By Vikas Pandey Published 2 days ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Russia-Ukraine war Leaders of the Quad nations are meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday in what can be described as one of the most important meetings in recent years that will affect the geopolitics and security of the Indo-Pacific region. The group - composed of Japan, the US, Australia and India - seems to be emerging from the shadows of the Covid-19 pandemic and, to some degree, from Russia's invasion of Ukraine as well. The top leaders are gathering for the fourth time - they have already met once in Washington last September and twice virtually - in less than two years. That underscores the importance of the Quad, which was largely just a concept until 2017. That year, then-US President Donald Trump revived the group in a bid to take on China in its own backyard. But … [Read more...] about Quad: The China factor at the heart of the summit
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By Zubaidah Abdul Jalil & Tessa Wong Published 1 day ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Russia-Ukraine war The world is "navigating a dark hour in our shared history" with Russia's invasion of Ukraine, US President Joe Biden told key Asian allies. The war has now become a "global issue" underscoring the importance of defending international order, he said. Japanese PM Fumio Kishida echoed his comments, saying that a similar invasion should not happen in Asia. Mr Biden was meeting the leaders of Japan, Australia and India in Tokyo in his first visit to Asia as president. The four countries known collectively as the Quad discussed security and economic concerns including China's growing influence in the region - and differences over the Russian invasion. Mr Biden's comments came a day after he warned China that it was "flirting … [Read more...] about Ukraine war: World faces ‘dark hour’, Biden tells Quad summit
Soutik Biswas Published 25 March Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Russia-Ukraine war On Monday, US President Joe Biden told a meeting of business leaders in Washington that among the so-called Quad group of nations, India was being "somewhat shaky" in its response to Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine. The US, Japan and Australia - the three other members of this coalition formed to counter China's influence - have been "extremely strong in terms of dealing with Putin's aggression", he said. India, however, has doggedly pursued a non-aligned foreign policy since independence, where, according to the first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, "we will stay away from the big blocs…to be friendly to all countries…not join any alliance." But will the war in Ukraine now put India's fabled neutrality under strain? 'Uncharted territory' … [Read more...] about Ukraine: India ‘feeling the heat’ over neutrality
Published 18 May Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Russia-Ukraine war Sweden and Finland have formally applied to join the Western security alliance Nato. Their decision was prompted by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. It is being welcomed by most of the 30 existing countries in Nato. However, Turkey is opposing either country joining the pact, saying the two countries support anti-Turkish terrorists. Sweden confirms Nato hopes in historic shift What is Nato? Nato - the North Atlantic Treaty Organization - is a defensive military alliance. It was formed in 1949 by 12 countries, including the US, UK, Canada and France. Members agree to come to one another's aid if they come under armed attack. Finland will take it to 31 members. Nato's original aim was to counter Russian expansion in Europe after World War Two. Following … [Read more...] about Ukraine conflict: What is Nato and how can Finland and Sweden join?
By Shruti Menon Published 13 May Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Russia-Ukraine war India's long-standing ties to Russia have come under the spotlight - especially in the defence sector - following the invasion of Ukraine. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said during a visit to the US in April that India would like to be a "good friend" to Western countries. But she added that India didn't want to be weakened, and needed to ensure its security - taken to mean its long-standing reliance on Russian military equipment - would continue. How dependent is India on Russian arms? India is one of the world's largest buyers of weapons, and had a close defence relationship with the former Soviet Union for many years. India's rivalry with Pakistan, and increasingly with China, means Russia has remained a key partner for Delhi, even after the … [Read more...] about Ukraine crisis: Could India cut its defence ties with Russia?