫ -তে ইরানের সাথে চূড়ান্ত চুক্তি (Nuclear Deal) হবে।

একদিকে P5 + 1 (United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, Germany) আর অন্যদিকে Iran – দুই পক্ষ-ই নিজ নিজ ক্ষেত্রে ছাড় দিয়ে Nuclear Deal করতে সম্মত হয়েছে আমার উপর আস্থা রেখে।

আমি না থাকলে – দুই পক্ষের কেউ-ই এতটা ছাড় দিতে রাজি হত না।

Articles

#TowardsWorldPeace  #TowardsNuclearWeaponFreeWorld

 

IranNuclearDeal

Around Asia Pacific & Oceania [03.08.15]

 

China

Trinkets depicting President Xi Jinping and Mao Zedong

Trinkets depicting President Xi Jinping and Mao Zedong

 

“Not since Mao dominated the nation with his masterly blend of populism, fervor and fear has a Chinese leader commanded so much public awe as President Xi Jinping.

Some of his appeal stems from his war on corruption and from feel-good sloganeering like the “Chinese Dream,” his pitch for a rejuvenated, powerful nation.”

 

Around Asia Pacific & Oceania [03.01.15]

China

“China is considering enacting a new anti-terror law that significantly enhances its already broad powers in a number of areas. That includes information technology, where U.S. officials and business groups are concerned that the draft law goes too far.”

 

আজকের উপলব্ধিতে নাগরিক ঐক্য [২৬.০২.১৫]

নাগরিক ঐক্য  #Nagorik

“নারায়ণগঞ্জের মেধাবী ছাত্র তানভীর মুহাম্মদ ত্বকী হত্যা মামলার অভিযোগপত্র দ্রুত প্রদান ও এ হত্যাকাণ্ডে জড়িত ব্যক্তিদের গ্রেপ্তারের জন্য বিবৃতি দিয়েছেন দেশের ২১ জন বিশিষ্ট নাগরিক। গতকাল বৃহস্পতিবার দুপুরে সন্ত্রাস নির্মূল ত্বকী মঞ্চের সদস্যসচিব কবি হালিম আজাদের সই করা এক বিজ্ঞপ্তিতে এ তথ্য জানানো হয়।

বিবৃতিতে সই করেছেনঃ আনিসুজ্জামান, সিরাজুল ইসলাম চৌধুরী, কামাল লোহানী, আহমদ রফিক, হাসান আজিজুল হক, যতীন সরকার, সৈয়দ আনোয়ার হোসেন, বদিউল আলম মজুমদার, হায়াৎ মামুদ, কবি রফিক আজাদ, সুলতানা কামাল, সফিউদ্দিন আহমদ, সৈয়দ মনজুরুল ইসলাম, সারওয়ার আলী, মালেকা বেগম, শওকত আরা হোসেন, শফি আহমদ, শান্তনু কায়সার, মামুনুর রশীদ, আনু মুহাম্মদ ও এম এম আকাশ।”

 

International Relations – Foreign Policy – Diplomacy

World Bank   #Nagorik

2 Billion Dollar ঋণ সহায়তা এনে দিয়েছি। আরও Loan, Investments নিয়ে আসবো। কিন্তু এসব নিয়ে দুর্নীতি বা কোনরকম অনিয়ম হলে আইনের আওতায় আনা হবে।

 

“বাংলাদেশের উন্নয়নে চলতি বছরের জুনে আরও এক বিলিয়ন ডলার দিচ্ছে বিশ্বব্যাংক। এরইমধ্যে চলতি অর্থবছরে এক বিলিয়ন ডলার দেওয়ার প্রতিশ্রুতি দিয়েছে সংস্থাটি।”

 

“বিশ্বব্যাংক আগামী জুনের শেষ নাগাদ বাংলাদেশকে প্রায় ২০০ কোটি ডলার (২ বিলিয়ন ডলার) ঋণ সহায়তা দেবে; যা স্থানীয় মুদ্রায় প্রায় ১৫ হাজার ৫৮৫ কোটি টাকা।”

 

Law Enforcement Agencies

“বিজিবির পক্ষে নেতৃত্ব দেন ঠাকুরগাঁও সেক্টরের অধিনায়ক কর্নেল মো. আকরামুল হক ও বিএসএফের পক্ষে কিষানগঞ্জ সেক্টরের অধিনায়ক ব্রিগেডিয়ার এ এস পানোয়ার।”

International : China

“প্রেসিডেন্ট জিনপিংয়ের ‘ফোর কমপ্রিহেনসিভস’কে সংক্ষেপে তুলে ধরেছে পিপলস ডেইলি। সেগুলো হলো,

নিবিড়ভাবে একটি মাঝারি মানের সমৃদ্ধ সমাজ বিনির্মাণ,

সংস্কারকাজকে জোরদার করা,

আইন অনুসারে নিবিড়ভাবে শাসনকাজ পরিচালনা করা এবং

দলকে (চীনা কমিউনিস্ট পার্টি) কঠোরতার সঙ্গে পরিচালনা করা।”

Around Asia Pacific & Oceania [02.23.15]

China   #SayNoToCorruption

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So extensive was the stash of jade, gold and cash found in the basement of General Xu’s mansion in Beijing that at least ten lorries were needed to haul it away.

