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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.
Ministry of External affairs

New Delhi finally gets Indo-Pacific wing but smaller regional powers are busy forum shopping

Indian foreign policy is far from being realist and has failed to devise methods to secure strategic alliances with smaller regional powers.
Ram Nath Kovind

With China flexing muscles in Indo-Pacific region, India & Vietnam plan defence & oil tie-up

President Ram Nath Kovind is on a visit to Vietnam, where the two countries reaffirmed the importance of freedom of navigation & unimpeded economic activities in the South China Sea.
Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, New Zealands Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, US Vice President Mike Pence, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith at the 13th East Asia summit plenary session | Ore Huiying/Getty Images

Shared concern about China’s rise helped the Quad come together

Many had written off the idea of building an Asia-Pacific coalition between Australia, India, Japan and the U.S. - a group informally known as the Quad.

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Indian lawsuits allege former Wirecard COO played key role in deals later mired in disputes

The suits allege Marsalek took part in negotiations leading to the acquisition of Hermes by a Mauritius-based private equity fund in 2015.

Defence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets soldiers who were injured in Galwan Valley clash, during his visit to Ladakh, in Leh on 3 July 2020 | ANI

Modi dares China, tells Indian Army ‘our enemies have seen your fire and fury’

China sees Modi’s visit as an attempt to ‘escalate’ the situation. Experts say the visit was a powerful message to China to not escalate the matter.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

India must believe threat of war is real, even if Chinese build-up is coercive diplomacy

India invented coercive diplomacy with Op Parakram. But unlike Pakistan back then, it must never blink, be prepared for war, and wear out the Chinese.