Global Geopolitical Conflicts News

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November 2020

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EURASIA

  • CHINA- KYRGYZSTAN: China is willing to strengthen strategic coordination with Kyrgyzstan in regional and international affairs, and warned it´s oppose to any external forces interfering in Kyrgyzstan’s internal affairs. Kyrgyzstan, for its part, will continue to fully support China on issues related to the country’s core interests such as Taiwan, Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong and separatism.

SOURCE: BELT AND ROAD NEWS

EURASIA

  • CHINA: China is set to begin construction of a strategic railway line important for implementation of the Chinese plan for Tibet’s governance and the project’s role in securing China’s national unity and stability in the border areas. The rail project runs through Nyingchi, which lies just north of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, over which China lays claim to as part of South Tibet.

SOURCE: THE DIPLOMAT

EURASIA

  • CHINA: China lodged strong protests to the United States after the latter imposed new sanctions related to Iran on Chinese entities. US would impose sanctions on four Chinese entities, accusing them and Russia of “carrying out activities in promoting Iran’s missile programme.”

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

EURASIA

  • NAGORNO-KARABAKH: Armenia has signed a peace deal with Azerbaijan and Russia, bringing an end to fighting over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Violent protests broke out in the Armenian capital of Yerevan after the announcement.

SOURCE: UPI

EURASIA

  • NAGORNO-KARABAKH: A Russian committee is expected to hold meetings with Turkish diplomatic and defense officials on efforts to follow a recent cease-fire in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

SOURCE: YENISAFAK

EURASIA

  • RUSSIA AND PARTNERS: Russian President Vladimir Putin has said -during an online summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization– “attempts to exert foreign pressure” in Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, and Moldova are “unacceptable.” Regarding Belarus, he assured they are experiencing unprecedented pressure, stand against sanctions and provocations unleashed on them through an information and propaganda war.

SOURCE: RFERL ORG

EURASIA

  • RUSSIA/USA: Russia’s defense ministry claimed that one of its warships had caught a U.S. Navy destroyer operating in Russia’s Pacific territorial waters and chased it off.

SOURCE: CBS

EURASIA

  • RUSSIA/USA: US slaps sanctions on three Russian companies, due to the alleged violation of US non-proliferation legislation in respect of Iran, North Korea and Syria.

SOURCE: TASS


ASIA PACIFIC

  • US/CHINA: China has accused the United States of trying to “create chaos” in the Asia-Pacific, a day after US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien backed countries in maritime disputes with China and accused Beijing of using military pressure to further its own interests.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

 

ASIA PACIFIC

  • CHINA/MALAYSIA: China and Malaysia, usually friends, land in another maritime standoff, and each side is showing increased resolve to stand tall against the other.  Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam contest some or all of China’s claims to the 3.5 million-square-kilometer sea that’s rich in fisheries as well as energy.

SOURCE: VOA NEWS

 

ASIA PACIFIC

  • QUAD/CHINA:  Australia sends signal to China as it rejoins US, Japan and India for Malabar naval exercise. It shows strength after deterioration in ties between the four nations and Beijing. The Malabar exercise will see warships exercising in the Bay of Bengal near the Malacca Strait, a natural choke point and later in the Arabian Sea, along some of the world’s busiest trade routes.

SOURCES: SCMP STRAITSTIMES

 

ASIA PACIFIC

  • QUAD/CHINA: The navies of India, the United States, Australia and Japan are holding exercises in the Northern Arabian Sea, as part of a regional initiative to counter China’s growing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific.

SOURCE: ABC NEWS

ASIA PACIFIC

  • JAPAN – AUSTRALIA: Japan and Australia agreed on a breakthrough defence pact, amid concern over the disputed South China Sea, where China is extending its military influence. Japan and Australia said they also shared concerns about the East China Sea and Hong Kong where China has imposed a strict new national security law, clamping down on dissent.

