US Vice President Mike Pence, in a visit to Iceland, warned about his concern on Russia’s aggression in the Arctic and China’s increasing activities in the region. Pence is one of several senior US officials who frames US engagement in the Arctic targeting at Russia and China.
Does US-China rivalry represent a Cold War? The hallmark of the US-Soviet Cold War was the non-warring state of political tension between the two superpowers. However, the main characteristic of the China-US rivalry is their economic competition.
The Sino-Indian relations have been constrained by the asymmetry between their threat perceptions: India tends to be deeply apprehensive of threats from China, while China appears comparatively unconcerned about threats from India.
As per the South Korean health department, from March 1st, Chinese inbound travelers will no longer be obligated to undergo nucleic acid testing upon entry. However, presenting a negative nucleic acid test report before boarding will still be required until March 10th.
Alice Wells, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia at the US Department of State, recently criticised China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) for lacking transparency and being economically unsustainable.