Afghanistan is one country where both India and China are investing their resources and reputations. However, unlike other countries and matters on which they compete and diverge, Afghanistan is being imagined as a possible theater of cooperation between the two.
As the G7 meeting was held close to the SCO gathering, observers did not fail to notice the contrasts between the two. They noted that there appeared to be strong unity within the SCO, while the G7 ended in a disagreement between the leaders of Canada and the US.
China is reshaping international economic governance and increasing its strategic influence. If Trump’s US alienates its friends and allies, China may continue to enhance its regional and world influence. But that will remain much less than that of the US for a long time to come.
Japan’s investment in China and bilateral trade have suffered setbacks in recent years. Unlike the slowing down of economic relations, the new geopolitical situation has encouraged the leaders from the two countries to seek more intimate diplomatic ties.
Iran shares a close economic relationship with China. Trade between both countries was estimated at USD 37 billion for the year 2017. India too has high stakes in Iran. Apart from investing in Chabahar Port, it has significantly increased its oil imports from Iran.
Bangladesh’s space age has begun with the successful launch of the Bangabandhu-1 satellite into orbit on May 11, 2018, making it one of the 57 nations having its own satellite. The future space-based Bangladesh may face mixed experiences.
As the rising number of reported cases of abuse suffered by Filipino domestic workers in Kuwait reveals, these maids are vulnerable to all forms of maltreatment, including physical, sexual or verbal abuse, non-payment of salaries, and long working hours with no rest days.
On May 24, 2018, the African country of Burkina Faso announced that it was breaking diplomatic relations with Taiwan. It was the second such setback for Taipei in one month. The Dominican Republic made the same move just over three weeks earlier.
On May 20, 2018, Tsai Ing-wen celebrated her two-year anniversary as President of Taiwan. Polls by political organizations and media agencies found greater public dissatisfaction with Tsai since she took office in 2016.