While Motegi’s visit to Tehran will boost Iran-Japan ties, it will have a greater impact on other international issues, notably the Iran nuclear agreement and Afghanistan.
In joining the New Development Bank (NDB), outward-looking Uruguay will conceivably feel very much at home among the countries of the Indo-Pacific. It will be looking to the NBD to help further those linkages as it continues to diversify its economy and further reduce its dependence on its large recession-prone neighbours.
The removal of restrictions will be a tremendous help to South Asian expats who would normally be employed in the UAE but who have been stranded outside its borders due to Covid-19, and for those who have business interests in the Emirates but who have been unable to travel there.
Washington and its allies must realise that open-ended wars on terrorism are futile and that a successful counterterrorism policy must address the legitimate political grievances that al-Qaeda claims to champion.
It remains to be seen whether the Taliban will depend only on China and Pakistan or if it will cultivate ties with other important actors in the region, such as Qatar, Iran, Russia and India.
Given the enduring and violent nature of the Tatmadaw’s crimes, it is left to international bodies like the International Court of Justice and the United Nations General Assembly to challenge and prosecute them.
As vaccination numbers increase in both Mauritius and Australia, the case could be made for the introduction in 2022 of a travel bubble and the resumption of Air Mauritius’s non-stop flights to Perth.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi needs to exhibit flexibility and realise that prolonging negotiations will not benefit anyone, especially the Iranian people who have suffered on account of US sanctions and Covid-19.
As anti-China feelings grow across Asia and further afield, Beijing would be right to be worried about – and should develop a strategy to mitigate – it.