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EU-India partnership transcends the purely bilateral and matures tremendously

more "India is home to a sixth of humanity", French President Nicolas Sarkozy reminded on December 4, 2010 while seeking support for his 2011 presidency of the G20 which will focus on global governance...

Diaoyu Islands incident raised concern about China's Asia strategy

more The captain of a Chinese fishing vessel, Zhan Qixiong, and 14 fishermen on board were detained by the Japanese coast guard earlier this month after their boat collided with the Japan Coast Guard patrol vessel...

Yuan and other issues may still strain China-United States relations

more "Strategic trust is the basis of China-U.S. cooperation," Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo said on September 7, 2010. The two countries agree on the need for more stable relations, acknowledge the vital importance...

Military-to-military relations are U.S. DoD's top priority in Asia

more Asian nations must act in the face of provocations as part of their responsibility to preserve peace and reinforce regional stability, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in remarks opening the first...

Short Briefing of the Second China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue (SED)

more As agreed upon bilateral consultation, the Second China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue has been held in Beijing from May 24 to 25, 2010. Chinese President Hu Jintao's special representatives, Vice Premier...

No breakthrough following North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's visit to China

more Speaking about the U.S. Defense Department’s Nuclear Posture Review before the Senate Armed Services Committee on April 20, 2010, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy James N...

Bis repetita of a political crisis, Nepal is at a delicate and critical moment

more On May 5, 2010, Karin Landgren, the Secretary-General’s Representative in Nepal, told the Security Council (SC) that the country is at a “delicate and critical moment,” as negotiators work to resolve...

19th Summit Meeting re-energized EU - Japan relationship

more The 1991 Joint Declaration on relations between the European Community and its Member States and Japan established common principles and shared objectives in the political, economic...

European Union strengthens its economic cooperation with Asia

more The European Union (EU) and Asia commit to strengthening economic cooperation links as a result of the "lessons learned from the crisis", declared the Second Vice-President and Minister of...

The United States and Pakistan commit to a long-term strategic partnership

more "This is a meeting between equals," said U.S. military officials. In recent years, misperceptions and mistrust have grown between the United States and Pakistan. On March 24, 2010, the two countries held...

Asia-Pacific is a priority of Russia's and United States' foreign policy

more Asia-Pacific region (APR) area includes much of East Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia and Oceania. A number of analysts also add South Asia with Pakistan and India. This week, Russian and U.S. officials...

Australia faces a range of complex security challenges

more On 23 February 2010, Australia launched (pdf) its 2010 Counter-Terrorism White Paper titled Securing Australia, Protecting Our Community. As Australia faces a range of complex, dynamic and...

Cyber threat now a diplomatic and intelligence priority?

more U.S. President Barack Obama made clear two months into his presidency that cybersecurity would be a top priority. On 12 January 2010, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told in a statement that cyber...

New steps for the stabilization of Afghanistan and Pakistan

more Following U.S. President Barack Obama's speech on Afghanistan Strategy at West Point last December, U.S. officials repeated that the military strategy would have to be completed by a...

Taiwan remains the most sensitive issue between U.S. and China

more In his speech on 27 July 2009 before the opening session of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, President Obama observed that the “relationship between the United States and China will...

No hope outside six-party talks, U.S. tells North Korea

more On 11 January 2010, the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK – North Korea) issued a statement that proposes the signing of a peace treaty with the United States for terminating...

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North Korea poses the most immediate risks to the stability of East Asia

more North Korea (DPRK) has been at the center of the international scene for the last week. By inviting Stanford Professor Siegfried S. Hecker, a former director of Los Alamos National Laboratory, at an...

Australia's government has changed, not Foreign Policy

more On September 11, 2010, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard appointed her predecessor, former PM Kevin Rudd (2007-2010) as her new government's Foreign Minister in replacement of Stephen Smith...

Decisions by CSTO and Russia will be central to Kyrgyzstan's future

more Unrest started in northwestern Kyrgyzstan on April 6, 2010 and spread throughout the capital, Bishkek, on April 7, 2010. It ultimately led to the ouster of former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev’s...

Not much progress towards free elections in Myanmar (Burma)

more "How much longer can Myanmar afford to wait for national reconciliation, democratic transition and full respect for human rights?" UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked on July 4, 2009. "The cost of...

After 60 years, China - India relations seem fine, not much more

more The People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of India have emerged as two of the fastest growing economies in the world. April 1, 2010 marked the 60th anniversary of the establishment...

Can Thailand's political crisis turn into a civil war?

more Thailand is going through the worst political crisis since 1992 when protests against the army culminated in the death of about forty people. The latest confrontation between the police, the military...

U.S.-Japan alliance is still the most powerful in Asia

more This year marks the Fiftieth Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between Japan and the United States. U.S. military relations with Japan remain strong despite...

Australia-Indonesia partnership is a bilateral and mutual strategic asset

more The President of the Republic of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, visited Australia on March 9-11, 2010. This was his second state visit to Australia as President, and his first visit to Australia...

Russia and China view the changing world differently

more In their speeches at the 46th Munich Security Conference (2010), the Russian and Chinese Foreign Ministers, Sergey Lavrov and Yang Jiechi, described a world whose economic and strategic landscape is...

Pakistan clearly intensifies its cooperation with the West

more U.S. officials have said little in public on the capture in Pakistan of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s second-in-command to Mohammad Omar, but White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs...

Change in foreign policy and internal tensions jeopardize Sri Lanka

more Former Army Commander and Chief of Defence Staff of Sri Lanka, General (Retd.) Sarath Fonseka was arrested by the Military Police on 8 February 2010 in the evening. Major General Prasad Samarasinghe...

Security in India has improved but hostile groups still active

more Overall, the security situation in India has improved and the number of security incidents has gone down in 2009 as compared to 2008. However the number of incidents related to left-wing extremism...

Multiple challenges for London Conference on Afghanistan

more London will host an international conference on Afghanistan on 28 January 2010. « This conference will be an opportunity for the international community and Afghanistan to agree...

Political tensions put Nepal peace process at risk

more « The major disagreements that have brought the peace process close to a standstill remain unresolved, increasing the risk of its collapse, » United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned in a...

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