The PLA (People’s Liberation Army) is the Communist Party’s armed wing—its soldiers swear allegiance to the Party rather than the people or the country. All officers are party members.

In the 1990s the PLA dived into commerce. The army set up 20,000-30,000 business across China. Many became the seeds of rampant corruption.

Corruption is worst in departments dealing with logistics, weapons procurement and political matters.

President Xi Jinping’s military clout gives him a greater chance of success than his predecessors in curbing graft in the PLA.”

 

China : Business & Economy

Wang Jianlin‘s firm, Dalian Wanda, is now China’s biggest private property developer, with shopping centres opened, or coming soon, in 100 cities.   #PhysicalDigitalRetail

His personal fortune soaring past $25 billion: he vies with Alibaba’s Jack Ma for the title of the country’s richest man. Now China’s land king is going global.

Mr Wang wants to transform Dalian Wanda into a global entertainment colossus capable of beating Disney, which plans to open Shanghai Disneyland next year. He insists it can become a global force like Google and Walmart.  #ThemeParkDevelopment

In the interior city of Wuhan … A 1.8 square km plot …. has been rebuilt with a 1,700 metre canal, a Wanda department store, two Wanda hotels and several office buildings.  #SmartCity

 

China : Business & Economy

Around Asia Pacific & Oceania [02.03.15]

China : Shanghai

Walt Disney characters perform with children during a celebration held for the start of construction work on Shanghai Disneyland in April 2011.

Walt Disney characters perform with children during a celebration held for the start of construction work on Shanghai Disneyland in April 2011.

Walt Disney Co. ’s $5.5 billion theme park in Shanghai, previously set to open by the end of this year, will instead open in the first half of 2016.”

Around Asia Pacific & Oceania [01.12.15]

Ensuring Security in the Asia Pacific Region

#TowardsWorldPeace

We are on the cusp of a huge breakthrough towards Regional Peace & Security in the Asia Pacific Region.

South Korea – North Korea Relations

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“South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Monday proposed a symbolic reunion of families separated by war next month as she sought a breakthrough in relations with North Korea.

Ms. Park also said she would be willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “without preconditions,” though she added that the Pyongyang regime must attend with “an open mind.”

She said civilian humanitarian aid and exchanges, such as family reunions, could be a starting point for an inter-Korean rapprochement and urged Pyongyang to respond to her offer.

.. 1950-53 Korean War. Official data say about 70,000 South Koreans, mostly in their 80s or older, are waiting their turn to be briefly reunited with relatives living across the border in the north.

Ms. Park added that she aims to improve ties with China, Japan and Russia while maintaining Seoul’s alliance with Washington, its main military ally, to achieve denuclearization of North Korea.”

Earlier

Around South Asia & South East Asia [01.11.15]

Sri Lanka

Large Scale Engineering in Sri Lanka

#LargeScaleEngineering

Sri Lanka’s new prime minister has said he will cancel a $1.5 billion “port city” being built by China on the waterfront in Colombo, the capital.

Sri Lanka’s new prime minister has said he will cancel a $1.5 billion “port city” being built by China on the waterfront in Colombo, the capital.

“… was ready to  allow Sri Lankan territory to be used for Chinese military activity.

Chinese-funded infrastructure projects

China began construction of a $1.5 billion “port city” including malls, hotels and marinas, part of a constellation of Chinese investments that represent an estimated $4 billion in loans.

Last month, Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was sworn in as prime minister on Friday, said he would cancel the planned $1.5 billion port city, and Harsha de Silva, economic affairs spokesman for the opposition United National Party, said the new government planned to review all major infrastructure projects for “irregularities.”

As the West drew back, China, stepped in, both rich and easygoing on human rights.

Sri Lanka is a linchpin in one of Mr. Xi’s key foreign policy projects, a maritime trade route intended to connect China and Europe, known as the “Silk Road.” The plan, backed by a $40 billion fund, is viewed nervously by India as an encircling strategy that could undermine its own dominance in the region and conceivably culminate in the construction of Chinese military facilities.

“They all (African Nations), in one way or another, turn to China, because it was the only player ready to help them finance infrastructure and public spending,”

“the difference between credit (China) and real aid (West).”

This time, Washington should be prepared, perhaps with its own investment program.

