Recently, the ties between the United States and the European Union have been strained by a number of strategic and economic issues, including NATO and trade matters, the Iran nuclear deal, the China factor and controversies surrounding Huawei and the 5G network.
President Xi Jinping told Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman that China is a good friend and partner to Saudi Arabia. Beijing firmly supports Riyadh in its economic diversification drive and social reform and has offered to connect its Belt and Road Initiative with Saudi Vision 2030.
India and Pakistan have been fighting over Kashmir since their independence and the situation is exacerbating with time. Tensions flared once again on February 14, 2019, when more than 40 Indian paramilitary police were killed in India-administered Pulwama.
In February 2019, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman traveled to three Asian capitals: Islamabad, New Delhi, and Beijing. In each of the three capitals that he visited, the Crown Prince signed deals worth billions of dollars.
An International Court of Justice ruling has put the UK’s colonial claims to the Chagos in doubt. It is the US that has the most to lose, since it relies upon a long term lease from the UK to support its continued occupation of Diego Garcia, an important base in the Indian Ocean.
Xenophobia in Cambodia is a serious issue which should not be ignored or taken lightly. One example was a violent riot against Thai embassy and Thai businesses in Phnom Penh in 2003. This incident was obviously motivated by anti-Thai sentiments among Cambodians.
China’s growing economic and naval presence in the Indian Ocean region challenges India, the major South Asian power in the Indian Ocean area, and the US, the primary power since 1945. The question is why.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made deliberate attempts to reach out to China at the November 2014’s APEC Summit in Beijing. This was known as the ice-thawing mission from the Abe administration to the Xi administration.