International Relations : News and Updates

  • Why India Needs to Balance Relations with China, Russia and US?
    Synopsis: India must actively engage with all the three big powers (US, Russia, China). It is because there is no guarantee that today’s friends will not confront and today’s enemy will not cooperate in the future. This is based on the principle that change is the only permanent thing in foreign ...
  • Freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) in Indian waters
    Synopsis: The U.S. Navy’s FONOP in India’s EEZ highlights the difference in the Indian and American perception on international maritime law (UNCLOS). Background Recently, the USS John Paul Jones carried out freedom of navigation operations (FONOP) in the west of the Lakshadweep Islands. It lies in India’s exclusive economic zone. It was done ...
  • Violation of India’s Exclusive Economic Zone by US Navy
    Synopsis –  Recently, the US Navy challenged India’s maritime rights in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) near Lakshadweep Islands. It called India’s claim excessive and its actions as per the freedom of navigation. Introduction Recently, a move by the US navy came as a surprise to India. It is a surprise, especially ...
  • Increasing Importance of Indo-Pacific for EU
    Synopsis: Europe is ready for a new Indo-Pacific relationship. The new EU and Indo-Pacific relationship are mutually beneficial. Further, the EU can aid the Indo-Pacific region to become globally competitive. Introduction: When the global economy crashed in 2020, economies such as Vietnam and China grew. A number of Asia’s open societies showed ...
  • What is “global minimum corporate income tax”?
    What is the News? The US Treasury Secretary has urged the world’s 20 advanced nations to move in the direction of adopting a Global minimum corporate income tax. What is the Global minimum corporate income tax? It is a type of corporate tax. Under this, If a company moves some of its operations ...
  • “Freedom of Navigation operation”(FONOP) and the “Exclusive Economic Zone”
    What is the News? The US Seventh Fleet has announced that one of its warships, USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) has carried out a Freedom of Navigation operation(FONOP). The FONOP operation carried out approximately 130 nautical miles west of Lakshadweep Islands. This is inside India’s exclusive economic zone. But the ...
  • Chinese Threat to Hong Kong’ Democracy
    Synopsis:  The new electoral techniques represent the end of democracy in Hong Kong that was never truly democratic. Background  Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of China. Recently the Hong Kong’s Chief Executive and members of its legislature were chosen in an undemocratic way. Adding to that, the Chinese government also ...
  • Appointment of Ambassadors – in US and India
    Synopsis: The US administration needs to make a choice between appointing career diplomats or big contributors for appointing the new ambassadors. In India as well, there is a practice of appointing diverse people as ambassadors. Background:  The US administration under Joe Biden will be appointing new ambassadors as per the spoil system. The ...
  • US President to Remove the Ban on “H-1B Visa”
    What is the News? In 2020 the US President imposed a ban on H-1B visa. The current US President decided to reverse the ban. So he allows a 2020 ban to expire on March 31st. About the 2020 Ban on H1-B skilled workers: In 2020, the previous US President signed an executive order ...
  • US “2020 Human Rights Report” flags curbs on Indian media
    What is the News? The US State Department released the “2020 Human Rights Report” also known as “2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices”. About 2020 Human Rights Report: Firstly, the Human Rights Report is an annual report.  Each year the US State Department submits it to the US Congress. Secondly, the report is ...