An International Court of Justice ruling has put the UK’s colonial claims to the Chagos in doubt. It is the US that has the most to lose, since it relies upon a long term lease from the UK to support its continued occupation of Diego Garcia, an important base in the Indian Ocean.
China’s growing economic and naval presence in the Indian Ocean region challenges India, the major South Asian power in the Indian Ocean area, and the US, the primary power since 1945. The question is why.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made deliberate attempts to reach out to China at the November 2014’s APEC Summit in Beijing. This was known as the ice-thawing mission from the Abe administration to the Xi administration.
On January 12-13, 2019, India and the five Central Asian countries, Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, held their first ever ministerial dialogue in the beautiful and historic Uzbek city of Samarkand.
Some call it a new cold war which sees Russia, China and the US all vying for influence and control in the Arctic. The recent policy shift of the US is also driven by its concern on this increasing influence of Russia and China and the cooperation between the two.
On January 24, 2019, Nepal’s Department of Labor and Occupational Safety issued a directive, asking employers to provide the total number of Indian nationals working in their companies and ensure that the workers have a valid legal work permit to work in Nepal.
After the EU threatened to remove its preferential trade deal in response to Phnom Penh’s perceived lack of commitment to improve its democracy and human rights situation, the country now faces a dilemma.
During the Cold War, the US and the USSR competed to become the foremost power in the field of outer space. In 1975, for the first time, the two countries sent a combined Apollo-Soyuz mission, marking the end of the Space Race between the two superpowers.