UN to allow deep sea mining: Issues and concerns

GS Paper 2/3 Syllabus: International Relations/Environment, Conservation   Source: IE Context: The International Seabed Authority (ISA) has decided that it will start taking permit applications from companies that want to mine the ocean floor. Image Credits: ISA 2021 Background:.     Concerns: At the 28th Session of the ISA (Kingston, Jamaica), several countries insisted that …

Japan’s New Plan for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)

GS Paper 2   Syllabus: International Relations  Source: TH  Context: During his visit to India, the Japanese PM unveiled Japan’s New Plan for a FOIP and exchanged views about deepening the Japan-India Special Strategic and Global Partnership.   Japan’s New Plan for the FOIP: It lays stress on the need to uphold the rules-based order …