Catalonia’s independence vote on October 01, fraught with violence and a show of authoritarianism, brought into the limelight issues like self-determination and secession. Separatist movements, like the Catalan movement, attempting to seek out their universal right to self-determination and self-governance are prevalent all across the globe.
On October 27, the Catalonian autonomous region's parliament voted to pass the motion for "independence" and then declared the "establishment of an independent state". Beijing quickly stated that China's stance on this issue has been consistent and unequivocal.
The Spanish political crisis unfolds along the expected lines. Reaction followed action. Power struggle in Spain is taking a new twist.
The Gulf crisis that pits a United Arab Emirates-Saudi-led alliance against Qatar has emerged about more than a regional spat. It is part of a global battle whose outcome will determine the ability of small states to chart their own course in the shadow of a regional behemoth whether that is Saudi Arabia in the Middle East or China in Asia.