Tensions in the Taiwan Strait loom over the Quad summit in Tokyo today.Relations between Beijing and Taipei are at the lowest point in decades, with the Chinese military in recent months sending record numbers of warplanes near the self-governing democratic island.
“The Indo-Pacific strategy cooked up by the United States, in the name of ‘freedom and openness,’ is actually keen on forming cliques,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday as US President Joe Biden wrapped up his trip to Seoul and headed to Tokyo.”It claims that it intends to ‘change China’s surrounding environment,’ but its purpose is to contain China and make Asia-Pacific countries serve as ‘pawns’ of US hegemony.
“The Russian brutal and unprovoked war against Ukraine has triggered a humanitarian catastrophe. And the innocent civilians have been killed in the streets and millions of refugees are internally displaced, as well as exiled. And this is more than just a European issue, it’s a global issue,” he said.
Jaishankar said that “there will be no winners out of this conflict” in Ukraine. He also told his counterparts from Europe that he was “very glad that you are sitting here in India because it would remind you that there are equally pressing issues in other parts of the world.”
“Our study published in the journal Science estimates 3 million Covic deaths in India until mid-2021 using three different databases,” Chinmay Tumbe, an assistant professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad who co-authored the study, told Reuters.