In May 2018, China and Japan agreed to start operating a maritime and air liaison mechanism, aiming to avert accidental clashes and avoid military misunderstanding and misjudgment in the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands.
The US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley Randhawa, recently visited India. During her visit, Haley met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed a gamut of issues pertaining to the India-US bilateral relationship.
President Donald Trump announced the US would be applying tariffs amounting to USD 34 billion on certain Chinese goods imported by the US, commencing from midnight of July 6, 2018. The liberal Western media responded as if the sky was going to fall.
The recent announcement that six albinos in Malawi plan to fight the violent prejudice against albinism by contesting in next year’s elections has brought renewed attention to the plight of albinos in Malawi and other African countries.
In contrast to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s passionate stance against Western meddling on domestic affairs, he is largely viewed as having a passive attitude towards Chinese intrusions within Philippine maritime territory.
The killing of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Mullah Fazlullah in a US drone strike in Afghanistan is a major blow to the terror group. Fazlullah’s killing will further undermine TTP’s organizational coherence, possibly paving way for more defections.
In the clash of the titans between the US and China, with a potential trade war looming in the background, trade in advanced technology and their intellectual property rights protection appear to be at the core and center of this disagreement.
Afghanistan is one country where both India and China are investing their resources and reputations. However, unlike other countries and matters on which they compete and diverge, Afghanistan is being imagined as a possible theater of cooperation between the two.
Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli concluded his six-day official visit to China on June 24, 2018. A total of eight MoUs were signed in the areas of hydropower generation, manufacturing, river training and agriculture.