The multinational air warfare exercise hosted by the United Arab Emirates further cements France as a resident Indo-Pacific power.
The upgraded Free Trade Agreement between New Zealand and China has agitated trans-Tasman relations but provides a potential example for Australia of how to engage Beijing.
In the elections to be held in September this year, the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) is expected to increase its electoral-winning percentage far beyond the previously achieved 12 per cent by exploiting the abandoned legacy of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The call to initiate a discussion regarding a nuclear industry in Australia – and nuclear-powered submarines – has led to some vociferous, albeit emotional, reaction. Left unanswered were the questions that were asked.
While African Swine Fever remains contained in China, a resurgence of the disease would delay efforts to rebuild the swine herd after several years of decline, reduce global grain prices and increase the cost of meat.
Although China is increasingly capable of taking over Taiwan by force, it cannot risk alienating the many countries on which it depends commercially, making it necessary, therefore, to enhance Taiwan’s relations with those countries.
In his address to the nation announcing an easing of restrictions, President Cyril Ramaphosa has highlighted the progress made in the fight against COVID-19, while also reminding his fellow citizens that ‘the threat of a third wave is constantly present.’
The events of last year hampered Dhaka’s efforts to reduce poverty and improve food security. They exposed vulnerabilities in the Bangladeshi food system that are likely to present challenges to its long-term food security.
It is unlikely that ASEAN will agree to a co-ordinated response to the military coup in Myanmar, leaving it to countries from outside the region to impose stronger measures. Convincing the military to schedule a new election with ASEAN oversight, while not ideal, may be the best-case scenario for ASEAN.