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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 is on a two-day visit to India, his first ever to the country | 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’.
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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.
File image of PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping

China cautions restraint amid escalating tensions between India & Pakistan over Pulwama

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said that a stable bilateral relationship between the two countries is essential for peace and stability in South Asia.

On Camera

Animals have come home. Covid-19 lockdown gives control back into nature’s hands

With people in India and elsewhere locked down in homes due to the coronavirus, the peaceful reclamation of public spaces by animals is teaching us important lessons.

Modi’s 9-min candle plan Sunday: Needless spectacle or much-needed motivation for Indians?

PM Modi requested Indians to light candles, lamps or mobile torches at 9 pm Sunday for nine minutes in a show of solidarity in the fight against Covid-19.

Defence

Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.