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Putin Named Most Powerful Person in World by Forbes

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 31, 2013



Russian President Vladimir Putin was named the most powerful person on the planet by Forbes magazine Wednesday, knocking US President Barack Obama off the number one spot.

Forbes said that Putin, who ranked third last year, showed his dominance in diplomatic maneuvring during the international crisis over Syria, and the fate of fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden who was given asylum in Russia.

“Putin has solidified his control over Russia (“dictator” is no longer an outlandish word to ponder) and the global stage,” Forbes said.

The top spot has been given to Obama every year since Forbes began compiling the ranking in 2009, except in 2010 when Hu Jintao, the former Chinese leader, was deemed the most influential. Read the rest of this entry »

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Xi Jinping, China Vice President, Named Communist Party Leader

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 15, 2012

By Ben Blanchard and Sui-Lee Wee

BEIJING, Nov 15 (Reuters) – China’s ruling Communist Party unveiled its new leadership line-up on Thursday to steer the world’s second-largest economy for the next five years, with Vice President Xi Jinping taking over from outgoing President Hu Jintao as party chief.

Xi was also named head of the party’s Central Military Commission, state news agency Xinhua said.

The other new members of the Politburo Standing Committee – the innermost circle of power in China’s authoritarian government – include premier-in-waiting Li Keqiang and financial guru Wang Qishan, who will be in charge of fighting corruption. Read the rest of this entry »

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Code Red: China’s Leadership Transition Begins Amid Pomp and Security

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 8, 2012


And so it has begun. On the morning of Nov. 8, just a day (because of the time difference) after U.S. voters re-elected President Barack Obama, China began its once-a-decade leadership transition. President Hu Jintao is expected to make way for Vice President Xi Jinping, the 59-year-old bureaucrat son of a Communist Party elder. More than 2,000 delegates, supposedly representing 82.6 million Party members, gathered in the crimson-carpeted Great Hall of the People on Thursday morning to begin the week-long process of designating the new Politburo Standing Committee. This powerful conclave will soon rule China, with Xi helming the seven (or possibly nine) committee members as the new General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

At the Party confab’s Opening Ceremony, delegates were adorned with hammer-and-sickle identity cards. Hu’s 100-minute-long keynote report, delivered in front of a massive golden hammer-and-sickle mounted on the wall, was heavy with Communist cant, urging Chinese citizens and Communist Party members to “firmly march on the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics and strive to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects.”

(MORE: Can China’s New Leader Prevent Economic Crisis?)

Just in case the message wasn’t clear—there were, after all, delegates who took the outgoing General Secretary’s speech as an opportunity to snooze—a slogan that wrapped around part of the room reminded delegates of the contributions of previous Communist chiefs: “Hold high the banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics, use [former leader] Deng Xiaoping Theory, the Three Represents [theory of former party chief Jiang Zemin] and the scientific development outlook [of current leader Hu] as our guidelines, advance on the road of socialism with Chinese characteristics without hesitation, struggle for the building of a well-off society in an all-round way!” Read the rest of this entry »

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How a Ferrari Crash May Have Unsettled China’s Leadership Transition

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 5, 2012

There is still much that is unknown about the March car crash, but it seems to have caused some serious political drama.
Andy Wong / AP

Ling Jihua, a loyal aide and confidante to President Hu Jintao, left, looks on as Chinese President Hu Jintao, bottom right, signs a document after attending the closing ceremony of the National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on March 14, 2010

During a Beijing spring filled with salacious political gossip about the downfall of senior government official Bo Xilai, the March 18 crash of a Ferrari on the outskirts of the city was just one more shocking episode in this cloistered capital. As the rumor mill in Beijing worked overtime, I heard scandalous but totally unconfirmable whispers from Chinese journalists employed at government-run publications and other well-sourced insiders. The driver of the black Italian sports car was the son of a high-ranking government official, they alleged. There were two young women in the car. Astonishingly, the ladies were not members of China’s Han ethnic majority, but Tibetans. One (or more) of the car’s occupants had perished in the crash.

