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22 July 2021

As the United States withdraws from Afghanistan, China will almost certainly be drawn to it for economic and strategic reasons. Estimated to contain untapped mineral wealth worth around US$1 trillion, Afghanistan could provide alternatives to the Kazakhstan-Russia overland route of the Belt-Road Initiative and to the existing route through Pakistan to the Iranian oil and gas fields. In both cases, China would need to be able to fully secure those new routes at a time when the security situation in Afghanistan is looking increasingly precarious and while also ensuring that any unrest in Afghanistan does not spill over into Xinjiang province.

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  • 12 July 2021
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    One thousand troops from Rwanda will begin a three-month deployment to Mozambique from 15 July in response to a request from Maputo for assistance in countering the Islamist insurgency in the gas-rich northern province of Cabo Delgado.

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  • 18 June 2021
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    Iranian voters will elect their country’s next president on 18 June, while Ethiopians will go to the polls in federal and regional council elections on 21 June.

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  • 10 June 2021
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    On 10 June, Prime Minister Scott Morrison travels to the G7 summit in Cornwall via Singapore. While there, he will meet with Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong to discuss the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, COVID-19 and Indo-Pacific developments.

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  • 6 May 2021
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    The Japanese Self-Defence Force will host its first-ever joint military exercise with US and French ground forces in the country’s south-west, from 11-17 May.

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