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China: Rise of the Communist Youth League

The growing predominance of China's Communist Youth League members in several central party organisations reflects the rise of the "fourth generation" in politics. Though most members of the CYL have a demonstrated keenness to "reform" the society and economy, the Chinese Communist Party retains a stronghold over most aspects of the the League's functioning. The CYL may also, in the near future, face a greater challenge to its authority from the more net-savvy and independent-minded younger generation.

Will SCO Become Another Warsaw Pact?

It is fair to say that the Shanghai Cooperative Organisation is not an aggressive alliance against the US and will not become one in the near future either. Nevertheless, the renewed call of the Russian foreign ministry on July 15 that foreign troops in central Asia must leave as the situation in Afghanistan had stabilised, should be interpreted as the SCO's worry about US encroachment in central Asia in the name of anti-terrorism. The US has also begun to feel uneasy about SCO's power in neutralising its ambition to "Americanise" central Asia.

Clash between Two Nationalisms

Japan is currently seeking a permanent seat on the UN Security Council with the support of the western countries. But its east Asian neighbours, especially China, with its fervent nationalism seem not happy with this move. Japan's response to China is a case of tit for tat under the pressure of its own resurging nationalism. This augurs ill for regional stability in east Asia.

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