SOURCE: REUTERS

ASIA PACIFIC

  • CHINA/JAPAN: China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi flew to Japan for talks amid regional tensions (China claims the Japanese-controlled islands, which it calls Diaoyu, and routinely sends its warships to the surrounding waters). The visit comes after China signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership with 14 other economies, including Japan and South Korea, which are close allies of the US in the region.

SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY

ASIA PACIFIC

  • INDONESIA: The Indonesian Navy will move the headquarters of its combat squad to Natuna islands, bordering the South China Sea, most of which is claimed by China despite competing claims from Vietnam, the Philippines, and Malaysia. The waters around the islands are believed to have rich reserves of undiscovered oil and gas. The islands are located on a crucial passage for commercial shipping.

SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY

ASIA PACIFIC

  • TAIWAN: Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu warned that China could exploit election uncertainty in the U.S. and target the island nation with its military. Taiwan ordered troops on “high alert”.

SOURCE: NEWSWEEK


CENTRAL ASIA

  • KYRGYZSTAN: Kyrgyzstan´s political instability (protests erupted following Kyrgyzstan’s disputed election) could affect the relationship between these countries with external actors, mainly Russia and China, experts warned. They also warned that if political or social instability spread through Central Asia “the strategic, energy, political and security interest of China and Russia will be affected, especially the regional security architecture, which is based on Russia as a security provider. China, because of its Belt and Road corridor in the region.

SOURCE: IWPR


SOUTH ASIA

  • JAMMU & KASHMIR: Pakistan calls upon India to immediately end its illegal and forcible occupation of parts of Jammu & Kashmir. The Pakistan government plans to make Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) its fifth province, conduct elections there in mid-November, and send representatives to both houses of Parliament. India had firmly rejected the attempt by Pakistan.

SOURCE: HINDUSTAN TIMES

SOUTH ASIA

  •  AFGHANISTAN: 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.

SOURCE: IFP NEWS

SOUTH ASIA

  • AFGHANISTAN: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani sought the support of visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to reduce surging violence in the war-torn country. The visit came as Taliban resist calls for a cease-fire, with little headway in the ongoing peace talks, while the US has announced a sharp drawdown of troops in Afghanistan.

SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY


MIDDLE EAST

  • EGYPT – RUSSIA: Egyptian, Russian Navies Carry Out Drills in Black Sea. The exercise aims to enhance military cooperation and contribute to efforts to achieve security and stability in the Middle East region.

SOURCE: ASHARQ AL AWSAT

MIDDLE EAST

  • US/IRAN: Elliott Abrams, US special representative for Iran and Venezuela, has called for greater cooperation among Middle East countries to counter the threat from Iran. Abrams wants to see greater cooperation between the US and Saudi Arabia as well as the Kingdom and its neighbors, as happened recently between Israel and the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan. Claim that cooperation among Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries is essential.

SOURCE: ARABNEWS

MIDDLE EAST

  • IRAQ/IRAN: Iraqi Minister of Defense will visit Iran with the intention to expand defense cooperation.

SOURCE: MEHR NEWS

MIDDLE EAST

  • IRAQ-SAUDI ARABIA: Iraq and Saudi Arabia have reopened their land border, 30 years after the Gulf War prompted its closure, showing closer ties between the two countries, likely to irk Riyadh’s rival Tehran.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST EYE

MIDDLE EAST

  • ISRAEL/LEBANON: Israel and Lebanon resumed US-mediated talks over their disputed Mediterranean Sea border.  The meetings follow a series of deals under which the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan agreed to establish full relations with Israel. The talks between Israel and Lebanon aim to kick-start hydrocarbon exploration in the potentially gas-rich area.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL NEWS

MIDDLE EAST

  • BAHRAIN-ISRAEL: Bahrain’s foreign minister paid a history-making visit to Israel, in the latest sign of warming ties following a series of U.S.-brokered normalization accords between Israel and Arab nations. Reflects a changing Middle East in which Israel and the Gulf countries view Iran as a shared threat.

