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India Considers Strikes into Pakistan To Kill Terrorists

December 20, 2008

India may consider “precision” strikes inside Pakistan-administered Kashmir if its neighbor doesn’t cooperate in controlling terrorists, a U.S. private intelligence company said.

“Indian military operations against targets in Pakistan have in fact been prepared and await the signal to go forward,” Austin, Texas-based Stratfor said in a report today, without providing details of its source of information.

Tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors rose last month after terrorists killed 164 people in attacks targeting Mumbai’s main railway station, two five-star hotels, a Jewish center and a hospital. India blamed the attacks on “elements” in Pakistan, which then demanded evidence to support the accusation. India is unlikely to risk war by escalating the situation, an analyst said.

By Subramaniam Sharma in New Delhi

“This is an incorrect assessment,” said Ajai Sahni, executive director of the Institute for Conflict Management, a New Delhi-based independent policy research group. “India won’t initiate action of warfare. It will exert greater international pressure.”

India has threatened action and joined the U.S. to pressure Pakistan for action against all involved in the attacks, Stratfor said. It hasn’t repeated the military buildup that deployed 750,000 troops in Kashmir within a week after a terrorist attack on the nation’s Parliament in December 2001, Stratfor said.

India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh speaks during a conference ... 
India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.REUTERS/B Mathur (INDIA)

India put its Border Security Force on high alert on Dec. 18, Stratfor said. That force, which currently has 45,000 troops deployed along the 2,030-mile border with Pakistan, has a mandate to prevent infiltration and would not be involved in any combat operations, Stratfor said.

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One U.S. official said India's air force "went on alert" after the attacks in Mumbai.

One U.S. official said India’s air force “went on alert” after the attacks in Mumbai.

With Strikes, China’s New Middle Class Vents Anger

December 18, 2008

When 9,000 of Shin Guoqing’s fellow taxi drivers went on strike early last month, he felt he had to join them.

Soaring inflation had undermined what his $300-a-month income could buy for his family, and Shin said he was frustrated that the government had done nothing to help. “After running around the whole day, you have only a few renminbi for it,” he said, referring to China’s currency. “You don’t feel good about your life.”

By Ariana Eunjung Cha
Washington Post Foreign Service
Wednesday, December 17, 2008; Page A01

China's former president Jiang Zemin (R) gestures to president ... 
China’s former president Jiang Zemin (R) gestures to president Hu Jintao after a celebration to mark the 30th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing December 18, 2008.  China is using the celebration, in part, to mask deep social issues and protests.(Jason Lee/Reuters)

For two days, the drivers held this Sichuan province metropolis of 31 million people under siege, blocking roads and smashing cars. The Communist Party quickly stopped the violence by promising to address the drivers’ demands for easier access to fuel and better working conditions.

From the far western industrial county of Yongdeng to the southern resort city of Sanya and the commercial center of Guangzhou, members of China’s upwardly mobile working class — taxi drivers, teachers, factory workers and even auxiliary police officers — have mounted protests since the Chongqing strike, refusing to work until their demands were met.

Local taxi drivers scuffle with police during a protest in Guangzhou, ... 
Local taxi drivers scuffle with police during a protest in Guangzhou, Guangdong province November 24, 2008.
Photo: Reuters, China

China’s government has long feared the rise of labor movements, banning unauthorized unions and arresting those who speak out for workers’ rights. The strikes, driven in part by China’s economic downturn, have caught officials off guard.

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