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China challenge, India’s importance — 10 highlights of Japan PM Kishida’s speech at Johns Hopkins

PM Fumio Kishida also spoke of the 'grave danger' international community faces with Russia-Ukraine war & UN Security Council reform in his speech at the US university Friday.

Era of Russian fossil fuels over in Europe, need to isolate Moscow, says EU Ambassador to India

EU envoy to India Ugo Astuto in interview with ThePrint endorsed India's Voice of Global South Summit and said EU-India FTA has 'very strong mandate from all EU member states'.

Pakistan consulate in China cites ‘freedom’ of Uyghurs as mutual interest, ministry claims hacking

Pakistan foreign ministry claims Twitter handle of Consulate General in Chengdu hacked, after post saying Islamabad & Beijing will work closely on matters such as 'rights & freedom' of Uyghurs.

Taliban wants to have its man in Delhi & controversial spokesman Balkhi could be in the running

Taliban's request to station representative poses complex diplomatic challenge as India seeks to rebuild its influence in Afghanistan.

What shunting ‘wolf warrior’ Zhao out of foreign ministry could mean for Chinese diplomacy

Known for combative approach, foreign ministry spokesperson was moved to Dept of Boundary & Ocean Affairs. Two professors assert China will not make major shift in its policies.

Russia, China ready for travel resumption ‘as soon as possible’ to deepen ties, says report

The two countries signed a 'no limits' strategic partnership in February 2022, informed by shared distrust of the West, a few days before Russia sent its armed forces into Ukraine.

India invites 120 nations to G20 plus summit to discuss debt traps & other concerns

India will hold 'Voice of Global South' summit on 12 & 13 January. Inputs from developing nations will be channelised into larger discourse, says foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra.

India to allow ‘asthi visarjan’ in Ganga for 426 Pakistani Hindus? Activists welcome ‘decision’

Modi govt will reportedly consider granting short visas to allow immersion of ashes of Pakistani Hindus in the Ganga. External Affairs Ministry has neither confirmed nor denied it.

‘Similar or higher’ goods exports likely for India in FY 2023-24: Director General of Foreign Trade

In exclusive interview to ThePrint, DGFT Santosh Kumar Sarangi talked about India's free-trade agreements with UAE & Australia, new Foreign Trade Policy & China opening up its economy.

Why Maoist leader Prachanda’s return as Nepal PM is unlikely to affect energy ties with India

New government will continue to ‘play both sides’ when it comes to tussle between India & Beijing in securing influence, they say, adds ex-PM K.P. Sharma Oli is in driver's seat.

On Camera

YourTurn

File photo of PM Narendra Modi | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Modi’s victories have nailed the canard on 2002 riots. BBC should...

'India: The Modi Question' documentary raises more questions than it answers. Its content, intent and timing suggests BBC is rushing on a path where angels would fear to tread.
File photo of Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani at India Ideas Summit in New Delhi | ANI

Hindenburg effect? Adani stocks plunge after controversial report’s release

While Adani Transmission’s stocks were worst hit, none of the group's seven listed companies escaped impact, with their stock prices falling between 10% & 27%.

Defence

Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Why Iran’s drone programme is a ‘triumph’ – Harsh sanctions, western...

Tehran's drone programme can be traced back to 1980s. Iranian drones are cheap, have more range & flight endurance, besides stealth capabilities & counter GPS jamming systems.

Shehbaz Sharif is talking peace. India must keep mum, leave Pak...

Anything that gives breathing space and strategic relevance back to Pakistan is negative for India. It’s worse for Pakistan.