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Strategic Digest Vol 3 No. 23, 16 December 2021

16 December 2021

Summary

At the same time, the coalition, on the whole, in a massive effort to transition to renewable energy wants to spend €50 billion annually to accelerate the transition to green energy and modernise the outdated public infrastructure. [...] In the Indo-Pacific region, the Defence Assessment finds the most significant conflict risks – the points where strategic competition is most acute – are the Taiwan Strait, the South and East China Seas, the Korean Peninsula, and space/cyberspace. [...] The remarkably explicit warning in the Defence Assessment 2021 included a detailed discussion of China’s military modernisation and emphasised the importance of New Zealand’s deep security relationships with the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia and other countries in the region. [...] The report also highlights the re-emergence of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (“the Quad”) consisting of Australia, India, Japan and the United States as a particularly significant and visible example of states seeking collective action to reinforce the international system. [...] Relations between Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been on the mend since MBS embraced the Emir of Qatar at the signing of a momentous declaration in the Saudi city of AlUla on 5th of January 2021, which formally ended the dispute between the feuding sides.

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