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08 April 2021

The UK’s latest defence review re-commits Westminster to the Indo-Pacific with a “tilt” to the region that is intended to enhance diplomatic and trade relations between London and its Indo-Pacific partners. While a renewed British presence will be welcomed by many, for China and its partners, it is more likely to be seen as an expansion of the informal US-led “anti-China” alliance.

News from the CEO

  • 10 March 2021
    What’s Next?

    The first summit of the leaders of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (“Quad”) countries – Australia, India, Japan and the United States – will be held virtually on 12 March.

  • 3 February 2021
    What’s Next?

    The Pacific Islands Forum will hold its virtual Special Leaders Retreat on 3 February. Somalia will hold a presidential election on 8 February.

  • 10 December 2020
    What’s Next?

    French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian concludes his two-day visit to Qatar on 10 December. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is to begin a two-day visit to India on 16 December as the UK seeks to position itself as an Indo-Pacific power.

  • 24 November 2020
    What’s Next?

    Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla will pay an official visit to Nepal, on 26 and 27 November. Two days later, Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe will make a one-day visit to Nepal, arriving in Kathmandu on 29 November.


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