In May 2020, China and India once again clashed at various points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) that marks the unofficial border between the two countries, primarily in the Ladakh region (on May 5 and 6) and at Naku La in the Sikkim region (on May 10). Although minimal violence occurred, the significance of the clashes should not be overlooked, as the situation has the potential to escalate into a large-scale military conflict.
In a surprising and perhaps dramatic move, Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad tendered his resignation to the country's King, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, on February 24. Over the past few days, analysts have scrambled to provide a reasonable explanation of the unfolding political crisis in the country and foresee its potential trajectories.
On 28 August 2020, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his resignation from his post as head of government and head of the ruling party in Japan, thus opening the way to competition for the leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which has been chaired by Abe since 2012. Given that the party has parliamentary majority, the winning candidate is not expected to face any parliamentary obstacles that would prevent him from assuming the post of prime minister. This means that the winning candidate would take over the remaining term of Abe’s government until the next parliamentary elections scheduled for October 2021.
The former Soviet Union posed the most prominent challenge to the West and the US in particular at the ideological and military levels, since World War II until the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989. However, from that moment on, strategic circles began to nominate China as the threat that would endanger the future of US power in the world. For more than a year, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has demanded that the alliance assume a greater political role in world affairs, and even help countries in the Indian and Pacific oceans compete with the rise of China.
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