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Taiwan: Political, historical, and UK connections

Taiwan is an island in the South China Sea, around 100 miles off the coast of China, on which nearly 24 million people live. The Communist-controlled People’s Republic of China, based on mainland China, considers Taiwan a breakaway province that must return to the mainland’s control. According to Taiwan’s constitution its official name is the Republic of China. This is a remnant of a political entity formed on the Chinese mainland more than 100 years ago. The Republic of China does not officially recognise the People’s Republic, and its constitution still asserts sovereignty over mainland China. The People’s Republic of China’s ‘One China’ principle asserts that Taiwan is an integral part of China, and as part of this, that other countries must only maintain official diplomatic rela
Punjab’s choice of Maryam Nawaz as chief minister is a “milestone” in Pakistani politics: US
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Punjab’s choice of Maryam Nawaz as chief minister is a “milestone” in Pakistani politics: US

The selection of Maryam Nawaz as the chief minister of the Punjab province is a milestone in Pakistani politics, the US has said, asserting that it looks forward to cooperating with Islamabad on integrating women more fully into the country's political life.Maryam, the 50-year-old daughter of three-time former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, took oath as the first-ever woman chief minister of Pakistan's most populous and politically crucial Punjab province last week. Her (Maryam Nawaz Sharif) selection as chief minister is a milestone in Pakistani politics, State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller told reporters at his daily news conference on Monday.Maryam is considered the political heir to 74-year-old Nawaz Sharif, the three-time former prime minister.We look forward to cooperating...
Thailand’s “double standards” and Thaksin’s parole are causing ire among political parties.
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Thailand’s “double standards” and Thaksin’s parole are causing ire among political parties.

Critics are concerned that conflict could ensue if Thaksin remains ‘above the law’ amid mounting speculation of his return to politicsLast year’s poll appears to show Thailand is moving away from old-style populism associated with Thaksin and his family The parole of ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is proving as divisive as his time in power, with critics on the left and right of Thai politics saying justice has not been served by the release of a man who has turned the wheels of the kingdom’s chaotic politics more than any other figure over the last 20 years.The 74-year-old’s circuitous journey from a political star and champion of the poor to a fugitive nemesis of the elite – and now an elderly returnee to Thailand allowed to live at home – was captured in an Instagram post by h
The military continues to control Pakistani politics as the country’s election approaches.
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The military continues to control Pakistani politics as the country’s election approaches.

In the lead-up to upcoming general elections in Pakistan, the country’s Human Rights Commission has voiced significant concerns about “pre-poll rigging” and the “blatant manipulation” of the electoral process. The Feb. 8 elections are apparently unlikely to be conducted in a fair and free manner. Pakistan has a history of electoral engineering, with the military often playing a pivotal role as a “kingmaker.” This consistent military interference in Pakistani politics explains current fears about the integrity of the democratic process in the upcoming elections and beyond. The military’s holdFor more than three decades in Pakistan’s 76-year history as an independent nation, the powerful military establishment has wielded significant influence. Even during periods when the milit
India-Maldives dispute: “We can’t guarantee every country will support us; politics is politics,” says Jaishankar
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India-Maldives dispute: “We can’t guarantee every country will support us; politics is politics,” says Jaishankar

Amid the ongoing diplomatic row with the Maldives, Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar recently said that “politics is politics” and that “it can’t be guaranteed that every country will support or agree with India every time” even as he highlighted India’s continuous efforts to build global connections. “But, seriously, as a solution, what we have been trying to do in the last 10 years, with a lot of success, is to build a very strong connect, so that, though the politics may go up and down, the people of the country, the society, generally have good feelings towards India and understand the importance of having good relations with India,” the minister said. Jaishankar was speaking at a conference in Nagpur on Saturday, a day before the Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu set
PM Tobgay’s Return And The Revitalization Of India-bhutan Relations
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PM Tobgay’s Return And The Revitalization Of India-bhutan Relations

