The discussions are part of an effort by the US to bring together a collective stance against China’s activities in the South China Sea. In the short-term future, however, it is unlikely that Washington will actually become the driving force behind such a coalition.
New Delhi must reform its domestic business environment and boost its sluggish economy to be seen as a credible adversary if it is to stop China’s assertive and expansionist India policy.
The Covid-free territories of the Cook Islands and Niue, both parts of the Realm of New Zealand, are hopeful that an air corridor to Auckland can soon be opened to revive their tourism sectors. The New Zealand Government is warming to the idea, such that a Pacific travel bubble is looking increasingly likely to replace the original trans-Tasman plan.
The timing of Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto’s visit to India highlights shared concerns about China. It is becoming more apparent that closer strategic co-operation is increasingly in the interests of both countries.
The Trump Administration’s binary approach to Iran and China has caused US allies and partners strategic and economic loss. It is essential that Washington work more closely with its allies, without quibbling over relatively minor issues.
The facts behind the numerous accidents that have struck at Iran’s infrastructure have been veiled by rumour and speculation, which makes the task of discerning their causes more difficult than it needs to be.
The largely bipartisan approach to New Zealand’s defence and foreign affairs policies means that they will probably change little in the event that the National Party, under newly-installed leader Judith Collins, wins enough votes to displace Jacinda Ardern’s Labour-led government on 19 September.
The recent show of support from the PNG Government elevates concerns surrounding China’s influence in the region. To counter that influence, Australia should continue foster closer relations with PNG with a focus on strategic partnerships.
After the clash in the Galwan River Valley in eastern Ladakh, New Delhi must surely recognise the limits of its policy of strategic autonomy.