The US decision to cut its security aid to Pakistan brings nothing new into US-Pakistan bilateral dynamics. The US had already done that previously when it cut the Coalition Support Funds amounting to USD 900 million for the financial years 2015 and 2016.
The cross-strait relations trio since Tsai Ing-wen took office shows increasing political confrontation on one hand, and steady economic and improving social relations on the other. The three relations have developed into separate “melodies” following different dynamics.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited India on a six-day official trip in January 2018. Netanyahu’s visit, coming only six months after Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel, is evidence of how quickly bilateral relations are expanding.
US Defense Secretary James Mattis visited Indonesia and Vietnam in January 2018. The goal of the US strategy in Asia is to win the “great power competition” against China. However, the Trump administration seems oblivious to the US loss of soft power in the region.
The 19th Congress has set the precedent for China’s pathway to the center stage of great power diplomacy. China wants to play an active role in fostering a new type of international relations by “building a community of common destiny.”
Taiwan’s pro-independence activists undermine the importance of material factors and place an overemphasis on the fact that Taiwan is a democracy when they conclude that Taiwan deserves self-autonomous rights to determine its own fate and it will surely be welcomed by the world.
Proof can be heard or seen almost daily of Western liberal media bias against US President Donald J Trump and the People’s Republic of China. The two are the foremost targets of the liberal media’s unfairness and ill will like no others.
India voted in favor of the UN General Assembly resolution condemning the US for its decision to move its embassy to and to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Given the close ties between India and Israel and India and the US, India’s decision has surprised many.
Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh was in Moscow meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Kolokoltsev. Singh’s visit was followed by that of Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Sochi.
The latest edition of the US Navy Commander’s Handbook on the Law of Naval Operations is out. It is the first such revision in a decade — but it continues to convey to US Navy commanders controversial and unilateral interpretations of the international law of the sea.