Given the intricate nature of regional complex dependence in the Indo-Pacific, new emerging power centers, increasing overlaps in economic and security policy considerations for states and revisionist scrambling by major and middle powers of the region have situated hedging as the most likely strategy in the Indo-Pacific by nation states.
The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh and resolutely opposes the activities of Indian leaders to the eastern section of the Sino-Indian border” and went on to warn that “China urges the Indian side to bear in mind the common interests of the two countries, respect the interests and concerns of the Chinese side, cherish the momentum of improvement in bilateral relations, and refrain from any action that may lead to the escalation of disputes or complicate the boundary question.”
The second summit between the U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jung Un is likely to be held in the middle of February 2019. The main objective of this meeting is North Korea’s denuclearisation, which still seems an unattainable goal.
India as a regional power in the Indo-Pacific and a global player on the world stage is on the ascendance. More significantly, its rise is welcomed around the globe with solitary exceptions in some of the neighbouring countries.
Over the last few years, the unprecedented level of economic growth in the Indo-Pacific region has led to a pro-active energy policy-making by the countries in this region. The consumption rate of natural resources continues to increase since the last decade, which even led to the sky-rocketing demands for energy resources.
The pace with which the Artificial Intelligence (AI) strategies have been unveiled by 22 prominent states in the last 15 months, in a way reveals the extent of growing dependence on the automated machines and their expanded roles.
There has been a consistent dissatisfaction in US regarding the human rights abuses in China in the past decades but the recent awareness of the existence of internment camps in Xinjiang province with 100,000 ethnic Muslim Uyghurs and worsening conditions of other minorities raised apprehensions in the US Congress.
Huawei comes under a long list of Chinese companies that had been subjected to restrictions from doing business in the United States. In all these cases, the Trump administration and the Obama administration before it, has cited ‘national security’ reasons to keep out the Chinese companies from the US domestic market.
Why are the members of the strategic community in India so infatuated with the idea of strategic autonomy? The answer is simple and the reason is historical and politico-psychological.
The Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA) signed into law by President Donald Trump on the last day of 2018 has brought front and centre the relevance of the Indo-Pacific region for the promotion and protection of US interest.