- It was announced that China plans to further increase oil and gas exploration and accelerate the construction of more oil and gas storage infrastructure.
- The Philippines said oil exploration in the disputed South China Sea can proceed without China, in what could be a further sign of the Southeast Asian nation’s tougher stance against Beijing.
- Australia sends signal to China as it rejoins US, Japan and India for Malabar naval exercise, near the Malacca Strait, a natural choke point, along some of the world’s busiest trade routes.
- China condemns U.S decision to drop the al-Qaeda-affiliated East Turkestan Islamic Movement from its list of terrorist organizations, as the ETIM has been engaged in terrorist activities seriously threatening the security and stability of China.
- Iran, Russia, and India hold trilateral meeting to discuss the issue of Afghanistan, expressing concern over the growth of terrorism and extremism in afghan territory.
- At the beginning of the week, at least 19 people were killed when militants stormed Afghanistan’s biggest university. It was the second attack on an educational institution in the capital in just over a week. Both have been claimed by Islamic State.
- China, with heavy investments in Pakistan, expressed concern about the security situation of the country, as religious-cum-sectarian attacks has been taking place exactly as the CPEC has been revived.
- Pakistan calls again upon India to immediately end its illegal and forcible occupation of parts of Jammu & Kashmir.
- United Arab Emirates urged the need to confront Turkey’s expansionist agenda in the region.
- Egypt and Iraq signed agreements to enhance bilateral ties including oil and water resources.
- In Belarus, thousands of Belarusians marched again through Minsk to demand veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko leave power.
- In Austria, an attacker identified as an Islamist extremist opened fire on a crowd in Vienna’s nightlife district (five people died). ISIS claimed the responsibility.
- Ethiopia’s conflict in its powerful Tigray region continued as PM vows further operations. Observers warned the possibility of a civil war, which could destabilize the already turbulent Horn of Africa.
- Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have once again failed to agree on a new negotiating approach to resolve their years-long dispute over the controversial dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile River.
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