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North, South Korea Agree to Reopen Communication Channels
July 27, 2021

North, South Korea Agree to Reopen Communication Channels

By Mitch Shin
With only eight months left in President Moon’s term, the two Koreas surprisingly agreed to restore channels and improve ties.

During Latest Exchange, China Presents US With 2 Lists of Grievances
July 26, 2021

During Latest Exchange, China Presents US With 2 Lists of Grievances

By Shannon Tiezzi
Based on the official read-outs from both sides, it seems Wendy Sherman’s trip to China didn’t go much beyond repeating lengthy lists of concern.
The Maldives’ ‘India Out’ Campaign
July 26, 2021

The Maldives’ ‘India Out’ Campaign

By Balachander Palanisamy
The Maldives has begun to realize a mutually beneficial relationship with India, and the Solih government means to maintain it despite a growing rhetoric stirring anti-India sentiments.

Will US Concerns Over India’s Democracy Dampen the Mood During Blinken’s Visit?
July 26, 2021

Will US Concerns Over India’s Democracy Dampen the Mood During Blinken’s Visit?

By Sudha Ramachandran
Cooperation in Afghanistan, the Indo-Pacific and countering COVID-19 are on the agenda of the bilateral talks.

Cooling Off China-US Technological Competition: A Blueprint in Shared Purpose
July 23, 2021

Cooling Off China-US Technological Competition: A Blueprint in Shared Purpose

By Kangkyu Lee
Shared leadership on technological matters is crucial and cooler heads must prevail.

US Deputy Secretary of State to Visit China After All
July 23, 2021

US Deputy Secretary of State to Visit China After All

By Shannon Tiezzi
With Sherman already in the region, the U.S. confirmed she is adding China to her itinerary.

Connecting the Vertices: Prospects for Australia-Taiwan Relations
July 22, 2021

Connecting the Vertices: Prospects for Australia-Taiwan Relations

By Jung-Ming Chang
As the U.S. tightens ties with both Taiwan and Australia, it's time for Canberra and Taipei to do the same.
Afghanistan-Pakistan Ties Fray Further Over Abduction of Afghan Ambassador’s Daughter
July 22, 2021

Afghanistan-Pakistan Ties Fray Further Over Abduction of Afghan Ambassador’s Daughter

By Umair Jamal
At a time when the two countries should be engaging more to resolve misunderstandings, they have recalled their ambassadors.

Ted Cruz Blocking State Department Nominees Over Nord Stream 2
July 22, 2021

Ted Cruz Blocking State Department Nominees Over Nord Stream 2

By Catherine Putz
With news of a deal on the pipeline, Cruz isn’t getting what he wants. Will he finally let important diplomatic posts be filled?

New Zealand’s Statement on China’s Cyberattacks: A Shot Across the Bow
July 22, 2021

New Zealand’s Statement on China’s Cyberattacks: A Shot Across the Bow

By Geoffrey Miller
A statement issued by the New Zealand government alleging Chinese state involvement in hacking goes much further than a simple, pro forma endorsement of the views of New Zealand’s allies.

Japanese Envoy Says Tokyo ‘Struggles Every Day’ With China
July 21, 2021

Japanese Envoy Says Tokyo ‘Struggles Every Day’ With China

By Rod McGuirk
The envoy sought to dispel the perception that Japan "is doing far better than Australia" in handling relations with China.
Myanmar’s Junta Tries – and Fails – to Appoint a New UN Ambassador
July 21, 2021

Myanmar’s Junta Tries – and Fails – to Appoint a New UN Ambassador

By Sebastian Strangio
But the military's takeover has trapped foreign governments between dueling moral and diplomatic imperatives.

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