India is pushing back against an attempt by Beijing to make it publicly re-affirm a “one-China” policy just ahead of the SCO summit.
Both countries are setting the tone for the June 9-10 SCO meeting in Qingdao with effusive statements.
The decision to send back maritime patrol helicopters is simply the latest effort by President Abdulla Yameen to roll back India’s presence in the Maldives.
The ceasefire along the Line-of-Control and international border is eminently sensible, but hopes for serious talks are likely to be dashed.
The two sides have agreed to ramp up defence ties, and the Indian Navy is likely to get access to the port at Sabang island.
By stating its intention to do business with Iran, India believes it is asserting its strategic autonomy.
According to a story in The New York Times, a group of researchers have uncovered evidence of a long-range rocket programme in Iran.
By landing an H-6K strategic bomber on Woody Island, China is sending both military and political signals.