Global Media on G-20 and Narendra Modi has visit - Part 1

On marking the new frontiers of loyalty

A very insightful article written by Mark Malloch Brown for Bangkok Post mentions that, 'our allegiances, particularly in the West, have rarely seemed more divided than they do now. Amartya Sen, the Nobel laureate economist, has argued that we can learn to live with these multiple identities and even thrive with the diversity of citizenship and loyalties that they allow us'. Mr. Brown however, argues that this diversity is not entirely benign.

He also mentions that, 'under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, India may prove to be a semi-admiring imitator of China. Russia, by contrast, is a more classic National Security State, now playing Western anxieties like a fiddle to consolidate its tightening grip on Ukraine and suppress domestic opposition with a tide of official nationalism'.

On Putin’s hitting on China’s First Lady

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian wrote for Foreign Policy about President Putin hitting on China’s First Lady. She begins by stating that the first unspoken rule of diplomacy of not hitting on the President’s wife has been missed by Russia’s newly single President. She then describes how the events unfolded on the evening of 10th of November at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

She also talked of how within hours of posting the video, Chinese news sites pulled it off and censors scrubbed it off social media sites as President Xi specifically targets “infidelity as both a sign and a symptom of graft” and given China’s growing economic and military ties with Russia, even the hint of less than squeaky-clean behaviour involving Russia’s President and China’s First Lady is certainly strictly verboten.

On APEC

Amy Miller while writing for Legal Insurrection decided to focus on the overambitious US and China’s pledge to address greenhouse gas emissions. Both the nations had made the joint announcement at APEC summit in Beijing. Amy quotes CBS News to state that, “India’s new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has already set renewable energy targets for the country, including using solar energy to ensure full energy access by 2019, but analysts and experts are expecting more definitive commitments”.

Xie Chao while writing for Global Times said that India declined the invitation for attending APEC summit despite Chinese President Xi Jinping extending invitation personally to PM Modi during their first meeting in Brazil on the side-lines of the sixth BRICS summit. It is believed that India’s 'recent moves regarding WTO negotiations and declining this APEC meeting present us with an India in contradiction'. Xie Chao’s suggestion is that India’s economic reform and development could certainly benefit from APEC institutions for broader contact with other Asia-Pacific countries.

On ASEAN Summit

Global Research published a piece by Joseph Santolan on the wrap up of the ASEAN summit. He wrote, 'While the plenary discussions held at this year’s summit did not see much in the way of open hostility, every regional actor was engaged in strained political manoeuvres. The tensions throughout Southeast Asia, centred upon the disputed waters of the South China Sea, have reached their sharpest pitch in decades and the threat of war is palpable'. Mr. Santolan also quotes President Obama state that 'the importance of all countries in the region to abide by rules-based norms and international law'.

Razak Ahmad for The Star too focused on 'China’s flexing of muscles in the South China Sea has created friction with several Asean members'. Mr. Ahmad quoted Tan Sri Ajit Singh, who served as Asean’s first secretary-general from 1993 to 1997, say 'Malaysia is also a direct party in the dispute but we have good economic and political relations with China. As chairman, we are expected to try and prevent the issues from getting out of hand'.

On informal BRICS meet

For Bloomberg Sharon Chen, Raymond Colitt and Zhou Zin wrote about the informal BRICS meet before the G-20 summit. At the meet the five BRICS nations agreed to speed up formation of a development bank and raised concerns over the pace of the global economic recovery. Brazilian President said at the meeting that, 'the advanced countries haven’t managed a consistent recovery and international trade isn’t growing enough to stimulate emerging markets. Advanced economies need to boost their internal demand to pre-crisis levels instead of trying to solve their problems by increasing their exports'.

Global Post also talked about the informal BRICS meet before the G-20 and Chinese President was quoted as saying that, 'the BRICS countries should remain committed to drafting long-term blueprint for economic cooperation and forging a closer economic partnership by facilitating market inter-linkages, financial integration, infrastructure connectivity as well as people-to-people contacts'. He was also further quoted mentioning that, 'the cooperation between the BRICS countries should be driven by the two 'wheels' of economy and politics so that the BRICS can act as not only the world’s economic engine, but also a shield for world peace'.

On PM Modi

Kavita Bedford wrote a very offensive piece in The Guardian about Mr. Modi cultivating his own mythology and marketing himself through social media. She wrote, 'His 'rags to riches' story is a powerful tale of upward mobility in India’s strict caste system. He has been championed by economists as the man who will rid the nation of weighty subsidy programs, yet in recent times his personal image is of the humble man: an ascetic for many years, vegetarian, speaking colloquial Hindi'. She mentions that Mr. Modi proclaims himself as a small person who thinks about small people and then he writes 'a preface to children’s textbooks currently being studied by students in Gujarat claiming that the flying chariots in the Ramayana prove India invented the jet plane'.

Ben Doherty too wrote about Mr. Modi in The Guardian almost on the similar lines. He says Mr. Modi who was an international political pariah for over a decade arrived at the G-20 as the political rock star of the summit. He said that he was the man the other leaders were seeking out. He also mentioned that Mr. Modi though speaks excellent English prefers to talk in Hindi which is the north Indian vernacular. He also wrote that Mr. Modi wrote a note in his mother tongue on a prototype agricultural robot at QUT when invited to sign his name on the robot.

Mr. Doherty said that Mr. Modi has started Clean India Mission but 20 of his ministers which is almost a third of his cabinet face criminal charges including attempted murder, rape, waging war on the state, criminal intimidation and fraud. He also said that there is serious concern about Mr. Modi’s style of governance which is totalitarian and dictatorial.

Fiji Sun republished Ben Doherty’s above mentioned piece in The Guardian with minor changes.Business World on the other hand talked about how 'Modi’s appearance at the 21,000-seat arena, which hosted the Rolling Stones last week, underscored the rock star status he enjoys among some Indians at home and abroad'. Business World mentions that Modi urged overseas Indians to boost investment at home, reprising an appeal made elsewhere, including the United States, where he sold out New York’s Madison Square Garden in September.

On the climate change

The Guardian talked about how the world leaders ensured that Australia uses sterner language when it came to climate change and how Tony Abbott said that he would be 'standing up for coal' as Australia is a major coal producer. The Guardian says that as the G-20 progresses, the Queensland government was preparing to unveil new infrastructure spending to help the development of Australia’s largest coal mine.

The Economist too talked about Australian PM rebuffing his climate policy and wooing China and India. The media mentions that, 'Australia is responsible for about 1.5% of global carbon emissions; measured by its output per person, it is one of the highest polluters. Yet Mr Abbott has staked his political career on a combative approach to climate action. As opposition leader four years ago, he unseated his predecessor as leader of the conservative Liberal Party over a deal with the then Labour government for an emissions-trading scheme; that deal sank. Mr Abbott won power last year after waging a scare campaign against a carbon tax Labour had introduced instead; his government has since abolished it. Mr Abbott argued in Brisbane that climate talks should happen elsewhere, not at meetings of the G20'.

Courtesy Niti Central

 


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