“There has been an underestimation of the power of Chinese money, the simple and pure power, and how much of it they are willing to throw around the region,”

#TahsinVersion2 : Observations regarding Chinese Investments and “Large Scale Engineering” [ #LargeScaleEngineering ] Projects 

  • Chinese investments are qualitatively different : it’s the Chinese State and SOE (State Owned Enterprise)s that invest, (China being a country where “State Capitalism” is practiced) – which contributes to their dreams of imperial expansions.
  • China is more approachable to many countries as China doesn’t demand Western ideals of Free Speech and respect of Human Rights for investments.

Around Asia Pacific & Oceania [01.04.15]

Ensuring Security in the Asia Pacific Region

#TowardsWorldPeace

North Korea

“North Korean leader offers olive branch in New Year address devoid of threats or bombast

North Korea’s leader sent a rare conciliatory signal on Thursday, offering “highest-level talks” with his counterparts in the South.

Kim Jong-un delivered a televised New Year message notably devoid of threats and bombast.

In the past, North Korea has promised variously to turn Seoul into a “sea of fire”, destroy its neighbour with “merciless strikes” and launch nuclear weapons at America. Last month, North Korea compared President Barack Obama to a “monkey” and threatened to attack the White House, the Pentagon and the entire “cesspool of terrorism” known as the “US mainland”.

But Mr Kim, who tested a nuclear weapon in 2013, dropped the rhetoric and proffered an olive branch during his latest public appearance. He promised to “make every effort to advance dialogue and negotiations”, adding that the “tragic” division of the Korean peninsula should be healed.”

 

Youtube Video: Kim Jong Un open to talks with South Korea

Agendas For The World

Agendas For The World

Latin America & Caribbean

  • Drug & Arms Control. #StopDrugTrafficking
    • Mexico, Colombia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Caribbean Region (Trafficking).
  • Market Reform. Opening up Markets.
    • Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela.
  • Stable Democracies. Peace with Rebel Groups.
    • Colombia: Government – FARC Peace Deal.

Asia Pacific & Oceania

  • Ensuring Security.
  • Denuclearization of North Korea. Rebuilding North Korea.
  • Establishment of Democracy in Hong Kong.
  • Proper Democracy in Taiwan.
  • Establishment of Rights of Religious and Ethnic Minorities #MinorityRights [China: Tibetan Buddhists, Chinese Christians, Uyghur Muslims]
  • Assisting China & President Xi Jinping to deal with the Challenges China faces today:
    • Dealing with a Middle Class (in the Urban region) that is ever more demanding.
    • Rural Region: Transition from Socialist (collective ownership) to Market-Driven Economy.
    • Challenges of Economic Reforms: gradual opening of Markets (that President Xi Jinping & The Communist Party has in agenda).
    • Challenges of opening up Media. Promotion of Freedom & Liberty & Free Speech.

EU Region & Eastern Europe

  • Establishment of Peace & Security in Ukraine, Followed by Rebuilding Ukraine #LetsBuildStrongerUkraine
  • Italy – #StopOrganizedCrime . Disrupting all of the Organized Crime, Mafia Groups operating in Italy and their counterparts operating in US and Latin America (‘Ndrangheta, Sicilian Mafia, other Organized Crime Groups.)  #StopDrugTrafficking
  • Security in Eastern Europe: Moldova, Georgia, Lithunia, Latvia, Ukraine.
  • Integration of Eastern European Nations into European Union (EU) and Euro.
  • Integration of Russia into European Union (EU).

South Asia & South East Asia

  • Drug & Arms Control.
  • Human Trafficking Control.
  • Gold Smuggling Control. Money Laundering Control.
  • Establishment of Rights of Religious and Ethnic Minorities. #MinorityRights
    • Bangladesh, India, Burma, China (Tibetan Buddhists, Chinese Christians, Uyghur Muslims)
  • Changing the Hearts & Minds of Extremists.
  • Anti-Corruption Initiatives.  #SayNoToCorruption

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Electricity. Gas.
  • Poverty Reduction.
  • Better Healthcare.
  • Promotion of Education.  #EmpoweringPeople
  • Agricultural Development: Agricultural Technologies, Flow of Information, Biotechnology.
  • Anti-Corruption Initiatives.  #SayNoToCorruption
  • Peace & Security in Somalia, Central African Republic & South Sudan.

Middle East, Central Asia & North Africa

  • Peace & Security in the region.
  • Changing the Hearts & Minds of Extremists.
  • Stable Governments.
  • Rebuilding of war-torn Syria, Iraq & Libya.
  • Establishment of Democracy in Oman.
  • Iran Nuclear Deal (Complete Deal – July 2015 – Hopefully).

Two of my significant contributions to the Middle East & North Africa Region:

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Driving away Saudi Arabia (and its allies) from supporting certain groups of Extremists (e.g., certain groups of Sunni extremists like groups of Al-Qaeda). And driving away Iran (and its allies) from supporting certain groups of Extremists (groups of Shiite extremists like Hezbollah)

President Mahmoud Abbas

President Mahmoud Abbas with Hamas Leaders

 

– [12.28.14]