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December 4, 2020
- INDIA-SRI LANKA-MALDIVES: India-Sri Lanka-Maldives returned to the trilateral maritime security dialogue, a demonstration of the Indian intent to push subregional diplomacy, while China is expanding its military presence in the Indian Ocean and has been developing serious inroads into the region through bases and other strategic networks. Both Sri Lanka and the Maldives are critical maritime neighbors to India in the Indian Ocean region and there have been continuous efforts by both India and China to win friends and favors in Colombo and Male.
SOURCE: THE DIPLOMAT
- AFGHANISTAN: Former Afghan intelligence chief turned politician Rahmatullah Nabil reaffirmed the claims of the UN report that Al-Qaeda still maintains close ties with the Taliban, and as the Taliban continues to maintain strategic ties with the Al-Qaeda, their alliance remains the bone of contention in adhering to the terms of the US-Taliban deal. Military engagements of the group alongside the Taliban in various provinces of the country are likely to result in increased violence.
SOURCE: ORFONLINE ORG
- IRAN: Israel worries that Biden will re-adopt Obama’s Iran policy. Israel believes Iran will accept a US proposal, if one is made, that would include a lifting of some sanctions and a full return by Iran and the United States to the nuclear agreement. Israel’s security agencies would give a lot for an opportunity to change the next administration’s views on Iran. The two sides are already exchanging messages mostly through various think tanks and media monitoring.
SOURCE: AL MONITOR
- IRAN : U.S. shouldn’t reenter Iran Nuclear Deal, according to James Jay Carafano (Vice President, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute), that criticized former Secretary of State John Kerry—the great architect of the deal—, because he claimed the Iranian regime would act more responsibly after it, and it didn’t. Iran fueled insurgencies, wars and terrorism in Syria, Yemen, Israel and Iraq, and remains the world’s most dangerous sponsor of terrorism. Kerry, according to Carabano, claimed that the Iranians after the deal would stop pursuing nuclear weapons but again, they didn’t.
SOURCE: HERITAGE ORG
- CHINA: The Pentagon added CNOOC to its list of companies with alleged ties to China’s military, blocking US investment in the firm from next year. The company has no known direct ownership links to the Chinese military. Its inclusion may be linked to its activities in the South China Sea, where Washington has been pushing back more strongly against Beijing’s disputed territorial claims.
SOURCE: ARGUS MEDIA
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