In the lead up to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, there have been many predictions about who’s in and who’s out of the Politburo Standing Committee, fueled by observers’ fascination about political struggles, cliques, successor regime, etc.
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom Nawaz won the NA-120 seat by-election, which was vacated after Sharif resigned from his Prime Minister position and Parliament in July 2017 after a Supreme Court ruling.
Australia and New Zealand may hold potential to offer an alternative pathway to realpolitik in international relations (like the current Sino-US geopolitical rivalry) — a model of global governance which valorizes democracy, but free from the intention to establish hegemony.
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s bonhomie towards India at the 9th BRICS Summit ran contrary to his earlier hardline rhetoric during the two-month long Doklam stand-off. It can be rightly argued that BRICS acted as a coolant for Sino-Indian tension.
Boosted by an upturn in his popularity ratings, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe may be aiming for an election in October 2017. Another factor is that the political opposition is in some form of reorganization following the resignation of the Democratic Party leader.
China, Japan, and India have plenty of geopolitical and economic space to grow and work together. All of them have strong ties or regular working relationships with the US, which is the only major power in the Pacific and Indian Oceans and the only global superpower.
All eyes were on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Myanmar from September 5-7, 2017. Firstly, it followed his visit to China, where he had gone to attend the BRICS Summit. Second, the visits to both China and Myanmar came soon after the end of the Doklam standoff.
In Trump’s new South Asia policy, India has been asked to do more, while on the other hand, Pakistan has been rebuked for aiding and abetting terrorists by providing safe havens in its territory. Against this backdrop, it is anticipated that these will lead to India’s regional isolation.
The possible rationales for Manila’s diplomatic course of action may be defined according to Duterte’s “independent foreign policy,” which remarkably, coincides with the Philippines’ 2017 ASEAN Chairmanship.
Seeking more “economic assistance” from India in Afghanistan, Trump did appear to signal who the “good guy” is in the South Asian region. However, India was effectively brought into an unsavory quid pro quo equation.