Each tantalizing, unprovable detail prompted further questions. How had the son of a Communist Party official, whose salary is relatively meager, managed to acquire a Ferrari? Tibetans have been so despondent over Communist control over their land that dozens of local youngsters have self-immolated in recent months, sparking a massive security crackdown by the Chinese government. So what were members of this oft oppressed minority doing in a vehicle supposedly driven by a party scion? Read the rest of this entry »

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How Nepal Can Have An “Invincible” Military – OpEd

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 6, 2012

By Deepak Prakash Baskota and Dr. David R. Leffler

Although social scientists argue that research shows that our world is becoming a safer and more peaceful place, dangerous hotspots still exist. Over the years Iranian leaders such as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel. Besides perennial tensions in the Middle East, North Korean Deputy Commander Li Gum-chol recently threatened, “We will turn Seoul into a sea of flames by our strong and cruel artillery firepower, which cannot be compared to our artillery shelling on Yeonpyeong Island. We are training hard, concentrating on revenge to shock [South Korean President] Lee Myung-bak’s traitorous group and the military warmongers in South Korea.”

Such fiery rhetoric is not an encouraging indicator of enduring friendship, security and lasting world peace. If nuclear war were to break out between nations and/or terrorists were to acquire nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction, global tensions and engagement could rapidly escalate, creating a grave situation even for leaders in Nepal. This is why worried leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon attended the second Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in Seoul, South Korea on March 26 – 27. Read the rest of this entry »

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Barack Obama Urges North Korea ‘To Have The Courage To Pursue Peace’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 26, 2012

I think this is the time to be student first rather than to be a teacher. Everybody wants to be a teacher and nobody interested to be a student. This is the main problem:

SEOUL, South Korea — President Barack Obama warned North Korea and Iran on Monday that their options are few, and their friends fewer, as those nations refuse to back down from actions the world sees as menacing.

“By now it should be clear,” Obama said, addressing North Korea from the South Korean capital only about 30 miles away. “Your provocations and pursuit of nuclear weapons have not achieved the security you seek, they have undermined it. Instead of the dignity you desire, you are more isolated.”

As he spoke, his South Korean hosts warned they might shoot down parts of a North Korean rocket if they fell over South Korean territory, as worries about what Washington calls a long-range missile test overshadowed an international nuclear security summit. The summit of more than 50 nations opened with a dinner Monday.

In remarks earlier Monday at Seoul’s Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Obama directly challenged North Korea’s leaders “to have the courage to pursue peace.” Read the rest of this entry »

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China’s Lunar New Year Extravaganza To Include a Surprising Star: Warren Buffett

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 6, 2012


Each year, China’s state television behemoth CCTV unleashes a five-hour variety show for Chinese New Year. The TV gala usually includes twirling children and armies of acrobats, aggressively cheerful ethnic minorities and rousing patriotic songs. (Last year, the CCTV extravaganza’s “ethnic dance” was the rather unsubtle “Big Happy Family,” while another dance was entitled “Powerful Workers.”) The majority of Chinese households tune in, making it one of the world’s biggest annual television events. Even more people watch if you count the extended Web version available through CCTV’s online sister organization. This year’s web broadcast, according to state newswire Xinhua, will include an unusual guest: Warren Buffett.

The American investment guru has strummed his ukulele at Berkshire Hathaway board meetings and has rocked a guitar in an American TV commercial. Xinhua reported that Buffett had recorded a video specifically for the Chinese New Year show. Wang Pingjiu, a CCTV executive, was quoted by the state newswire saying: “We all know that Buffett is good at investment, but few knew he also did well in singing.” It’s not clear what song the 81-year-old will perform nor whether his segment will play only online or on the shorter televised show due on Jan. 23. Read the rest of this entry »

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First images of Kim Jong-Il body in glass coffin in North Korea

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 20, 2011

The pictures of Kim’s body wrapped in a shawl and encased in a glass tomb were broadcast as an 11-day period of national mourning began following his death from a heart attack on Saturday.

Placed in the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang, he is shown surrounded by red and white flowers with his head resting on a small white pillow.