In a recent parliamentary election, Bhutanese voters have chosen the People's Democratic Party (PDP) to lead the nation, securing 30 of the 47 National Assembly seats. Led by former Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, the PDP's victory marks a return to power after a five-year stint in opposition. Tobgay's notable conservation advocacy, coupled with Bhutan's commitment to a democratic journey, is evident as voters undertook arduous Himalayan journeys for a two-stage electoral process. This political shift reflects Bhutan's evolving democracy, underscored by strict regulations addressing social media's influence, making Tobgay's return a testament to experienced leadership's enduring appeal. PM Tobgay's Vision for Economic Recovery and Strong Bhutan-India Ties Tshering Tobgay, Bhutan's r...
<strong>MDP’s Resounding Victory: Charting New Courses Amid Diplomatic Strains in Maldives Politics</strong>
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MDP’s Resounding Victory: Charting New Courses Amid Diplomatic Strains in Maldives Politics

In a setback for Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), secured a decisive victory in the Mayoral election in the capital, Male. The electoral landscape further tilted as Azim secured an impressive lead with 5,303 votes after counting 41 ballot boxes, while Aishath Azima Shakoor, Muizzu's People's National Congress (PNC) candidate, garnered 3,301 votes, according to a report from the Maldives' Sun Online news portal.[1] Aftermath of this dramatic poll, one cannot ignore the glaring impact of the ill-fated statements made by three deputy ministers of the Muizzu government against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.[2] These derogatory remarks, which stirred diplomatic tensions and sparked a heated exchange in Maldives, impacting electoral fortunes of M...
Sheikh Hasina’s Fifth Term And The Transformative India-bangladesh Partnership
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Sheikh Hasina’s Fifth Term And The Transformative India-bangladesh Partnership

Bangladesh's Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, has etched her name in history by securing a fifth term in office after her Awami League swept the recent national elections. At the age of 76, Hasina once again reaffirmed her status as the world's longest-serving female head of government. She clinched her fifth term in power with a decisive victory in Sunday's general election, marking a remarkable journey that includes four consecutive terms. With 223 seats secured out of 299, her Awami League party achieved a comfortable majority, cementing her dominance in the country's political sphere. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wasted no time in congratulating his Bangladeshi counterpart on this landmark victory, celebrating both her personal achievement and the successful conduct of the electi...
<strong>China may be liking Hamas-Israel conflict for geopolitical gains</strong>
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China may be liking Hamas-Israel conflict for geopolitical gains

As the international community struggles to put an end to the ongoing Hamas-Israel war amid chaotic and complex global political moves, China’s role in the entire conflict is becoming clearer as it deepens. While China’s stand has been ambiguous, some emerging evidence suggest Beijing may desire the Gaza conflict continues for geopolitical reasons. China offered to work on a plan to end the Hamas-Israel conflict even as it vetoed the resolution for UN action on the Gaza conflict.[1][2] “China is looking to play a diplomatic role by calling for calm and de-escalation and – at the same time – showing strong support for Palestine,” said Sanam Vakil, Middle East expert at London-based Chatham House. “This should be seen sort of opportunistically.”[3] Beijing appears to have tried to inc
India-russia Relations: Historic Ties, Navigating Challenges, And Future Collaborations
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India-russia Relations: Historic Ties, Navigating Challenges, And Future Collaborations

India’s External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar initiated a five-day visit to the Russian Federation on December 25th, 2023. On December 27, Dr. Jaishankar held separate meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. His visit falls within the framework of the frequent high-level exchanges between the two nations, covering the full spectrum of the two countries' bilateral relations, with a special focus on key areas like trade, energy, defence, and connectivity. The visit, as noted by the Ministry of External Affairs, offered a valuable platform to review ongoing collaborations across various domains, ranging from trade and economics to energy and defence. Highlighting the "Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership" that binds India and Russia