India and Japan broke through their deadlock about nuclear co-operation, as Japanese PM Shinzo Abe visited India with promises of first high-speed train, defense pacts that will enable Japan to sell weapons to India, a rare event given Japan’s reluctance and India’s notorious policy paralysis. These deals were announced following a meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, both of whom know each other personally for over a decade due to previous business dealings, and share a strong rapport. Politically they are both center right nationalist leaders with a strong economic boost and security focus.
I had an extremely busy week, with seminars and presentations…live tweeting the launch of a new Political Economy research center, on behalf of @NottsPolitics. There were some fascinating data sets, to think of how much this small Island Kingdom still punches above its weight…when it comes to European and global economy.
In light of that, I was covering the visit of President Xi to UK, quite significant a timing. I wrote a two part analysis on what this means for Sino-UK future cooperation, and what it might mean for geo-politics and economics.
It is my hypothesis, that this potentially is one of the most significant re-alignment in global politics, with the UK simultaneously preparing for the loss of common EU market incase Britain leaves EU, and signalling to US and China and EU that Britain will follow Germany for a mercantile, amoral foreign policy.
Part 1 – Britain Leans Towards China
I was also, personally wondering how many guards it took to keep the senile Prince Philip away from the Chinese President, but that’s for everyone to speculate.
Did I miss something?