While there was no single significant outcome from the meeting, it nonetheless highlights the growing importance of Indonesia to the United States and pragmatism from Indonesia’s Government in keeping Washington onside.
The consequences of China’s increasingly assertive foreign policy are being felt globally, with the Indo-Pacific being the most-affected region. Beijing must understand, however, that the Indo-Pacific is a multipolar region and is too large and complex to be dominated by any one power. In fact, China’s actions in the Indo-Pacific are further driving the consolidation of the Quad.
India has solid bilateral relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, both of which have normalised their relations with Israel, and with Israel itself, aided by the shared right-wing political values of Prime Ministers Modi and Netanyahu. India’s juggling of those relationships and those with Iran and the United States, constitutes skilful relationship management.
The steps towards peace will be undermined by the Afghan Taliban, who are not sufficiently enlightened to recognise the benefits that the Constitution can bring to the country in the long run.
In light of growing public dissatisfaction within Iran and the subsequent unrest that is enveloping its leadership, the country’s deteriorating economic situation and the international community’s preference for a diplomatic settlement with Tehran, the US may better serve its interests by adopting a less confrontational stance towards the Islamic Republic.
In the second Noumea Accords referendum on independence, New Caledonians voted by a margin of 6.6 per cent to remain part of France, but the record voter turnout and narrowing margin between “yes” and “no” points towards an even closer final referendum in 2022.
General Secretary Xi Jinping’s speech on the occasion of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of the United Nations is a classic example of the Chinese Communist Party’s doublespeak. Almost every statement was hypocritical when examined in light of such CCP actions as the suppression of elements of the Chinese population, the manipulation of international laws and regulations, and coercive international efforts.
Implementing practical co-operative projects to assist in dealing with the pandemic could help South Korea realise its goal to be a strategic partner in Southeast Asia.