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The untold spy story of WWI

In 1910 a proposed Alliance between Germany and France (See New York Times Article ) worried Britain so they sent someone to 'sniff around'.

The story is a personal journey of discovery set in the vibrant energy that is Zanzibar. Susan finds herself in the palace of the great Sultan of Zanzibar as private tutor to his children. She immerses herself in the heady experiences of that rich island. From making friends with her personal servant, Subira, to falling in love with Asim, a senior member of the Sultan's court. Susan delights in the discovery of Zanzibar and the discovery of herself. The only shadow being that she was recruited by British Military Intelligence as a spy. That compromises her love for Asim and will eventually cut the silken thread that is her journey into the exotic.

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South China Sea row risks wider clashes
Polarizing positions in South China Sea disputes are becoming evident this year as talks on a code of conduct make painfully slow progress, Beijing resolutely sticks to choosing a bilateral path and the process is derailed by maritime incidents. Even if pressure does ease on conflicts involving Southeast Asian nations, this will sees focus retrained on equally fiery East Asian disputes.
- Ian Storey


Humble pie for Xi on Sunnylands menu
China's Western critics, expecting US President Barack Obama this weekend to surrender to Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping's panda-like charm at their summit in the Californian sunshine, are in for a big surprise. Xi is cognizant of the fact that right now the United States holds the advantage in the evolving US-China relationship, and he will think seriously about validating American concerns over cyber-threats. - Peter Lee




Accentuate the positive
China and the US can minimize the potential for conflict by increasing the economic linkage that distinguishes their relationship from other historical power contests. But a new, more positive interdependence is required. A good place to start is with a better alignment of China's need to invest is $3.3 trillion reserves with US states' needs to finance infrastructure renewal. - Bill Mundell


India blinded by China's shock and awe

The notion of China as a new-age El Dorado seems to permeate India's political and policy-making elite and some portion of its academic leaders, dangerously inhibiting New Delhi from perceiving how its own views and strategic approaches are and should be quite different to those of its northern neighbor. It also blinds India to the hard core at the heart of Beijing's rise in the world. - Madhu Bhalla


China's Uyghurs have nowhere to turn
Pressure from the United Nations and Washington over alleged religious and cultural suppression by China in Xinjiang province is being resisted by Beijing, which insists its achieving progress in religious freedoms and autonomy in minority regions. Deadly clashes in the province in April that saw 21 killed, including 19 Uyghur “suspects”, suggest a lack of self-determination is leading to radicalization.
- Audrey Petit


Pipelineistan and the New Silk Road(s)

Faced with a Eurasian integration frenzy stirred by China's relentless westward-ho strategic and trade expansion, the US response is essentially a military bid to control all routes for Chinese energy imports. Yet Washington cannot escape the great escape from Atlanticist-dominated trade, commerce and finance. The New Silk Road(s) will be built by emerging Asia - not by a fearful, declining West.
- Pepe Escobar (


The closed Gate of Heavenly Peace
Twenty-four years, a generation and an Internet after China's leaders quashed the Tiananmen Square protest, the political stagnation continues. With wealth inequality and corruption now part of the Chinese Communist Party's DNA, it is either ironic or just plain tragic that the "people's government" has made it clear that the people have no role in decisions. - Peter Mitchelmore


North Korea common ground for US, China

Tensions over the US's military build-up in the Asia-Pacific will test President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, as they meet this week. With North Korea's nuclear developments, missile launches and threats irritating both countries, the heads of state have an opportunity in Washington to find common ground. - George Gao


A diamond in the South China Sea's rough
Security options for the Philippines and Vietnam, stuck between uncertain US commitment and an expansionist China, have lacked any sparkle. Yet as Japan looks to make its presence felt, deeper ties with Tokyo bring an emerging "security diamond" alliance to light that could change the region's big-versus-small country dynamic, including in the contested South China Sea.
- Richard Javad Heydarian


Frost in a promising Indian summer
High drama of a Chinese troop "intrusion" on the disputed border with India seemed to ebb through negotiations as silently as it had begun, with seemingly little damage to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's state visit to New Delhi. Yet Beijing may have weakened the very power centers in India that were working to usher in a brave new world of partnership.
- M K Bhadrakumar


China's reform hands fail to clap

The young Chinese leadership is displaying a near-schizophrenic split that can be summed up by President Xi Jinping's gung-ho style and no-holds-barred defense of Mao Zedong and the seriousness with which Premier Li Keqiang, China's first "PhD prime minister", is pushing economic reforms. Irreconcilable contradictions persist between nurturing the marketplace and the Chinese Communist Party's power imperative.
- Willy Lam


Western hypocrisy over Chinese nukes
Speculation that China plans to depart from a strict nuclear policy that emphasizes minimum deterrent and a no-first-use pledge flies in the face of official rebuttals and the fact that its nuke arsenal hasn't expanded with economic advances. Instead of assuming Beijing is aggressive, Western nations should ask why their own policy is based on preemptive strikes and not more defensive postures.
- Hui Zhang


China's premier Li Keqiang in Islamabad

Several agreements including plans to work on developing a north-south economic corridor marked Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Islamabad this week. China has been a strong ally to its southern neighbor, but critics in Pakistan urge the government there to stop deluding itself and recognize that India is of far more importance to Beijing.
- Syed Fazl-e-Haider


China nears point
of no return with Kim

China is losing patience with North Korean leader Kim Jong-eun, slowly but surely moving into the US orbit to deal with his threats and blackmail. As Beijing will sooner than later reach the point where it has little to lose from falling out with North Korea, Kim had better start contemplating his own mortality. - Francesco Sisci


 World eyes China's coexistence strategy
Strategies of coexistence and non-interference that China has used to great effect in engineering its international rise are gaining popularity globally over the West's liberal economic and political agendas. However, its impact as a challenge to American alliance-based system is being undermined by Beijing infringing on sovereignty rights in areas such as the South and East China Seas



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