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17 December 2020

China’s current strategies of economic and military coercion and territorial “salami-slicing” are causing other countries to view it as a predator and untrustworthy and they are aligning and coalescing in an effort to balance and, if required, counter its predatory behaviour. The result is a situation that could easily get out of hand and lead to conflict.

News from the CEO

  • 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.

  • 13 November 2020
    What’s Next?

    The fifteenth East Asia Summit will meet virtually on 14 November. Also to be held virtually is the twelfth BRICS Leader’s Summit on 17 November, with the theme “BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth”.

  • 3 November 2020
    What’s Next?

    The first phase of the Malabar naval exercise involving the "Quad" countries - India, US, Japan and Australia - is underway in the Bay of Bengal, 3-6 November. Myanmar will hold a general election on 8 November.


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