Wednesday, 26 January, 2022
TopicBelt and Road Initiative

Topic: Belt and Road Initiative

China wants to tame Internet algorithms. It’s all about national security

Chinascope — The Week Behind The Wall is everything you need to know about what’s happening in China this week.

China expanding influence in UN via increased funding, placing key officials: Think-tank study

UN agencies led by China are linked to domestic agendas like the BRI, Make in China 2025 and the rise of Chinese companies, Mumbai-based think-tank Gateway House's study says.

CPEC project is an economic initiative & has not affected its stand on Kashmir, says China

At a media briefing Monday, China defended the USD 60 billion CPEC project with Pakistan, disregarding India's protests as it is being laid through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

New China-Iran pact brings a headache for India. It’s not just another international deal

China's $400 billion deal with Iran comes at a time when the US is showing little signs of lifting the sanctions imposed on Iran. This is not good news for India.

India must be smart in supporting Myanmar, if Quad won’t measure up

Gaining overland access to Indian Ocean through Myanmar is crucial for China’s geostrategic designs. Which means India can’t protest against coup too loudly.

After years of power shortages, Pakistan now has too much electricity

Pakistan’s power supply flipped to a surplus last year after a flurry of coal-and natural gas-fired plants were built, mostly financed by China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Climate ranking for China’s Belt and Road Initiative could limit coal plants

State report released Tuesday suggests a colour-coded classification mechanism that will bring in more stringent supervision of BRI's coal plants and metal smelters.

Foreign Secy Shringla warns against ‘skewed’ arrangements in indirect reference to China’s BRI

Talking on India's Vision of the Indo-Pacific in London, Shringla stressed on India's commitment to promote and contribute to infrastructure, economic projects and supply chains.

India calls for quick implementation of Colombo Port project, says ‘time & tide wait for none’

Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay, says India and Sri Lanka need to implement projects quickly or they could become ‘outdated’.

Pakistan’s coal-fired power generation sees record jump, thanks to China push

The country's power generation from coal jumped 57% in the fiscal year through June, backed by supplies from its first coal mine in Thar, developed as part of China’s Belt and Road plan.

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File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow | Photo: Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

How Vladimir Putin keeps everyone guessing

Over the years, Putin has always had the upper hand tactically vis-à-vis the West because he’s had what’s called escalation dominance. But experts say he may have gone a big step too far.
AU Small Finance Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive Sanjay Agarwal. | Photo by special arrangement

MSME sector requires hand-holding, Budget measures needed: AU Small Finance Bank MD & CEO

The sector has faced continued distress since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in March 2020. Govt data says about 9% of MSMEs shut down due to the pandemic.


The photo of former PM Indira Gandhi with the three former service chiefs | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.