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Pompeo and Marsudi in South China Sea Discussions

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.

To Stop Chinese Harassment, India Must Grow Its Economy

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.

India’s Gulf Remittances in the Age of Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic’s effects on the GCC states, coupled with their falling revenues and rising employment, will likely have an adverse flow-on effect on India.

Pacific Island Realms Banking on Travel Bubble

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.

Prabowo in India: Opportunities for Co-operation as China Tensions Rise

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.

Trump’s Rigid Outlook on China and Iran Affects the US’s Partners

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.

Iran’s Terrible, Horrible, Not Good, Very Bad Month

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.

Continuity Likely in New NZ Opposition Leader’s Defence and Foreign Policies

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.

As Tensions with Australia Rise, China Secures the Support of Papua New Guinea

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.

India’s Post-Galwan River Options and Strategic Autonomy

After the clash in the Galwan River Valley in eastern Ladakh, New Delhi must surely recognise the limits of its policy of strategic autonomy.

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