Even though the latest meeting between India and China failed to discuss Afghanistan, both countries will be increasingly involved, and China will need to look beyond the prism of Pakistan to ensure stability in the region.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government is looking shaky, to say the least. Although initially riding strong on his policy of rapprochement with China last Fall, the Abe administration has been hit by a number of scandals since December. Abe’s popularity has plummeted to 28% (July ‘07) from a high of 60% (Sept ‘06).
Government expenditure is being placed under increasing scrutiny and there have been voices claiming that Trident is an unnecessary expense. Julian Lewis counters this argument and advocates the necessity of maintaining and renewing Britain’s nuclear deterrent.
Britain has possessed its own nuclear weapons for just over fifty years and is laying plans to keep them going for the next half-century. But Trident replacement is not the best use of government money.