South Asia has for long witnessed a see-saw diplomatic battle between India and China, but Covid is adding fresh dimensions to this engagement.
Reactions from UAE royal princess, Kuwait government and others have made Delhi sit up and take note of anti-Muslim hate speech by Indian nationals.
China considers the Western world as the big bad wolf and its own poor citizens as victims. But Beijing's aggressive defence of the coronavirus pandemic is failing.
As US and China trade barbs, battle-lines are being drawn. Traditional US allies like Australia and Japan have taken a tone Beijing won’t appreciate.
The unwritten code in the MEA over several decades has been to be wary of preachers. With Modi’s revamped visa policy, it seems, the code was compromised.
Donald Trump, who faces a re-election in eight months, has considerably piped down from two weeks ago when he described Covid-19 as the ‘China virus’.
As the coronavirus claimed hundreds of lives in Europe and made its way to the US, Modi government sought to redefine the Latin phrase, ‘nemo resideo’.
Jaishankar understands that crises are the bedrock of opportunities. So before EU leaders held a teleconference on COVID-19, India activated hot lines across South Asia.
As US-Taliban signed a pact in Doha, India mixed up fact with fiction by claiming Afghanistan to be a "contiguous" neighbour.
Trump realises that it is only India, despite its weakening economy, which can even think of taking on the dragon next door.