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Are Iran And China Quietly Forging A Security Alliance?

There are some signs that China may be gaining economic concessions from Iran in exchange for giving it diplomatic, and perhaps military and security, backing against regime opponents.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi holds talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Beijing, capital of China.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi holds talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Beijing, capital of China.

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Late in August 2019, as the United States intensified its sanctions on Iran, the Islamic Republic's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif traveled to Beijing to talk to his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi. The intention was to adjust the terms of a putative, 25-year pact the countries signed in 2016, as revealed the following month by the website Petroleum Economist, which cited a clause that foresaw sending 5,000 Chinese troops to safeguard its firms or projects on Iranian territory. Observers also suspected the amendments included Chinese support in the event of a serious threat to the Iranian regime.

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Taking A Position: A Call To Regulate Yoga In India

Trained practitioners warn that unregulated yoga can be detrimental to people's health. The government in India, where the ancient practice was invented, knows this very well — yet continues to postpone regulation.

Prime Minister Modi at a mass yoga demonstration in Lucknow, India

Banjot Kaur

NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the observance of the eighth International Yoga Day from Mysuru, in southwestern India, early on the morning of June 21. Together with his colleagues from the Bharatiya Janata Party, he set out to mark the occasion in various parts of the country — reviving an annual ritual that had to take a break for the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yoga is one of the five kinds of alternative Indian medicine listed under India’s AYUSH efforts — standing for "Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and naturopathy, and Homeopathy." Among them, only yoga is yet to be regulated under any Act of Parliament: All other practices are governed by the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM), Act 2020.

Yoga and naturopathy are taught at the undergraduate level in 70 medical colleges across 14 Indian states. The Mangalore University in Karnataka first launched this course in 1989; today, these subjects are also taught at the postgraduate level.

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