Timeline : April 16 – 30, 2016

Events and Happenings related to National Security and Strategy.

Date

Event

16-Apr-16 National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval briefed Chief Justice T S Thakur and judges of the Supreme Court on national security situation. Doval shared information on an “Indian master plan” to beef up national security, reported Indian Express.
16-Apr-16 Ministry of Defense Spokesperson (Afghanistan) said that 40 Taliban fighters were killed and around 50 wounded in a fight with Afghan Security Forces in Kunduz. Kunduz is a city in Northern Afghanistan near Afghanistan-Tajikistan Border.
17-Apr-16 SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry will establish an industrial park in southern Kandahar province. The industrial park is expected to accommodate more than 100 factories. In addition to the park the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry is also expected to invest in a thermal power plant. Source: TOLO News, Afghanistan
17-Apr-16 Iran demonstrated Military capability on the occasion of the National Army Day in Tehran.
17-Apr-16 External Affairs Minister visited Iran. She called on President of Iran. MEA stressed that both nations must move “beyond a buyer-seller relationship” to a win-win partnership. Iranian President desired close consultation with India on regional issues, especially Afghanistan, and the challenge of terrorism in the region.
18-Apr-16 External Affairs Minister attended the Foreign Ministers’ meeting of RIC (Russia-India-China) in Moscow. Swaraj also held bilateral talks with her Chinese Foreign Minister and Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister.
19-Apr-16 Raksha Mantri met Gen Chang Wanquan, Minister of Defense (PRC) on his 3-day trip to China. He also Met Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing.
19-Apr-16 A suicide bomber detonated explosive-laden truck near an intelligence facility in Pul-e-Mahmood Khan area in Kabul city in the morning. After blowing open the perimeter wall, at least one other insurgent stormed the facility, firing on security forces inside the compound – a unit tasked with protecting VIPs, reported TOLO News. Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry said that 64 people killed and 347 wounded in the onslaught.
20-Apr-16 US Congressmen Ted Lieu and Ted Yoho introduced a joint resolution (H. J. RES. 90) to provide limitations on the transfer of certain United States munitions from the United States to Saudi Arabia. The Bill was referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
21-Apr-16 China is keen on military ties with Afghanistan, including counterterrorism intelligence cooperation and joint drills, a senior Chinese officer told a visiting Afghan envoy. China is working with Pakistan and the United States to broker peace talks to end a Taliban insurgency that has raged for 15 years in Afghanistan, but last month the militants refused to take part. Source: Reuters
21-Apr-16 National Security Advisor Ajit Doval visited China for the 19th round of the two-day boundary talks. He called on Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing.
23-Apr-16 China has reached a four-point consensus with Brunei, Cambodia and Laos on the South China Sea issue, said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. The four countries agreed that the territorial disputes over some islands, rocks and shoals in the South China Sea are not an issue between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as a whole which should not affect the development of China-ASEAN relations, Wang told a press conference. They agreed that the right enjoyed by sovereign states to choose on their own ways to solve disputes under the international law should be respected. They opposed any attempt to unilaterally impose an agenda on other countries. The four countries also agreed that territorial and maritime disputes should be resolved through consultations and negotiations by the parties directly concerned under Article 4 of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC). They believed that China and the ASEAN countries are able to jointly maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea through cooperation. Countries outside the region should play a constructive role in this regard, they agreed. Laos was the last leg of Wang’s three-nation visit, which has taken him to Brunei and Cambodia, reported Xinhua.
25-Apr-16 Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani tweeted “We’ve done all we could to bring peace and put an end to the violence. But our call was never reciprocated. Time for unjustified amnesty is over.”
26-Apr-16 The Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan met on the side-lines of the “Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process” conference.
27-Apr-16 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia introduced the “Saudi Arabia’s Vision for 2030” document. Key Goals in ‘Saudi Arabia Vision for 2030’-

  • To increase our capacity to welcome Umrah visitors from 8 million to 30 million every year.
  • To more than double the number of Saudi heritage sites registered with UNESCO.
  • To have three Saudi cities be recognized in the top-ranked 100 cities in the world.To increase household spending on cultural and entertainment activities inside the Kingdom from the current level of 2.9% to 6%.
  • To lower the rate of unemployment from 11.6% to 7%.
  • To increase SME contribution to GDP from 20% to 35%.
  • To increase women’s participation in the workforce from 22% to 30%.
  • To move from our current position as the 19th largest economy in the world into the top 15.
  • To increase the localization of oil and gas sectors from 40% to 75%.
  • To increase the Public Investment Fund’s assets, from SAR 600 billion to over 7 trillion.
  • To increase foreign direct investment from 3.8% to the international level of 5.7% of GDP.
  • To increase the private sector’s contribution from 40% to 65% of GDP.
  • To raise our global ranking in the Logistics Performance Index from 49 to 25 and ensure the Kingdom is a regional leader.
  • To raise the share of non-oil exports in non-oil GDP from 16% to 50%.
  • To increase non-oil government revenue from SAR 163 billion to SAR 1 Trillion.
  • To raise the non-profit sector’s contribution to GDP from less than 1% to 5%.
  • To rally one million volunteers per year (compared to 11,000 now).
30-Apr-16 Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, on his official visit to China for bilateral talks.
30-Apr-16 “A developing and growing Turkey has to make its presence increasingly felt abroad, as well. In fact, I consider this step, taken at a time when threats against our country get more challenging, as a belated step because we should be more visible in the international arena and this nation should take the matters into its own hands. There is no other way out. It is a major deficiency for turkey not to possess its own nuclear aircraft carrier. Turkey’s external dependence in defence industry is diminishing. We aim to completely end our external dependency in defence industry by 2023. Not only will we meet our own need in this field, we will also be the biggest supporter and contributor of all friendly and brother nations. Our defence industry, which achieved $5billion worth of production and $1.6 billion worth of export volume last year, continues its march towards this goal. Our defence industry, which has a project budget worth $31 billion, has achieved $1 billion worth of investment in research and development. We must achieve self-sufficiency” – President of Turkey on the occasion of the start of Turkey’s first multi-purpose amphibious assault ship building.

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