Italy’s BRI engagement economic promises fell short. Italy’s reassessing aligns with US priorities. Taiwan’s ties could help distancing from China but strain relations. Balancing interests, alliances, and economics, Italy navigates a complex situation. Exiting the BRI may offer security assurances while maintaining diplomatic and economic hedging with the US and China.
The BRICS – a loose association of developing nations – have been the focus of global attention in recent weeks, for the 15th BRICS Leaders’ Summit. While the goal is to establish a more multipolar economic order, the existing geostrategic differences between India and China risk hampering the organisation’s ability to reach its full potential over the medium and long term.
Historically rivals on both geopolitical and sectarian grounds, the tripartite agreement between Saudi Arabia, the Islamic Republic and China is a diplomatic coup that could offer prospects for growth and stability in the Arabian Peninsula over the long term.
Against a precarious strategic environment, Australia’s new defense doctrine – The Defence Strategic Review – calls for strengthening the island nation’s military capabilities.
The political crisis in Georgia is a complex issue with a mix of domestic and foreign policy implications. It challenges its pro-Western foreign policy and relations with the West, triggering debates on the possibility of Tbilisi’s shift toward Moscow, turning a blind eye to the need for democratic reforms and falling into authoritarianism.
The ousting of former Malaita Premier Daniel Suidani is a step forward for China as it seeks to strengthen its political and economic influence in the Solomon Islands.
China’s President Xi Jiinping met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin remotely via video link on Friday, Dec. 30 – the Kremlin’s latest effort to deepen defense ties as Russia’s isolation with the West stretches.
Increasing security threats and a lack of coordination between European states proved the need to establish a new platform to discuss strategic issues and maintain high-level dialogue between heads of states. It gave a new impetus to the old ideas of Great Europe that were developed in France, namely by Francois Mitterand. Emmanuel Macron has brought this idea back by proposing a European Political Community, which has faced a lot of criticism already. Even so, it can have some substantial benefits for European politics and contribute to shaping the European security order.
The South Pacific has historically been a maritime expanse dominated by the influence of Western powers, including Australia. However, China is seeking to change the status quo through its economic and security diplomacy in the region causing concern for future of the rules-based order and its long-standing presence over climate change.
Relations between Beijing and Taipei have often experienced periods of friction ever since the victory of Mao Zedong’s Chinese communists in 1949. Now cross-strait ties have undergone crucial transformations under Tsai Ing-wen’s leadership, resulting in unprecedented diplomatic and military tensions along the Taiwan Strait.