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#1 Rise of Modi, Trump, Putin, Xi and the Spread of Protectionism in Global Trade
The world’s growing hegemony and the changing geopolitical landscape have drifted the global economy towards protectionism. Consequently, this revealed astounding facts about how global leaders politically motivate recent trade measures.
So, the trend of the protectionist regime was initiated by the socialists USSR (now Russia) and China. Now it is being followed by the capitalist US and simultaneously by India too. President Putin puts barriers on western companies importing and exporting products from Russia. He also brought unnecessary complexity with acts like GLONASS based surveillance.
Similarly, President Xi Jinping asserts government policies through indirect means. China compels the management of domestic companies to redraft their laws.
Likewise, President Donald Trump’s “America First Economic Policy”, ignited the trade war with China, Canada, Mexico, and India. Further, POTUS exited from NAFTA, Trans-Pacific Partnership, and the landmark Paris Climate Accord.
Finally, Prime Minister Modi also opted against joining the RCEP agreement. India reasoned a negative impact on domestic industries including the Agriculture and SME Sectors.
The recent international events reveal the growing antipathy among the top leaders of the world. The latest WTO report suggests that the world’s GDP and global trade volume is now paralleling an all-time low. The total global trade has now been shrinking and almost on the verge of a negative trajectory.
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#2 Explained: Why India rejected Asia’s Biggest Free Trade Agreement: RCEP?
India’s decision of withdrawing from RCEP after 28 rounds of negotiation in the last 7 years is a debatable decision. The global economic slowdown that even shook India has played a significant role while opting for a walkout.
The decision may have perhaps been taken in favor of saving the Indian economy and its domestic industries. Other RCEP nations, especially China, could turn India into a dumping ground for cheap foreign products.
According to the report, India only exports 20% to the RCEP countries, while the import accounts for 35%.
Is the Indian decision for opting out from the RCEP agreement is only for the domestic industries or is it the pertaining influenced by the US and UK?
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#3 How India is Countering China’s Rising Soft Power in Afghanistan?
China and India both have a major geopolitical interest in the war-ravaged country, Afghanistan. Both countries are also the biggest stakeholders in the development to revive the Afghan economy.
Afghanistan is a route to Central and South Asia. And China’s rising soft power in Afghanistan is a new paradigm to become a geopolitical power. This means growing influence its government as per the Chinese communist lines, similar to Pakistan. China’s regular meeting with the Taliban leaders is another example of its mala-fide intention in Afghanistan territory.
So, China has been influencing Afghanistan through many infrastructural projects. There are the Belt and Road Initiative, CPEC, Sino-Afghanistan Special Railway, Five Nations Railway Corridor Project, and more.
While India’s soft power strategy to counter China’s plan is inimitable. This includes providing humanitarian aid and education. Furthermore, it is integrating Afghan people with modern education and providing scholarships and constructing schools. India also made Chabahar port in Iran and opened its access to Afghanistan. This reduced Afghanistan’s dependency on Pakistan through the Chabhar-Hajigaj Railway route connecting directly to Iran’s port.
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#4 How Modi is outdoing Gandhi’s Global Popularity!
Gandhi’s vision continues to inspire many global leaders across the globe. But the way PM Modi inspired has been a debatable issue. Many critics accuse Modi of being opportunistic in taking Gandhi’s legacies and twisting it in favor of his popularity. In fact, in many events, since Modi came to power, he matches his vision with Mahatma Gandhi.
The first being the “Swachh Bharat Campaign” in 2014 to dedicate Gandhi a clean India. Then in September 2019, Modi in the UN addressed enlightened the importance and relevance of Mahatma Gandhi’s ideology and vision to reform and teach people in the contemporary world such as “act as a guide to protecting humanity”.
In the Howdy Modi event in Houston, USA, the entire globe once again saw a glimpse of Modi’s popularity. The Indian PM dressed like Gandhi in the event. It was said, “Modi and Gandhi are same, they both are saints and fakir”.
Later this year, Modi organized an event with the entire film fraternity requesting them to take the responsibility to propagate Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas and thought and reach out their every Bollywood fan.
Furthermore, Trump called Modi the “Father of India” through his efforts and approach to bring peace in India.
PM Modi is definitely a world leader compounded with tough and pragmatic decisions towards national interests, but isn’t Modi really setting his foot into the Father of the Nation’s shoes?
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#5 A Future CO2 Industry could prove crucial in the Global Fight against Climate Change
According to a new study by University of Oxford, UCLA, and 5 other institutions, emerging industries are now using CO2 as a base ingredient for commercial products such as fuels, plastic, chemicals, forestry, soil management, and construction materials which could prove as a significant measure to reduce GHG emission in the atmosphere. The study also broadens the scope of ways to capture CO2 by observing the biological method of photosynthesis.
So, CO2 is the greenhouse gas which has exponentially increased in the 20th and the 21st century. But now the growing amount of CO2 in the atmosphere has enriched the compound as a commodity for business purposes.
These industries can approximately use 1 billion tonnes of CO2 every year. Moreover, such industries also have the potential to use 20 billion tonnes if they flourish. As per the current climate report, we need to restrict global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius pre-industrial level.
However, in 2018, the atmospheric CO2 was recorded the highest in history at 37 gigatonnes. So, to sustain in this global heating, human needs to remove around 100 to 1,000 gigatonnes of CO2.
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#6 Immortality Debate: Can Science Cheat Death?
A study published in the journal Nature by Yale School of Medicine revealed the facts of reviving neuro-activity in the brain. Yes, you heard it right, a dead brain can function again. However, the experiment has triggered an ethical debate among the scientific community and challenged the law of nature.
The experiment was observed on the pigs when they were decapitated four hours before the test. It took six hours of treatment where the pig’s brain was infused with some synthetic fluids to halt cellular degeneration and restore cellular functions.
However, the brain continued consuming oxygen and glucose and ceased decaying and responded to external electrical stimulation. So, will this biological research help scientists’ prolonged imagination? ‘Live brains in vats’, ‘revived human brains’, ‘brain transplants’ and even a ‘Zombie apocalypse’? Yes, it can.
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