By visiting the region at this time, US President Joe Biden has reversed his policy of ignoring its geographic, economic, and political importance while shifting his focus to China, which Washington considers its chief global rival. While Biden has declared he would not allow China and Russia to fill the vacuum left by the US pivot to the East, his attempt to regain relevance is too little, too late. There is no vacuum.
The meetings, which were held from Nov.22-23 in Abu Dhabi, saw Ministries, Executive Councils, and various federal and local entities gathering to discuss current challenges and develop a vision for the future of the UAE.
All viable concepts tend to extend their areas of application by bringing in the human society at large in their purview. Pareto’s thesis that ‘there are a significant few among the insignificant many’, Einstein’s precept that ‘imagination is more important than knowledge’, or Secretary of State Warren Christopher’s stipulation that ‘national security is inseparable from economic security’ are some of the lasting ideas — originating from a sociologist, a scientist and a politician in these cases — that remain relevant because of their connectivity with life itself.
It would seem that there is a surfeit of summits in south-east Asia. First there was the Association of South-East Nations (ASEAN) summit in Phnom Penh, the capital of Coambodia, followed by the G20 summit at Bali in Indonesia. On Friday, another summit opened at Bangkok of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.
The Supreme Court has, wittingly or unwittingly, boosted India’s hierarchical caste system by giving its nod to a constitutional amendment, which permits reservation in educational institutions and government service on economic grounds.