The Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, met with President Trump in Washington in September, 2019. At that meeting, Mr Trump initially signalled the possibility of a military strike against Iran, as the pair discussed the special relationship between the two nations.
A US official tried to bribe the captain of a tanker carrying Iranian oil to deliver the ship into US hands. He emailed, “With this money, you can have any life you wish and be well-off in old age…If you choose not to take this easy path, life will be much harder for you.”
Compared with China’s high-profile anti-corruption campaign, the so-called “tiger hunt”, India has been more impressive on promoting a clean government, based on data from the Corruption Perception Index over the past few years.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Bahrain came amidst much fanfare and interest. He is the very first Indian prime minister to visit the Gulf state, considering that the two countries have shared close ties for centuries.
India has immense interest in the reduction of tensions between Washington and Tehran. The removal of tensions is important for India in the context of its oil needs as well as the Chabahar Port project which is India’s gateway to Afghanistan.
There are three major sets of challenges for India’s foreign policy. Firstly, meeting strategic challenges; secondly, responding to challenges of globalization and managing critical issues; and thirdly, evolving a national consensus on India’s national interests.
After India withdrew the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan suspended trade ties with India and banned all imports and exports. Pakistan also decided to suspend the import of Indian goods to Afghanistan under the Pakistan-Afghanistan transit treaty.
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, an archipelago of 572 islands, is strategically located in the Indian Ocean and has the potential to play a decisive role in the shaping of India’s Indo-Pacific policy.
India always maintained that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of its territory and termed the revocation as a purely domestic affair. Pakistan, which occupies the other half of the territory and lays claims on religious grounds to Indian Kashmir, however went ballistic.
The internal re-organization of Jammu and Kashmir came about with the abrogation of an extra-ordinary law weaved into the Indian Constitution that gave a special status to the province. It set off a whirlwind of speculations about what this act was “really” meant to achieve.