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India’s Foreign Secretary Dr S. Jaishankar will be heading to Beijing for the first Strategic Dialogue with his Chinese counterpart Executive Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui on Wednesday, February 22.
Making its ‘Act East’ policy more robust, India has now decided to hold its first-ever joint air combat exercise with Indonesia. India has also offered to train sailors from Indonesia in submarine operations in a boost to maritime security cooperation.
It is more than three months since Donald Trump won the US presidential election and more than three weeks since he was inaugurated to that high office.
In many ways, the Raisina Dialogue hosted by Observer Research Foundation and the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, set the tone for the year’s momentous developments in geopolitics. 2017 is yet to complete fifty days, but the events of the last few weeks will have a lasting impact on our times.
The Trump administration, after making a chaotic start at home, has started venturing abroad. Not surprisingly, Asia remains its big focus.
So far, Trump has managed to antagonize the Mexican president and the Islamic world as well as harangue the Australian prime minister and the French president.
It was the first visit to Davos by a paramount leader of the People’s Republic of China, and it could not surely have gone better. Xi Jinping would not have had in any case to work too hard to distinguish himself from the two leaders who were making news at the same time – Donald Trump
Europe is holding its breath. On April 23 and May 7 this year, France will hold its first and second round elections to elect its President. This election is first of all a battleground for the French left and right in re-modelling themselves to conform to a turbulent world order.
Ever since Japan began to be viewed as an economic juggernaut in the 1970s, the world has anticipated the “Asian Century.” Predictions of America and Europe’s inevitable decline and Asia’s inexorable rise have been staples of books, newspaper and magazine articles, and news shows for decades
Chinese President Xi Jinping rolled out the ambitious Silk Road plan in late 2013. The project which aims to connect Southeast Asia with Europe through the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean is being founded on economic benefits for the entire region.
China and India are both now rising powers and therefore as neighbours, there is a necessity to create shared goals, according to Mr. Ma Zhanwu, the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Kolkata.