Blog Grading

New Multipolar System?  Feb. 18

India’s Policy with Iran  Feb 25

Nuclear Weapons Agreement  April 15

India and Pakistan, More Talking  April 1

Comment Response -New Multipolar System, Feb 28


Free Trade

According to the article in The Hindu, India, New Zealand to Study Potential for Free Trade Pact, New Zealand and India are now considering entering a free trade agreement.  Concerns that must first be settled include tariff and non-tariff barriers which keep New Zealand’s goods out of the Indian market. “While achieving a free trade agreement with India would require us to overcome significant obstacles, agreement in principle to conduct a study into what such an agreement would mean for both of our countries would be a good start,” Mr. Goff was quoted as saying by the media here. Trade between the two countries is small, but growing fast. New Zealand-India two-way trade is at less than $650 million compares with nearly $7 billion in our two-way trade with China.”  Recently the US brought a complaint against in India in the WTO for extremely high tariffs on wine.  Now that India is experiencing increased growth perhaps its time they let go of protectionist measures in order to experience ever increasing growth.

US-India Nuclear Deal

The Times of India posted an article, Rigid stance of US puts N-deal at risk, which states that the US cannot live up to its promised nuclear agreement with India and India cannot settle for less.  “In Washington, the Bush administration, despite its promises to India, does not have the political capital to work around the restrictive provisions of the Hyde Act passed by the Congress, particularly on reprocessing and testing issues, as well as fuel guarantees.” It looks like the US is showing more signs of being stretched too thin and unable to deliver; will we soon lose all credibility?

Oops, A little Miscommunication

An article in newsvine called, “Missle Test Forces Jet to Turn back,” states that Indonesia is upset that India launched a test missle that they were not informed of before their jet flew over Indian territory. 

“Indonesia has demanded an explanation from New Delhi, which insisted that aviation authorities were informed about Thursday’s test launch well in advance.
The Garuda Indonesia Boeing 747 was en route from Jakarta to Saudi Arabia when the Indian control tower told pilots the missile had been launched, said Ari Sapari, the national carrier’s director…Indonesia — which is struggling to defend its transportation safety record after a series of deadly air, train and ferry accidents — said it would summon a diplomat from India to seek clarification.” 

Communication is key when preventing actions from being taken as aggression.  Here there was forewarning, but I guess someone didn’t get the memo.


Nuclear Weapons Agreement

In an article in the Hindu titled, “Indo-Pak Agreement on reducing risk from accidents relating to nuclear weapons,” the full text articles of an agreement between India and Pakistan were listed.  I found it interesting that in these two nuclear powers set out in an agreement provisions to prevent miscommunications which might result in nuclear war.  Is this what we fear other nations without nuclear power will fail to do if they become nuclear powers?

Article-1 Each Party shall maintain and improve, as it deems necessary, existing national measures including organizational and technical arrangements, to guard against accidents related to nuclear weapons under its control. Article-2 The Parties shall notify each other immediately in the event of any accident relating to nuclear weapons, under their respective jurisdiction or control, which could create the risk of a radioactive fallout, with adverse consequences for both sides, or create the risk of an outbreak of a nuclear war between the two countries. In the event of such an accident the Party within whose jurisdiction or control the accident has taken place will immediately take necessary measures to minimize the radiological consequences of such an accident. The obligation of a Party to notify shall be in respect of only such accidents which may result in an international transboundary release that could be of radiological safety significance or have security implication for the other Party. Article-3 In the event of occurrence of an accident of the type referred to in Article-2 of this Agreement: (i) Each Party shall act in such a manner as to reduce the possibilities of its actions being misinterpreted by the other Party; (ii) In case of likely impact of the accident on the other party, the first Party shall inform the other Party forthwith with relevant information.”  

India and Pakistan, More Talking

According to the newsvine article, Top Indian, Pakistani Diplomats Meet, another round of talking over the disputed territory Kashmir will take place this week.  Peace talks broke down after the bombing of trains in Mumbai last July.  Has diplomacy done anything for the territory disputed since 1947?  “While the peace process has not produced any major breakthrough on Kashmir, it has seen the two countries normalize diplomatic ties, resume severed transportation links, and made travel across the two countries’ heavily militarized border easier.”  Two wars and continued talks have not yet determined the fate of Kashmir.  No one seems to be backing down so far, what will it take to settle the issue?  Kashmir should become independent.  Of course this is only possible if there is a force willing to make India and Pakistan to back down. 

US Brings Case Against India

According to the newsvine article, US Targets India in Alchohol Disput, the US has filed a case against India in the WTO for violating trade agreements.  “…India is imposing tariffs ranging as high as 550 percent on imports of U.S. wine and spirits in violation of its WTO commitments that these tariffs would not exceed 150 percent.”  Everyone is seeking to take advantage of the up and coming middle class in India.  The US is complaining that it cannot penetrate this new market because of high tarriffs.  What about other countries that cannot penetrate the trade market due to agricultural subsidies of the US.