China's arrogance and dictatorial ambitions in Indo-Pacific are complicating the geopolitical situation
France challenges the Chinese bullying in South China Sea
Paris/Beijing: At the end of last month, two French warships apparently sailed near the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea. Even after being threatened by the Chinese warships, they continued with the campaign, stating firmly that they were sailing in international waters. In the beginning of May, French President, Emmanuel Macron, during his visit to Australia, had reprimanded China, saying, ‘No country should try to dominate the Indo-Pacific sector.’ From Macron’s statements and the subsequent sailing of the French warships without paying any heed to the Chinese threats, it is evident that France is openly challenging the Chinese bullying in South China Sea.
US has violated the ‘One China’ policy by opening an embassy in Taiwan, criticises Chinese Foreign Ministry
Beijing: ‘The United States has violated the ‘One China’ policy by sending diplomats to Taiwan. It needs to be firm on its promises made to China and correct the mistake on an immediate basis. Also, the country should refrain from activities hampering the US-China relationship and affecting the peace and stability in the Taiwanese Gulf,’ criticised the Chinese foreign ministry. On Tuesday, the United States inaugurated the building housing the ‘American Institute of Taiwan’ (AIT), a cultural centre in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei.
Nuclear threat from North Korea averted, says US President Donald Trump
Washington/Seoul: ‘Before I took over as President, the population of the United States was afraid that the United States will go to war against North Korea. Former President Obama had even announced that North Korea was the biggest threat to the security of the United States. But now the nuclear threat from North Korea has been averted. People of the United States can sleep peacefully tonight,’ announced US President Donald Trump. After his return to the United States, President Trump claimed that the discussion with the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in Singapore was successful.
‘American Institute of Taiwan’ inaugurated in capital of Taiwan. Although a US cultural centre, it is claimed to be de-facto US embassy
Taipei: The ‘American Institute of Taiwan’ (ATI) was inaugurated in the capital city of Taipei, in the presence of the Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and senior United States officials. Although it is claimed to be a US cultural centre, it is clear that it is in fact the US embassy. China reacted to this and the Chinese foreign ministry has demanded that the United States should correct its mistake. China claims that Taiwan is its integral part and hence, threatens that no other country should establish political, trade or military cooperation with Taiwan.
“No support to ‘BRI’ which challenges India’s sovereignty” – strong Indian stance at ‘SCO’ meet by PM Modi
Qingdao: The Indian Prime Minister warned, ‘No project should challenge the sovereignty and integrity of any country,’ and took a strong stance against the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ (BRI) programme. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which is a part of the BRI programme passes through the Pakistan occupied Kashmir, which India has claimed to be its territory. India, therefore, decided not to support the Chinese programme in the the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.