Some observers have speculated that Baku is competing with Moscow, but this interpretation either ignores what President Aliyev told Russian media during his trip to Moscow the day before the start of his host’s ongoing special military operation in Ukraine, or those who share this view simply aren’t aware of it.
Ultimately, it was Iran and not Pakistan that ended up being the global pivot state after the latter abandoned this role upon the successful US-orchestrated regime change against former Prime Minister Khan, thus ceding it entirely to the neighboring Islamic Republic that’s now closely cooperating with Islamabad’s Indian rivals to create a third pole of influence with Russia.
India hosted a special Foreign Ministers meeting with its ASEAN partners last week to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their dialogue relations.
South Asia is the most populous region of the world and almost one fifth of the world population bodes in this region.
The success of this project will help the world make progress in moving past the present bi-multipolar intermediary phase of the global systemic transition and correspondingly create more opportunities for other countries to strengthen their strategic autonomy in the New Cold War.
Many have wondered why the US has taken to unilaterally imposing such destabilizing selective standards under the hypocritical pretext of supporting its subjectively defined “rules-based order” when none other than America itself was the architect of the prior order within which it successfully became the global hegemon and now seeks to replace.
Whenever there is a conflict between two major powers, the rest of the world is supposed to adopt a clear stance.
A Baloch suicide bombing targeting Chinese workers in Karachi comes a mere month after the US-backed ousting of PM Imran Khan. Pakistan is a critical BRI hub in Beijing's vast Eurasian connectivity project, and it looks like CPEC is the ultimate target of this disruption.