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Australia joining the Malabar exercises will strengthen the Quad

In a landmark decision, India has invited the Australian Navy to join the Malabar naval exercises 2020. India’s invitation comes on the heels of the Tokyo meeting of the foreign ministers of the Quadrilateral (Quad) grouping comprising of India, th....

India favours gradual evolution of the Quad

The 2nd ministerial meeting of the Quad group of countries hosted by Japan in Tokyo on 6th October 2020 was significant. The Foreign Ministers of India, Australia and the US Secretary of State flew specially to Tokyo for a face-to-face meeting, ignor....

Monthly Compilation of Views of VIF Expert Groups: September 2020

The month of September saw the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) hosting members of various Expert Groups via video conferencing. In spirit, the discussions’ were about legacy as they elaborated on the upcoming U.S elections, Prime Ministe....

Will RCEP Miss India?

Vietnam has taken over from Thailand as the Chair of ASEAN in 2020. Its theme at its opening summit in June is ‘Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN’1. Thailand is the country coordinator for India and will be followed by Singapore from 2021 ....

Has a Cold War Started between U.S. and China?

China-U.S. relations are deteriorating at a rapid pace and some scholars have wondered whether we are witnessing the beginnings of Cold War 2 between the two biggest economies? On 21st July 2020, the U.S. State Department ordered that Chinese C....

Perceptions, Policies and Narrative about China over COVID-19 from the Indo-Pacific

As the initial shock from the COVID-19 pandemic recedes in the past few weeks, there has been a rising criticism of China from nearly all over the world. This piece would survey China’s policies and popular narratives from the Indo-Pacific that hav....

Fallout of COVID-19: Japanese and Koreans to shift base from China to India

Introduction
The outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan has dramatically altered the social, political and economic lives of millions in as many as 205 countries. No one can even hazard a guess the kind of life th....

COVID-19 International Developments: Daily Scan, April 23, 2020

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US DOD Starts Tiered COVID-19 Testing Process to Ensure Safety
Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten and Deputy Defence Secretary David L. Norquist described the four-tiered system and all other aspects of DOD's support to ci....

COVID-19 aftermath: An agenda for QUAD

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the entire world. Once the world has overcome the pandemic, a lot of rethinking is likely to occur in global politics. Countries had always emphasised cooperation in their foreign policies. The present crisis has....

COVID-19 International Developments: Daily Scan, March 26, 2020

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Pompeo says CCP prevented cooperation with United States
In a press briefing on March 25, Pompeo mentioned that the US had tried to work with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) throughout by sending US scientists and ....

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