October 10th, 2014
04:07 PM ET

What I'm reading: Modi’s maritime diplomacy

By Fareed Zakaria

“Modi’s maritime diplomacy is not limited to the naval domain. Transborder infrastructure development is a major priority for the NDA government,” writes C. Raja Mohan in the Indian Express. “The prime minister’s joint statement with Obama talks about bilateral cooperation in integrating the subcontinent with the markets of East Asia through an ‘Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor.’”

“The proposal is similar to China’s plan for a maritime silk road linking the Pacific and Indian Oceans. For India, which appears wary of China’s plans for the Indian Ocean, the Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor could be the first step towards building its own maritime silk road.”


“The Russian government isn't interested in defending the ruble, because a weak currency benefits the resource exporters who are the main source of revenues for the Russian government,” writes Leonid Bershidsky for Bloomberg View. “The price inflation that results amounts to a tax on ordinary citizens to fund Putin's aggressive policies, yet these people are a less important constituency in Russia. And, for now at least, they are happy to pay for the country's international resurgence, such as it is.”


“Many things in Egypt don’t work very well. Traffic is bad, and trains get cancelled; during the summer, it’s not unusual to have five electricity blackouts in a single day. One year, we couldn’t buy bottled water for months, because the plant that produced the water somehow caught fire,” says Peter Hessler in the New Yorker. “Since we moved into the apartment, the country has cycled through three constitutions, three Presidents, four Prime Ministers, and more than seven hundred members of parliament. But there hasn’t been a single day when the trash wasn’t cleared outside my kitchen door. As a whole, Cairo’s waste-collection system is surprisingly functional, considering that it’s largely informal. In a sprawling, chaotic city of more than seventeen million, zabaleen like Sayyid have managed to develop one of the most efficient municipal recycling networks in the world.”




soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    The Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor will bring wonderful progress to global prosperity.
    It reminds one of Nixon's work with China.

    October 10, 2014 at 6:21 pm |
  2. Espanol

    We cannot and will not accept Modi as a leader till the cloud of genocide hovering over his head is lifted.

    Modi will always be a persona non grata till he faces trial in the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

    October 11, 2014 at 8:53 am |
  3. Sormosa

    I just farted. Florian. Come taste my poop.

    October 11, 2014 at 2:50 pm |
  4. Espanol

    I like Modi. I suk his poop through a straw then into my mouth, taste and swallow. Delish..vitamin K

    October 11, 2014 at 2:52 pm |
  5. Espanol

    muslims are stupid

    October 11, 2014 at 2:54 pm |
    • Deseret

      Khmer Rouge reminds one of BJP in India. Pol Pot of Modi. Both mass murderers.

      October 11, 2014 at 5:12 pm |
  6. Deseret

    The Khmer Rouge trial and guilty verdict sends a loud and clear message to all those leaders who undertook genocides. Payback time.

    It is time to stand up Modi of India and send him to The Hague to face trial of murders and genocides in Gujarat et al, India ..... committed against the minorities.

    We shall never forget.

    October 11, 2014 at 5:11 pm |
    • Shalimar

      Oh shut up you retard. When are your idols Bush and Cheney going to trial? Idiot.

      October 11, 2014 at 10:44 pm |
  7. chri$$y

    Lol @ Shalimar i detest that word but i must say it is pretty appropriate in this case.

    October 12, 2014 at 4:21 pm |

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