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.
The Sino-Indian relations have been constrained by the asymmetry between their threat perceptions: India tends to be deeply apprehensive of threats from China, while China appears comparatively unconcerned about threats from India.
Whenever South Korea and Japan became closer, the bilateral relationship somehow always broke apart in the end when historical memories surfaced. The two countries co-hosted the football World Cup in 2002, perhaps the greatest upswing in their relationship.
“One country, two systems” is concocted to resolve the challenges facing the 1997 Hong Kong reversion to Chinese rule. The emphasis over a political construct suitable to Chinese conditions meant that problems over “one country, two systems” is not unexpected.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan won the election in July 2018. One year down the line, Khan is finding himself in a weak position for more than one reason. Currently, Khan faces two challenges: the Pakistan Army and the domestic economy.
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.
Argentine has defaulted on its sovereign debt eight times since independence in 1816, and the country has been punctuated with regular economic crises in the past 70 years. The issue on hand is not so much about Argentine default, but the judgement and approach of the IMF.
On September 4, 2019, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that she will officially withdraw the extradition bill which caused much anguish and anxiety in Hong Kong. Protestors did not accept Lam’s withdrawal of the bill as it came too little, too late.
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.