President Donald J. Trump is on his first official trip to Asia, with stops in Japan, South Korea, China, and now Vietnam, for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) summit. In his address to the APEC CEO Summit, he outlined his stamp on Asia statecraft, which includes a vision of upholding a “free and open Indo-Pacific.” However, the United States cannot achieve that goal without strong Asian partnerships—including with India.
It’s a scene that wouldn’t be entirely out of place in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. Yet in this regional adaptation, the theatre of the absurd is relocated to Muscat and the elusive Godot is recast as the Afghan Taliban.
Appearing on television on October 1, the ex-head of Pakistan’s ISI, General (retired) Ehsan-Ul-Haq, put forth a worldview that was far more inclusive than is usually enunciated on TV by retired army officers.
Pak-US relations have been marred by ups and downs throughout the history. However, this bilateral relationship is now witnessing another downward tendency since US President Donald Trump has taken up the charge of affairs.