SOURCE: THE GLOBE AND MAIL

MIDDLE EAST

  • ISRAEL-SAUDI ARABIA: Netanyahu visited Saudi Arabia to meet with Bin Salman in the presence of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The visit confirmed that Riyadh has entered the normalization game and suggests that the wave of Gulf normalization was not simply an attempt to give US President Donald Trump’s election campaign a foreign policy boost.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

MIDDLE EAST

  • SYRIA-PALESTINE/ISRAEL: Mike Pompeo visits Golan Heights and West Bank settlement, in a provocative act before U.S. President Donald Trump leaves his post. Syria and Palestine condemned the visit. Palestinians and Arab states said the move would help cement Israeli control over occupied territory.

SOURCES: REUTERS – SKY

MIDDLE EAST

  • UAE: United Arab Emirates urged the need to confront Turkey’s expansionist agenda in the region, and accused the Turkish leader of spreading the Muslim Brotherhood ideology.

SOURCE: ASHARQ AWSAT

MIDDLE EAST

  • UAE: United States is planning to sell advanced defense capabilities -that are worth $23.37 billion-to United Arab Emirates, a longtime vital U.S. security partner. The sale will make the UAE even more capable and interoperable with U.S. partners in a manner fully consistent with America’s longstanding commitment to ensuring Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge.

SOURCE: STATE GOV US


EUROPE

  • EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN:  Greece and Egypt -that signed a maritime deal setting out respective exclusive economic zones- expect US President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration to play a more active role in attempting to calm growing tensions in the eastern Mediterranean. Greece and Egypt are at odds with Turkey in a tense maritime boundary dispute in the eastern Mediterranean about rights to search for and exploit natural gas deposits.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

EUROPE

  • EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN: Greece has rejected new calls by Turkey to start exploratory talks to settle their maritime differences, feeding into a long-running and dangerous energy standoff in the eastern Mediterranean. The snub comes as Greece tries to increase pressure on its European allies to impose sanctions on Turkey during a summit next week.

SOURCE: VOA NEWS

EUROPE

  • EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN: MEPs have adopted an amendment calling on the European Council to impose sanctions on Turkey, after they unanimously voted to condemn its recent “unilateral and illegal” behavior in Cyprus and the surrounding territorial waters.

SOURCE: RT

EUROPE

  • BELARUS: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the United States and several European countries of “gross interference” in the domestic affairs of Belarus. He met Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who has faced months of protests over his disputed reelection.

SOURCE: RFERL ORG


SOUTH AMERICA

  • VENEZUELA: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Venezuela to deep their strategic alliance. Tehran has become a crucial ally for Caracas as Washington tightens sanctions meant to force Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from power. The visit to Venezuela is the start of a Latin American tour that will also take him to Cuba and Bolivia.

SOURCE: RADIO FARDA


AFRICA

  • ETHIOPIA: Ethiopia’s conflict in its powerful Tigray region continued as PM vows further operations. Observers warned the possibility of a civil war. It could destabilize the already turbulent Horn of Africa. There is a great challenge in holding together a country of some 110 million people with multiple ethnic and other grievances.

SOURCE: CP 24

AFRICA

  • ETHIOPIA: Fighting between Ethiopia’s military and regional forces from the northern Tigray region is seriously destabilizing the East African and Horn region, the EU warned. A 72-hour government deadline for Tigray forces to surrender is due to expire, while the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a political party spearheading the fighting, has rejected the ultimatum. Ethiopian PM refuses ‘unwelcome’ international offers to end war in Tigray.

SOURCES: REUTERSCP24

AFRICA

  • SUDAN: Russia will open a naval base in Sudan, which will be able to host nuclear submarines. Is the first for Russia in Africa since the Cold War.

SOURCE: UA WIRE ORG

AFRICA

  • SUDAN: With the approval of the construction of a naval hub in Port Sudan (see GGN November 2020) Russia will extend military reach in the strategically important Red Sea, a disputed zone between China, Russia and the Western powers. China, now Russia’s partner for plans for Africa, opened its first overseas military base in Djibouti which gives also a prominent presence in the Red Sea. It seems no coincidence that the Trump administration announced last month that it was lifting decades of sanctions off the Sudanese government.

SOURCE: SPUTNIK