Chad political situation; Australia's India travel ban; South China Sea conflict

In today's episode, we revisit the political situation in Chad after the country’s military rulers named a new government following the demise of President Idriss Deby, look into Australia’s travel ban on India as a group of critics label the move racist, and discuss tensions in the South China Sea.

Today on The Leaders' Brief -
  • Chad’s military rulers named a new government after the demise of President Idriss Deby even as opposition leaders rejected the appointments. The landlocked African country had fallen into a political crisis after the battlefield death of its President, with the situation threatening the stability of the entire north-central African region. Tensions have remained high in the country, with over 650 people arrested for protests against the transitional government. At least six people were killed last week during demonstrations in the capital N'Djamena. 

  • The Australian government has come under heavy criticism for its travel ban on India which came into effect this week. As per the federal order, any Australian arriving in the country from India faces fines and up to five years in prison. However, several critics such as Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi have labelled the government's response as extreme and racist. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has dismissed accusations of racism saying that there is no politics or ideology in a pandemic. 

  • President of the Philippines Rodrigo Dutrete said last week that he will not withdraw navy and coastguard boats patrolling the region as the country's sovereignty over the waters is "not negotiable". Mr Duterte said that while the Philippines is indebted to its good friend China for several things, including free COVID vaccines, his country's claims to the 200 mile EEZ is not bargainable. China's foreign ministry said that the Philippines should "stop actions complicating the situation and escalating disputes". 

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