Tuesday Round-up: India, China Seek Closer Ties

India Seeks To Deepen Ties With China
The China Daily reports that India is laying the groundwork for increased cooperation with China weeks before Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh travels to Beijing.

Salman Khurshid, Indian external affairs minister believes the two countries should adopt a broader view of relations.

“I look forward to the day when a decision needs to be made and people look at India and China, and say, ‘We cannot make the decision unless both of them are on board,” Khurshid said.

China and India are making concerted efforts to expand bilateral trade volume to $100 billion by 2015.

United Nations Maintains Strong Global Image
A new poll by the Pew Research Center finds the United Nations receiving overall positive approval among clear majorities in 22 of the 39 countries surveyed.

Not surprisingly, the international body is viewed most negatively by nations in the Middle East and is held in greater esteem by younger and more educated respondents.

“While overall evaluations of the UN are high, there is even greater support among the younger generation, those with a college degree, and respondents with higher incomes. For example, 73% of Americans ages 18-to-29 years old have a positive opinion of the UN, while only about half (49%) of those ages 50 and over agree, a 24-point age gap. Large generational differences also abound in Canada, Turkey, Senegal, France, Australia, Lebanon, Mexico and Spain. Overall, there are significant age gaps in 18 of the 39 countries surveyed,” the study found.

Global Citizenry Foreign Policy Has Failed, Says Analyst
Eliot Abrams contends the foreign policy centered around global citizenry has failed because President Barack Obama did not deliver on its promises.

“This global citizenship we all share would, at first glance, seem to reflect a genuine concern with how average men and women and families are living around the world. Such a concern ought to lead to two sets of policies: one to help them overcome political oppression, and one to help them meet the daily challenges of poverty and disease. And here is the second innovative aspect of Obama’s foreign policy: the startling absence of concern on either front,” he writes.

Abrams says the humanitarian aspect has been marked by “indifference,” while he has failed to fulfill his commitment to fully engage in the Middle East.

“The overall impression in the Middle East is that America is pulling away. That Economist editorial ended with a plea: “When Persian power is on the rise, it is not the time to back away from the Middle East.” This is an expression of deep anxiety, politely phrased in London but spoken with less restraint in Jerusalem and nearly every Arab capital. In fact, the very same words are often heard because so many Arab states—from Jordan and Morocco to Saudi Arabia and the Emirates—have, like Israel, tied their security to our willpower and ability to act. The prevailing mood is trepidation.”





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