Thursday, 26 May, 2022

Topic: Asia

Asia poses a challenge to Elon Musk’s idea of ‘free speech’ on Twitter

Asia, home to more than half the world’s population, is Twitter’s biggest growth opportunity and arguably a far thornier challenge.

US doubles down on India, Pakistan as Ukraine war fault lines emerge. But Asia won’t take it

Ukraine crisis injected urgency for US to cultivate new Asian partners. But the likelihood of India continuing trade with Russia is galling.

Investors search for safe havens as Omicron takes hold in Asia

Many remain positive, however, about Asia’s ability to weather the storm as its best-performing nations kept the number of Covid deaths at levels far lower than countries elsewhere.

About 63 per cent of Asia Pacific’s GDP is at risk from nature loss. Here’s how to fix it

The food, land and ocean use system contributes 40 per cent to regional GDP and 60 per cent to employment, significantly more than the global average.

Why India should forget Afghanistan, Pakistan, ‘Terroristan’ & shift strategic gaze to the seas

India shouldn’t be paranoid about a weakened Pakistan creating a new ‘Terroristan’. This is the best chance to focus on maritime power and opportunity rather than overland threats.

China’s invasion of Taiwan will be a disaster for Asia. India must draw a red line

India’s voice alone is not going to change Xi Jinping’s mind on Taiwan, but it can complicate his calculations.

The 2020s will decide if India will be a gazelle or a hippo — large, slow, and aggressive

In ‘Decisive Decade’, Kiran Karnik writes that this was going to be ‘India’s century’, but it all started going downhill from 2012.

Covid-19 pandemic: Asia-Pacific region sees new wave, many outbreaks in Australia’s Victoria

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe

Modi’s India plans to be ‘vishwaguru’ but forgets soft power is useless without hard muscle

In ‘India and Asian Geopolitics’, Shivshankar Menon writes that being a vishwaguru plays well with Modi’s Hindu constituency but is hardly a realistic goal when India is a net importer of knowledge.

Tigers in bottles made the wild animal worth more dead than alive

As tigers disappear from the wild, more and more turn up in farms across Asia.

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US President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on 16 August 2021. Biden defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan | Samuel Corum | Bloomberg

US blames failure to shut Pakistan border for Afghan defeat. India, please take note

The US could have used its coercive resources to compel Pakistan to shut down the Taliban’s transborder sanctuaries. It chose not to—costing its victory.
Vendors at a store selling edible oils at Begum Bazaar in Hyderabad, India| Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Modi govt to allow duty-free import of soybean, sunflower oil, cool surging prices

The government will permit purchases of 2 million tons each of the two vegetable oils per annum this fiscal year and the next, according to a notification by the finance ministry.


Naval helicopters | Representational image |

What’s Combined Military Forces-Bahrain? US-backed coalition India joined on Quad sidelines

India is 35th member of the maritime counterterrorism partnership that also includes Pakistan, Australia, Bahrain, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany and Greece, among others.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.