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The US is not the whole world. Its endorsement does not mean India has won the backing of the world. This basic fact, however, has been ignored by India.”

 

Since the 18th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party in November 2012, the world has been witness to the steady hardening of the Chinese State. As China’s communist leadership prepares for the 19th party congress scheduled for late next year, it will undoubtedly take note of the arc of vulnerability that has begun to appear on China’s periphery.

 

Since my last visit five years ago I have keenly observed India’s political, economic and social transformation, and welcomed the increasingly active role India is playing internationally. I have also witnessed the growing personal ties between New Zealand and India, supported by our diaspora communities and our education, tourism and business connections.

 
In the afternoon of October 13, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, Rama IX of the Chakri dynasty, passed away at the age of 88, in the 70th year of his reign. I ran to a café in Sukhumvit to watch the announcement, as streets in Bangkok grew quiet, people huddled around television screens, many sobbing in disbelief.  
 

The two big delegations from Russia and Pakistan were led by the Russian Deputy Defence Minister, Anatoly Antonov, and Pakistan’s Chief of General staff (a front-runner to succeed the Army chief, General Raheel Sharif), Lt Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat

The two big delegations from Russia and Pakistan were led by the Russian Deputy Defence Minister, Anatoly Antonov, and Pakistan’s Chief of General staff (a front-runner to succeed the Army chief, General Raheel Sharif), Lt Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat

 

The India-Singapore Strategic Partnership was signed last November between the two nations. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strategy of cooperative federalism means that one of the vehicles of this strategic partnership is the states. 

 

India is one of Singapore’s oldest and closest friends. Last year, as Singapore celebrated 50 years of independence, we also toasted the 50 years of diplomatic relations with India.

 

In a significant visit, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has embarked on a five-day tour of India to bolster bilateral ties. There’s no denying the fact that Singapore is an important contact country for India. The former’s position within the Asean grouping means New Delhi has a valuable partner in Southeast Asia that can help facilitate its interests in that part of the world. This is especially important in the context of India’s Act East policy of boosting commercial and strategic connections with East and Southeast Asia.

 

A conference organised in Singapore on the challenges and opportunities for countries in the Indian Ocean Region, underlined the crucial role of IOR players globally in economic, cultural and political spheres.

 

Global community needs to look for regional options as UN sanctions have failed. However, China must be taken into confidence before any serious step is taken against Kim, otherwise the dictator may trigger a regional war.

 


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