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Health Silk Road — How China plans to make BRI essential in Covid-hit South Asia

China's strategic competitors, including India, are trying to contest its public health outreach. But as of now, countries in South Asia do not have an alternative to China.
US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister issued a joint press statement after their meeting at Hyderabad House. | Photo: Praveen Jain| ThePrint

Blue Dot Network — US answer to China’s Belt & Road Initiative that India’s ‘interested’ in

Blue Dot Network concept was officially launched in November 2019 at Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Thailand. It will be led by the US along with Japan & Australia.
PM Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump at Hyderabad House on 25 February 2020. Trump was on a two-day visit to India, his first ever to the country | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Counter to BRI? Why India-US’ thrust on Blue Dot Network will make China see red

Indian and foreign media may have missed it but the US-India joint statement will most certainly be scrutinised closely by Beijing for anti-China content.
Narendra Modi and Donald Trump

Jaishankar says US wants Pakistan to end terrorism, but Trump has his own plans

What Trump says and what he does are two different things. There are strong reasons to believe that US’ Indo-Pacific strategy stops at the India-Pakistan border.

Trump’s trade war gives new life to China’s Belt and Road programme

As world trade growth plunges, infrastructure spending is the only way left to lift emerging economies. And China is offering the money.
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Most countries don’t know how much they owe China — and it’s a lot

With loans totalling over $700 billion, a new study has found that over half of China’s lending to developing countries is ‘hidden’.
Austrian crisis, vice chancellor removed

Austrian crisis deepens as far-right ministers resign en masse amid sting video scandal

India, Japan & Sri Lanka to jointly build Port of Colombo, and new study claims global sea level set to rise by over 2 metres by end of this century.
PM Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping | Commons

What China’s Belt and Road Initiative is, and why India gave it a miss again

With India’s absence at Beijing's BRI summit giving rise to speculation, ThePrint explains the massive trade project and the issues that surround it.

How China is defending its detention of Muslims to the world while selling the BRI dream

China is worried about an international backlash to its ‘re-education camps’, raising the stakes for Xi Jinping who has directly challenged Western-style democracy.

China’s Belt & Road Initiative is like an Anaconda enwrapping its next meal, warns Pentagon

The Belt and Road Initiative is a multi-billion dollar infrastructure project that aims to connect countries across Asia, Europe, and Africa.

On Camera

Uyghur Muslim women in the Grand Bazaar in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China

TV anchors outrage over Uyghurs in China, but stay quiet about Indian Muslims

After cheering the ban on Chinese apps, the latest coping mechanism of Indian TV news seems to be focusing on the plight of the Uyghur Muslims in China.
The Reserve Bank of India | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

RBI’s March rate cut was biggest surprise in history of monetary policy panel, paper says

India’s rate-setting panel is due to meet in the first week of August as the economy heads toward its first annual contraction in more than four decades.

Defence

Army Chief General MM Naravane (2nd R) during his visit along along the border in Jammu, Samba and Pathankot region

Army chief Narvane visits forward areas along IB in Pathankot-Jammu region

During the visit, the Army chief reviewed the security situation and emphasised on 'zero tolerance' against ceasefire violations by Pakistan and infiltration attempts.
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Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.