Mourners in military uniforms are shown paying their respects, including his son and announced successor Kim Jong Un.

North Korea has announced that Kim’s funeral will be held on 28 December, and there were reports that Chinese president Hu Jintao will be the only foreigner in attendance.

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Benetton Unhate Campaign: World Leaders ‘Kiss’ In New Clothing Adverts

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 16, 2011

President Obama snogging Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez? Unlikely.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu smooching with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas? Never.

President Sarkozy cuddling up to German chancellor Angela Merkel… Actually, that one we could see. Somewhat disturbingly.

These images and more are all part of a new advertising campaign by clothing brand Benetton, who in an attempt to spark sales conversation have released six highly controversial images of world leaders engaging in some very close diplomatic discussions.

The ‘Unhate’ campaign is intended to promote a new way of looking at hatred, the brand says.

“It means not hating,” Alessandro Benetton, deputy chairman of Benetton Group SpA, told the Wall Street Journal. “In a moment of darkness, with the financial crisis, what’s going on in North African countries, in Athens, this is an attitude we can all embrace that can have positive energy.”


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Hu Jintao in Washington: How did the talks go?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 22, 2011

As Chinese leader Hu Jintao leaves the United States after a four-day state visit, BBC reporters in Beijing and Washington assess how each side viewed the talks.

Michael Bristow, BBC News, Beijing

A photograph on the front of one Chinese newspaper summed up the mood about President Hu Jintao’s visit to the US.

In it, Mr Hu stands at a lectern in front of the White House giving a speech.

US President Barack Obama stands to one side, listening respectfully. China’s flag flutters in the breeze.

Hu Jintao and Barack Obama at a White House press conferenceImages took precedence over substance during the visit

It seems to say that China has arrived: it is now a world power and when its leader goes to Washington, people listen.

That message was hammered home in other news reports. Read the rest of this entry »

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Obama’s Daughter Sasha Practices Chinese With Hu Jintao

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 21, 2011

Obama, now you could have to face another blame -“Pro Chinese President”­. Before this you were blamed as Muslim.
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Hu Jintao Visit: Chinese President Pressed On Human Rights In Washington

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 20, 2011

Chinese leader overtook Obama.
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Hu Jintao U.S. Visit (PHOTOS): Agenda Takes Shape For Chinese Leader’s Washington Summit

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 19, 2011

They will handshake and walk in their own ways. We will go through the papers wasting time without any achievemen­ts as usual. Anyway let’s be optimistic thinking that positive thinking could have good result.
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Hu Jintao State Dinner Meant To Better U.S.-China Relations

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 16, 2011

Do something jointly for the sake of the world rather than yourself.
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Hu’s China, Whose Army?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 12, 2011


Maybe my question,“Is Hu Jintao really the most powerful person in the world?”was the wrong

Hu Jintao: How much power does he have?

one to ask. Today, with reports that his military may have tested a new stealth fighter without his knowledge, the better question is, “How much power does Hu Jintao really have?”

It is a relevant question for the U.S. to ponder, especially with Hu visiting President Obama at the White House next week, and the answer is not so straightforward. The story of China’s first test flight of its stealth fighter is a case in point: Many people have asked, incredulous at the media reports, Do you really believe China’s military would do that without telling their commander-in-chief, on the day he’s meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates? Here’s The Wall Street Journal’s account:

U.S. officials said President Hu appeared not to have heard of the test flight when Mr. Gates asked him about it in their meeting Tuesday, even after pictures and accounts of it had begun appearing online.

The moment had the potential for huge embarrassment for China’s top leader — who in theory controls the military as chairman of the Central Military Commission — just as Chinese officials anxiously try to clear a smooth path for Mr. Hu’s state visit to Washington next week.

If the military deliberately kept Mr. Hu in the dark, that would reinforce concerns that hawkish elements in the military are increasingly driving China’s foreign policy — including ties with the U.S. — and that they are trying to enhance their power in China’s domestic politics ahead of a leadership transition next year. Read the rest of this entry »

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