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Asia Briefing

— Global


Badly equipped and under-trained, India's police force needs more than just investment. We also report on the Burmese elections, Vietnam's unlikely new friend, and a former Chinese politician speaking out against the government.

Burmese elections, Mongolian mineral deposits, Motoring, Policing

During the Mumbai terrorist attacks of 26 November 2008, images were broadcast of police armed with First World War-era rifles facing up to heavily armed terrorists. Nearly two years after the attacks, in which 184 people were killed, experts fear not much has changed.

“The bulk of the police still rely on the old Lee-Enfield .303 bolt-action rifle, for which ammunition is no longer made and is in short supply,” says Dr Ajai Sahni of the New Delhi-based Institute for Conflict Management.

When it comes to arming Mumbai, money isn’t the issue. The…


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