The Broad Mind | Daily Update: May 23, 2013

Chinese Media Watch

  •  The Chinese media has reacted to Premier Li Keqiang’s official visit to India positively, with China Daily describing it as “very fruitful”. Ahead of President Xi Jinping’s visit to the US in the first week of June, an editorial in the Chinese Global Timessays that the meeting between Xi and Obama comes at a right time, cautioning that “mutual suspicion between the two countries is deepening after frictions on Internet security, the Diaoyu Islands and the South China Sea. If both sides still attach importance to mutual trust, then a strong positive signal is urgently needed to reduce suspicions”, the editorial says. Meanwhile, a Chinese scholar of US relations, Shen Dingli, has called for Chinese officials to “learn from how Li Keqiang won over the Indian public and media during his just-concluded visit by adopting a more “credible and affable” approach and conversing or giving speeches in English”.

Around the World

  • Till earlier this month, Israel had insisted that it would not get involved in the conflict in neighboring Syria, but at the same time, has warned that it would stop sophisticated weapons from being transfered into Hezbollah’s hands. Earlier this month, Israel stuck a weapons shipment and on Tuesday, a Syrian army position. Now, “Israelis are asking what their options are, as if they feel it has become impossible to avoid deeper involvement”,according to the New York Times. It  quotes Israel’s former chief negotiator with Syria as saying that a “policy that functions successfully for more than two years for Israel, that policy is not working because Syria, Iran, Hezbollah and Russia have all upped the ante”.
  • The activities of a extremist movement in China’s Xinjiang province, known as the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), have spread to neighboring Pakistan’s volatile North Waziristan are,a according to The Diplomat. The group advocates for liberating Xinjiang from China and establishing an Islamic caliphate in its place. A video showing what appears to be ETIM’s training camp in Pakistan, is “the first evidence of long-time Chinese claims that such training camps are active in the tribal areas of Pakistan”.
  • A BBC article says that former Iranian President Rafsanjani’s disqualification from next month’s presidential elections shows that “the centrist faction led by the 78-year-old has been pushed out of the political establishment”, exposing a “weaker and agitated political establishment prepared to rip out its own roots”.

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