The importance of Iran for India cannot be overstated. India is Iran’s second largest crude importer, after China. Tensions over Iran’s nuclear and missile program this time around, and the re-imposition of sanctions by the US, have created another round of problems for India.
Since July 6, 2018, China and the United States have been engaged in a trade war. No matter who wins the trade battle at the end, the US is in danger of becoming a big power with a damaged prestige sustaining a shaky liberal world order.
Almost daily the US mainstream media report that the Democratic Party opposes everything President Donald Trump does or wants to do. Everything that is except Trump’s tough stance on trade with China! They agree with it. They even applaud it.
China is keen to gain access to ports worldwide, as most of its exports are delivered by sea. By building port terminals and logistics centers, China can simultaneously increase its control over the supply line of its exports and use several international seaways for trade.
Considering the historical dominance of US companies in the telecommunication semiconductor business and the software platforms powering smartphones, there is a legitimate concern as to whether Huawei can survive the US sanctions.
With the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative, China’s international profile in education and research is going up. This phenomenon can be termed geo-intellect, a subset of China’s global power project.
At the second Belt and Road Forum, Chinese President Xi Jinping attempted to allay growing complaints that the BRI was a predatory debt trap and said that China would promote high financial and environmental standards to steer its projects.
Nepal’s President Bidhya Devi Bhandari was on a nine-day state visit to China which concluded on April 30, 2019. Invited by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Bhandari also attended and addressed the Second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.
The Top Ten winners of the annual Skytrax World Airport Awards have recently been announced. They beat out 550 other airports. Being the best was important to them in a hyper-competitive world at a time of shifting geopolitics and geo-economics.