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Trump Offers To Mediate ‘Raging’ India-China Border Dispute

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U.S. President Donald Trump said he had offered to mediate a standoff between India and China at the Himalayan border, where soldiers camped out in a high-altitude region have accused each other of trespassing over the disputed border. “We have informed both India and China that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute,” Trump said in a Twitter post.

Read Here – Reuters

Also Read – A China-India Clash Would Be Xi Jinping’s Grand Mistake

Australia-India Naval Cooperation And The Islands Of The Indo-Pacific

As India and Australia prepare for a virtual summit next month between prime ministers amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, a possible strategic initiative could involve the cooperative use of their respective island territories in the Indian Ocean for strategic purposes. India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Australia’s Cocos (Keeling) Islands are well positioned to offer significant advantages for both countries.

Read Here – WarOnTheRocks

Behind Trump’s Push To Blame China

Both Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump face challenges to their legitimacy and political future from the pandemic and the two are equally eager to deflect responsibility for the crisis. The Chinese regime has mounted an aggressive campaign to promote the superiority of its system and assert global leadership, despite widely held doubts about the veracity of its claims… In Trump’s case, the urgency is even greater thanks to the presidential election campaign.

Read Here – Asia Times

China Has Two Paths To Global Domination

Xi Jinping’s China is displaying a superpower’s ambition. Only a few years ago, many American observers still hoped that China would reconcile itself to a supporting role in the liberal international order or would pose—at most—a challenge to U.S. influence in the Western Pacific… Now, however, the signs that China is gearing up to contest America’s global leadership are unmistakable, and they are ubiquitous.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

How Tall Is Mount Everest? China Set To Go The Extra Mile To Remeasure It

Chinese surveyors and climbers plan to scale the summit of Mount Everest on Wednesday in the latest attempt to measure the precise height of the world’s tallest mountain. The country’s measurement of the peak as part of a comprehensive scientific survey could improve further on its previous measurement of 8,844.43 metres (29,017.2 feet), made in 2005.

Chinese Foreign Minister Defends ‘Wolf Warrior’ Diplomats For Standing Up To ‘Smears’

China’s foreign minister has defended the country’s combative “wolf warrior” diplomacy, saying the country will stand firm in defending the national interest and combating “smears”. Wang Yi, who is also a State Councillor, also lashed out at attempts to sue China for compensation over the Covid-19 pandemic, telling a press conference on Sunday that the law suits were “blackmail” and “frivolous”.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

The Tangled Web Of India-China Relations

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The present phase of India-China relations emerged from the desire and imperative to reset relations after the Doklam standoff in 2017 and the realisation that, despite the persistence of major differences between them, India and China have significant areas of cooperation both in the bilateral and multilateral arenas… As long as there are continuing tensions in Sino-US relations, China will make positive overtures towards India, without any assurances that it will not revert to a confrontationist posture under different circumstances in the future.

Read Here – Lowy Institute

China And US Must Find Ways To Avoid New Cold War, Says Chinese Foreign Minister

China and the US should try to avoid a new Cold War and find new ways to cooperate despite their differences, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday. “We need to be alert to efforts by some political forces in America to hijack China-US relations and who try to push the two countries towards a so-called ‘new Cold War’.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

Also Read: Blackmailing China Over COVID-19 ‘Daydreaming’: Chinese FM

China Is Its Own Worst Enemy

Had Chinese President Xi Jinping’s communist regime been wise, it would have sought to repair the pandemic-inflicted damage to China’s image by showing empathy and compassion to other countries. Instead, China has acted in ways that undermine its long-term interests.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

Expertise, Ideas, And Making Foreign Policy

World politics is complicated, ever changing, and uncertain. Boiled down to its simplest elements, however, the basic goal of each actor within the international system — once empires and kingdoms, now largely nation-states — often centers upon getting others to do what you’d like and preventing those same actors from forcing you to do things you don’t want to do.

Read Here – WarOnTheRocks

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