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Must Reads of the Week: China's Military Might, the Darfur Debacle, Eurozone Fears, and More

Author: CFR.org Editors
April 11, 2014

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"During Hagel Visit, China Showed Its Military Might, and Its Frustrations"
By Helene Cooper
New York Times

"The displays of China's military power reveal some dividends from years of heavy investments, and perhaps a sense that China is now more willing to stand toe-to-toe with the Americans, at least on regional security issues. But American officials and Asia experts say the visits also showed a more insecure side of China's military leadership — a tendency to display might before they are ready to deploy it, and a lingering uncertainty about how assertively to defend its territorial claims in the region."

Hagel visits ChinaU.S. defense secretary Chuck Hagel, accompanied by his Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan, reviews an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Chinese Defense Ministry headquarters. (Photo: Courtesy Reuters)
"'They Just Stood Watching'"
By Colum Lynch
Foreign Policy

"Darfur's combatants, particularly the Sudanese government, have effectively neutered the U.N. peacekeeping mission, undermining its capacity to fulfill its primary duty to protect nearly 2 million civilians displaced by Sudan's genocide. During the past year alone, more than 500,000 terrified men, women, and children have poured into the region's already overcrowded refugee camps."

"Mario Draghi's 'Whatever It Takes' May Not Be Enough for the Euro"
By Gideon Rachman
Financial Times

"All of these conflicting forces mean that the political and economic situation of the eurozone remains finely poised and vulnerable to a significant external shock. A worsening of the Ukraine crisis could deliver precisely that shock. If Russian forces move into eastern Ukraine – and, unfortunately, the signs are mounting that this may be imminent – then the EU will be forced to impose tougher economic sanctions on Russia."

"Greece Unbound"
By Hugo Dixon
Reuters BreakingViews

"The reopening of the markets to Greece also means it probably no longer faces a funding gap, which the last official projections by its creditors put at 15 billion euros over the next two years. The improvement in its fiscal position has cut that figure. Even more important, the government has several ways to fill the gap without borrowing more from its euro partners."

"Wish for Change Animates Voters in India Election"
By Ellen Barry
New York Times

"The election, which began on Monday as the first of India's 814 million registered voters cast ballots in the country's remote northeast, is less about policies than a desire for change...Though Hindus make up 80 percent of India's population, the country is a kaleidoscope of religious diversity, including a large Muslim population along with Christians, Sikhs and Buddhists. The Constitution enshrines a secular state, and the country has a long history of accommodating a wide range of religious and ethnic diversity."

"In Central African Republic, A Lesson in Hate"
The Star

"Dieu-Beni is Christian, which is why it is odd to find him among the Seleka's mainly Muslim fighters. But like Mousaf, he is an exception — an example of why this conflict cannot be described as religious alone...It is a conflict that has pitted neighbour against neighbour. And, like the tragedy that unfolded in Rwanda 20 years ago, at its heart is the unfathomable ability to dehumanize 'the other.'"

"Beneath the Glacier"
Economist

"The organisations could be a way for the Communist Party to co-opt the energy and resources of civil society. They could also be a means by which that energy challenges the party's power. And so their status has big implications."


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