Redoubling US diplomatic engagement with UN forums allows the US to continue promoting its values while responding to China’s more activist posture in UN deliberations.
President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India on 4-5 October 2018 for the 19th annual bilateral summit saw the signing of a major weapons system. This served relatively well Russia’s domestic and foreign policy objectives.
UK and US relations with Saudi Arabia were already under serious scrutiny – even before the disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist.
The abrupt cancellation of recently-announced Foreign Minister-level talks between India and Pakistan herald a rough phase for bilateral relations between the two neighbours.
India, by falling back to its traditional non-alignment policy, can serve as a mediator between an increasingly assertive China and the West.
Moscow and Beijing are on a new path to build a solid alternative to the American order in Eastern Europe and Asia. But, India can't afford to take sides.
For India, the complex Indo-Pacific project will not be an easy game to master. Yet, it is in for a good start.