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U.K.’s Biggest Naval Fleet in Decades to Flex Muscle With Eye on China and U.S. | SOURCE: WALL STREET JOURNAL

The most powerful U.K. fleet to be assembled in decades is preparing to set sail this month on a tour of 40 countries, focused on the Indo-Pacific, in an effort to show British military muscle in a region where the U.S. is seeking to counter Chinese influence.

SOURCE: WALL STREET JOURNAL


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Japan embarks on joint military maneuvers with US, France, Australia | SOURCE: NIKKEI

Prime Minister Imran Khan, left, and Afghan Taliban fighters, shown celebrating theJapan’s Ground Self-Defense Force is mounting a large joint military exercise with U.S. and French forces  on Japanese soil for the first time in response to China’s recent bearishness on regional security issues.(Courtesy of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force)

Japan’s ground troops began a large-scale joint exercise with the United States and France for the first time on Japanese soil. The move comes as Tokyo and Washington boost their alliance over regional issues including the Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands, which are claimed by Beijing, in the East China Sea amid an escalation of China’s maritime assertiveness in the East and South China seas.

SOURCE: NIKKEI


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China’s Belt and Road projects at risk | SOURCE: NIKKEI ASIA

Prime Minister Imran Khan, left, and Afghan Taliban fighters, shown celebrating the peace deal between the U.S. and Taliban in March 2020. (Source photos by Getty Images)

Pakistan fears that the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan — in line with the American-Taliban peace deal signed last year — will cause more security threats putting China’s Belt and Road projects at risk.

Analysts feel the uncertainty in Afghanistan has provided Tehreek e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) with a window to attack interests in Pakistan, including the projects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, or CPEC — the $50 billion Pakistan component of the Belt and Road initiative.

CPEC has not traditionally been a top target of TTP in Pakistan. But in recent months, anti-China rhetoric has [surfaced] in TTP propaganda, especially because of China’s oppression of Uyghur Muslims.

Pakistan already joined the U.S., Russia and China to call on the Afghan government and Taliban to ensure that Afghan soil is not used for cross-border attacks.

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China´s interest in Sri Lanka | SOURCE: JAMESTOWN ORG

Image: An aerial photo taken on September 23, 2020 shows the construction of a park in Colombo Port City by China Harbor. (Source: CHEC via Xinhua)

Located at the crossroads of global shipping lanes, Sri Lanka has become a significant recipient of Chinese economic and military influence in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

Chinese investments in port capacity have enabled Sri Lanka to enhance its strategic position in the Indian Ocean and become a regional trading hub, with future plans to develop its ability to become a financial center as well.

Access to the Indian Ocean’s sea routes is critical to Beijing, as today China is the world’s top oil importer, principally coming from the Middle East, passing through the Indian Ocean on its way to China.

Sri Lanka has been a critical partner in China’s expansive foreign policy and infrastructure-focused Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The situation further highlights Sri Lanka’s delicate balancing act between China and India. Colombo Port in Sri Lanka is particularly significant for India, as it handles roughly 40 percent  of transshipped container cargo bound for the Indian market.

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India, EU announce Connectivity Partnership to checkmate China | SOURCE: THE ECONOMIC TIMES

India-EU summit: FTA negotiations to resume after 8 yrs; European leaders extend solidarity on COVID-19

India and EU announced a comprehensive Connectivity Partnership on supporting resilient and sustainable connectivity both in India and in third countries and regions, including Africa, Central Asia and the Indo-Pacific that will provide an alternative to China’s mega Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The EU-India Connectivity Partnership covers cooperation in the digital, energy, transport, and people-to-people sector. Is the second such partnership for Europe, after the one between EU and Japan in September 2019.

The India-EU initiative is comprehensive compared to the Blue Dot network formed by USA-Japan-Australia to provide assessment and certification of infrastructure development projects worldwide.

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Pakistan fears Afghan pullback by US will stall Belt and Road | SOURCE: ASIA NIKKEI

Prime Minister Imran Khan, left, and Afghan Taliban fighters, shown celebrating the peace deal between the U.S. and Taliban in March 2020. (Source photos by Getty Images)

Pakistan fears that the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan will increase instability in both itself and its neighbor, causing more security threats and ultimately putting China’s Belt and Road projects at risk. Uncertainty in Afghanistan has already provided Tehreek e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) with a window to attack interests in Pakistan.

SOURCE: ASIA NIKKEI


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US troops may be deployed from Afghanistan to Russian borders | SOURCE: MEHR NEWS

United States may redeploy troops coming out of Afghanistan into Uzbekistan or Tajikistan, two of the three former Soviet republics bordering the war-torn country to its north, the Wall Street Journal reports. The newspaper’s sources admit, however, that Russia’s military presence in the region and China’s growing influence “complicate plans” for any US deployments in Central Asia.

SOURCE: MEHR NEWS


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Iran Officially Confirms Holding Negotiations With Saudi Arabia to Mend Ties | SOURCE: SPUTNIK

Iran officially confirms is holding negotiations with Saudi Arabia to resolve the issues standing in the way of normal relations between the two countries, which cut bilateral ties in 2016 over scandals around the execution of a Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia and Riyadh’s claims of Iran’s meddling in the domestic affairs of regional powers.

SOURCE: SPUTNIK


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Biden backs suspending patents on Covid vaccines | SOURCE: TELEGRAPH INDIA

The pharmaceutical industry argued that waiving intellectual property rights would not speed up vaccine production, pointing to other barriers like access to raw materials and distribution issues.

The Biden administration came out in support of waiving intellectual property protections for coronavirus vaccines, siding with international efforts to bolster production amid concerns about vaccine access in developing nations. Under President Donald Trump, the United States opposed the effort.

SOURCE: TELEGRAPH INDIA


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