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One Year On, Should India Rethink Its Reset With China?

A year ago, China’s President Xi Jinping and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi engaged in a closely choreographed series of photo-ops and exchanges at their summit in Wuhan, China. The serene images of Modi and Xi – gazing at pink blossoms and enjoying tea on a boat – telegraphed a return to normalcy after a tense period in ties between the two Asian rivals. But the honeymoon phase in the “new” India-China relationship might be over.

Read Here – WarOnTheRocks

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Richard Holbrooke and the Decline Of American Power

One of the most celebrated diplomats of his generation, Richard Holbrooke helped normalise U.S. relations with China; served as U.S. ambassador to a newly reunified Germany and then to the United Nations; and, most famously, negotiated the 1995 Dayton peace agreement that ended the war in Bosnia. But he began and ended his career struggling with how to resolve two American wars: first in Vietnam, then in Afghanistan.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Manifestos Of BJP, Congress Indicate That When It Comes To Foreign Policy, Ambiguity Is Better Than Clarity

Looking at the foreign policy sections of the election manifestos, you might be forgiven for thinking that the Indian political class is barely interested in the world beyond its shores. On the face of it, this seems odd. After all, India’s relative weight has rapidly risen in the last two decades.

Read Here – The Indian Express

Maldives Ruling Party Pledges Probe Into Chinese Deals After Landslide Win

Maldives former president Mohamed Nasheed, whose party won a landslide in the archipelago’s parliamentary election, on Tuesday pledged to conduct a thorough probe into deals with China. Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) is set to secure 65 seats in the 87-member parliament, giving it a clear majority to push for reforms including imposing the country’s first income tax and instituting a minimum wage for the first time.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

Kazakhstan’s Leader Nursultan Nazarbayev Resigns

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has abruptly announced his resignation 29 years after taking office. In a televised address on Tuesday, the 78-year-old said he has made the “difficult” decision to terminate his authority as president, but did not give a specific reason for the shocking decision.

Read Here – Al Jazeera

The Geopolitical Implications Of The Global Energy Transition

If for more than half a century oil and natural gas have been at the heart of the geopolitics of energy, it is sensible to investigate if and how this will change as a result of the global energy transition, a process driven by decarbonisation policies and by quick developments in renewable energy technologies and electric cars.

Read Here – Bruegel

America’s Polarisation Is A Foreign Policy Problem, Too

…there’s no question that the United States is at a level of political polarization unseen for many decades. Most of the attention to this phenomenon has focused on its effects on America’s internal politics, and some observers are clearly worried that the core institutions of the country might be at risk—understandable, given President Donald Trump’s open hostility towards some of these institutions, his apparent fondness for authoritarians, and the emergence of something resembling “state media” (i.e., Fox News).

Read Here – Foreign Policy

Also Read: Perils Of Polarization For ~U.S. Foreign Policy

In the India-Pakistan Stand-Off, It’s Modi Versus Khan

These two men hold the key to whether India and Pakistan edge closer to an all out war. One — Narendra Modi — is a former tea seller turned politician who leads one of the world’s fastest growing economies: India. The other — Imran Khan — is a cricketing legend and leader of Pakistan, a country on the brink of financial and economic meltdown.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Also Read: India speaks in riddles after Imran’s peace gesture

The Trump-Kim Summit In Hanoi: How America Can Make History

For most of their terms in office, Americans Presidents live in a world filled with more hostility than admiration and more abuse than appreciation. However, few, if any presidents have confronted the opposition to change in any form that President Donald Trump encountered. Trump’s controversial reset of American Foreign Policy in Northeast Asia elicited almost universal contempt.

Read Here – The National Interest

Also Read: What to Expect At The Second North Korea Summit

Kim Jong Un Begins Long Train Trek To Vietnam For Trump Summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un began the long train journey to Vietnam on Saturday for his second summit with President Donald Trump, state media reported. The official Korean Central News Agency confirmed early Sunday local time that Kim was en route, accompanied by his sister, Kim Yo Jong, and Kim Yong Chol, who’s been a key negotiator in talks with the U.S. Russia’s TASS news agency reported the North Korean leader’s departure hours earlier, citing a diplomatic official it didn’t identify.

Read Here – Bloomberg

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