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Why Modi govt’s FTA policy for India must turn to ‘natural allies’ US, UK and Europe now

Share of Indian export to Asian countries has dropped in the past decade despite forging major free trade alliances but it has gone up in traditional markets like US and Europe.

ASEAN-India virtual meeting reviews maritime cooperation, adopts 5-year plan to boost ties

The meeting took place at a time when China is expanding its military aggressiveness in the South China Sea and is locked in a bitter border row with India in eastern Ladakh.

Cities worldwide reimpose lockdowns, South Africa’s ‘hospitals of horrors’ & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
File photo of Piyush Goyal in the Rajya Sabha

India will review RCEP trade pact with ASEAN countries, Piyush Goyal tells Rajya Sabha

Commerce minister Piyush Goyal said the govt is going to review the free trade agreements between India and ASEAN countries signed by previous govts to address trade imbalances.
PM Narendra Modi in a group photo with other world leaders at the 3rd RCEP Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday | PTI

‘With or without India’: 15 member countries decide to sign RCEP on 13 March

Announcement made at ASEAN Economic Integration Forum in Bangkok. India decided against joining Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership nearly a month ago.
Illustration by Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint

RCEP pullout: How can Indian industry be made more competitive?

India opted out of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership over fears that its industry would be deluged with imports from other Asian markets.
PM Narendra Modi at the RCEP Summit in Bangkok, Thailand | ANI

India’s rejection of RCEP trade deal is a sign of weakness

India’s decision is a disappointing window into how much has changed in New Delhi since it became one of the initial movers of the RCEP process.
PM Narendra Modi in a group photo with other world leaders at the 3rd RCEP Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday | PTI

India stayed out of RCEP because it couldn’t risk another China-dominated ASEAN

India already has a trade deficit with 11 RCEP countries. Potential losses from foreign goods, who would find more space in Indian market, likely led to rejection.
Piyush Goyal

What’s RCEP & why India is moving with caution on the 16-nation free trade pact

As the 27th round of talks begins in Beijing today, a look at India's concerns that make it sceptical on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
Donald Trump speaking at an event in the White House | Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Donald Trump approves ‘retaliatory’ military strikes on Iran, then pulls back

ASEAN leaders to discuss ways of reducing economic uncertainty amid shadow of US-China trade war.

On Camera

A file photo of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. | Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

How France-Turkey’s probable but unlikely conflict has been shaped by Erdogan’s politics

In episode 604 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the recent France-Turkey conflict and the deeper implications of this row.
Rupee (Representational image) | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg File photo

Tax revenues decline 22% in April-September, at one-fourth of full year target

Tax revenues declined 22 per cent from the year-ago period to Rs 4.58 lakh crore and were at 28 per cent of the full year target of Rs 16.36 lakh crore in the April-September period.

Defence

Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.