1) Australia Snubs Pakistan on Uranium Deal
Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith has rejected a uranium export exemption for Pakistan. Pakistan raised some loud queries asking why Australia should not offer it uranium as it had done with India. “India brought itself under the governance of the international nuclear regulators, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Nuclear Suppliers Group,” Smith said. “That has not occurred with Pakistan. There has never been a suggestion of (nuclear) proliferation from India,” he said. “Regrettably, over preceding years, there have been serious concerns about proliferation from Pakistan,” he said. Pakistan argued that Australia should export uranium to Islamabad as New Delhi, too, has not signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Smith said the uranium export decision reflected India’s global standing, and predicted it would become “one of the world’s three great powers”, along with the US and China.
2) Donald Trump wants India to join G7 group
US President Donald Trump has suggested expansion of the Group of Seven, saying G7 is a “very outdated group” and that India, Australia, South Korea and Russia be included and the grouping called G10 or G11.
Trump also said he is postponing the next meeting of the G7, which the US is hosting, to September or November. He said he had “roughly” discussed the idea with the leaders of the four countries he would like to add to G7.
India did not react to Trump’s comments till press time on Sunday. G7 is a grouping of some of the world’s largest economies – the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan.
3) US can partner with India against China’s military advances: Pompeo
US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Sunday said that the United States can partner with several countries across the globe, including India, in view of the threat posed by Chinese military capabilities.
“With respect to the Chinese Communist Party’s military advances, they are real. General Secretary Xi is intent on building out his military capabilities. Our Department of Defense is doing everything it can to make sure it understands this threat. And I am confident that under President Trump our Department of Defense, our military, our national security establishment will keep us in a position where we can protect the American people, and indeed we can be good partners with our allies from India, from Australia, from South Korea, from Japan, from Brazil, from Europe, all around the world,” Pompeo told Fox News.
“We can be good partners alongside them and ensure that the next century remains a Western one modelled on the freedoms that we have here in the United States,” he added.