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Japanese companies are making a big push overseas. The phenomenon is a result of a shrinking population, but also geopolitical pressure from China. To counter Beijing’s influence, Japan is using its economic heft to expand its reach and protect its interests. Its ties with countries like India and Australia will continue to grow, and it will step into the vacuums left by a withdrawing United States and an overstretched China.
the standoff on the Doklam Plateau between India and China seems to have been
resolved, the countries’ Himalayan border will continue to be a source of
tension. As emerging world powers with aspirations for hegemony, both are
jockeying for influence in other countries in the region, such as Nepal and
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
military showdown between unarmed Chinese and Indian troops on the Doklam
Plateau in the Himalayas is different than previous border tiffs in the region
between these two Asian giants. The new dimensions reflect a changing
relationship between Beijing and New Delhi, as both gain international clout.
The current crisis is unlikely to get out of hand, but China and India will
continue to butt heads.
Pramit Pal Chaudhuri
What to do with Crimea is a seemingly insoluble problem. With patriotic Russian opinion firmly set in the “Crimean consensus,” returning the territory to Ukraine is out of the question. Letting it remain as part of Russia is equally unacceptable to Ukraine and the West. Perhaps the best place to start is with Crimea’s real owners – the peninsula’s 2.34 million residents.
Dr. Svyatoslav Kaspe