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Negotiations Resume

President Trump and President Xi met on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit at Osaka and announced after their discussions, the resumption of negotiations between the two countries on their trade and technology conflict. The US stated it would not levy further tariffs, as threatened, on about US $ 300 billion worth of Chinese exports to the U.S. but would also not remove any of the additional tariffs already levied. The Chinese side played up the…

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DPR Korea (North Korea)

Chinese President Xi visits Pyongyang

Chinese President Xi Jinping made a State visit to North Korea on 20-21 June 2019, the first time in 14 years that the top leader of China was visiting that nation. Ostensibly, the visit was part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries, but it also marked a kind of rapproachment between the two. Xi was given all the protocol courtesies…

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Developments in Japan

G-20 Summit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hosted the 14th G-20 Summit at Osaka on 28-29 June 2019. Although the G-20 is a gathering of countries and organizations representing the majority of the world’s GDP and should have focused on the problems of the international trading system, particularly the WTO, it was symptomatic of the times we live in that the most important meeting at Osaka was the bilateral one between President Trump and President Xi. There was a feeling…

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Overview - July 2019

Japan:

• G-20 Summit
• Japan-USA-India (JAI) interaction at Osaka

China:

• Russia-India-China (RIC) Trilateral Summit Meeting at Osaka
• BRICS Leaders Meeting at Osaka
• Hong Kong
• Next India-China Informal Summit

DPR Korea (North Korea)

• Chinese President Xi visits Pyongyang
• President Trump meets…

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Developments in China

Russia-India-China (RIC) Trilateral Summit Meeting at Osaka

PM Modi of India, President Putin of Russia and President Xi of China held a trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Osaka G-20 Summit. While RIC have been meeting at the Foreign Minister level for several years now, a recent innovation has been the meeting of the leaders of the 3 countries on the sidelines of multilateral meetings. The fact that India was part of two very significant…

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The US - China Trade War

The US – China trade war continues without resolution, since the negotiations between the two sides broke down in acrimony in mid-May 2019. That it is not merely a trade war, but also a technology war spilling into the realm of 5G development was clear earlier too. Now it appears that the United States Government has begun to restrict the number of Chinese students being permitted to study at US Universities and in retaliation the PRC may be reducing the number of Chinese tourists visiting…

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Developments in Japan

US President Trump visits Japan

President Trump accompanied by the First Lady Melania Trump visited Japan 25-27 May 2019 as the first foreign leader to make a State Visit in the new Reiwa Era of just enthroned Emperor Naruhito. The visit symbolized the strong alliance between the two nations as well as Japan’s geo-strategic priorities. PM Abe and President Trump held discussions in which the Japanese leader described the alliance as…

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Overview - June 2019

China:

• China hosts Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations
• President Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia
• Protests in Hong Kong
• PM Modi and President Xi meet in Bishkek

Japan:

• US President Trump visits Japan
• PM Abe visits Iran

The US – China Trade War…

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Developments in China

China hosts Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations

In the backdrop of the US-China trade and technology conflict, with a view to negating the Huntington theory of a ‘clash of civilizations’, China hosted a Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in Beijing on 15 May 2019. Its objective was to show Asia and the world that different civilizations could live harmoniously together. The event was considered important enough for General Secretary Xi Jinping to…

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North Korea Launches Two Short-Range Missiles

North Korea tested 2 short-range missiles on 9 May 2019, one with a range of 420 kms and the second with a range of 270 kms from its Kusong missile test site. The launches were overseen by Kim Jong Un himself and can be interpreted as an attempt by North Korea to pressure and push forward the denuclearization dialogue.

May 21, 2019

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Developments in China

2nd Belt and Road Forum

China hosted the 2nd Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation in Beijing on 25-27 April, 2019. With 40 world leaders in attendance, including the UN Secretary General, and the IMF Managing Director, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech targeted the criticisms against the entire Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Takeaways from his speech include: (a) China will not devalue the Yuan (b) China will step up protection of IPR (c)…

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Overview - May 2019

China:

• 2nd Belt and Road Forum
• Listing of Masood Azhar at the UN
• US-China Trade War Shifts into Higher Gear
• Indian Navy Participates in the 70th Anniversary Celebrations of PLA Navy (PLAN) at Qingdao

Japan:

• New Reiwa Era Begins
• Navies of Japan, India, US and Philippines Demonstrate Joint Presence in the South China Sea

DPR Korea (North Korea):…

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Developments in Japan

New Reiwa Era Begins

With the abdication of Emperor Akihito on 30 April 2019 the Heisei Era came to an end. A new Reiwa Era (Auspicious Harmony) has begun in Japan which will finally lead to the Enthronement of Emperor Naruhito on 22 October 2019. A new Japanese Era starts the day after the old Emperor dies or in this case abdicates. The date of accession of Emperor Naruhito remains 1 May 2019.

Navies of Japan, India, US and Philippines…

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About the Author

Ambassador Gautam Bambawale

Former Ambassador of India to China and Distinguished Fellow, Ananta Centre

Ambassador (Retd) Gautam Bambawale was a member of the Indian Foreign Service from 1984 to 2018. He was India’s Ambassador to Bhutan, Pakistan and China.

Bambawale was stationed in Washington DC in 2004-07 during the Indo-US nuclear deal which transformed ties between the two countries. He has been India’s first Consul General in Guangzhou (China) 2007-09. He was Director of the Indian Cultural Centre, Berlin 1994-98.

Ambassador Bambawale worked in the Prime Minister’s Office 2002-04. At the Ministry of External Affairs he was Joint Secretary for East Asia from 2009-2014. Bambawale has dealt with China for 15 years of his 34 year diplomatic career. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and German.

Ambassador Bambawale is currently Distinguished Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Symbiosis International University, Pune and teaches a course on Diplomacy and International Governance at the Symbiosis School of International Studies. He has an M.Phil. in Economics from the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune.