Friday, 12 August, 2022
TopicBelt and Road Initiative

Topic: Belt and Road Initiative

Chinese research vessel Yuan Wang 5 has ‘slowed down’ but still en route Sri Lankan port

Yuan Wang 5 is currently 599 nautical miles away from Hambantota, having been at sea for 35 hours since departing the Chinese port of Taicang, according to latest data.

China’s failing white elephant projects in Sri Lanka have lessons for India

Five years after it acquired Hambantota, China is learning cash has bought neither profit nor power in Sri Lanka.

G7 infra plan a lifeline developing nations can’t ignore but first crack this code, like BRI

Silk roads are getting bumpier but Beijing will maximise its pursuit of global leadership as long as it perceives that Washington seeks to deny it any.

India lost the first mover advantage but there’s benefit to gain from Indo-Pacific forum

India's centrality in the Indo-Pacific trade architecture should have made New Delhi launch IPEF much before US President Joe Biden did. It can still be a rule maker.

Beijing’s Afghanistan gamble: Can emerging China-Taliban-Pakistan triangle deliver peace?

China should support an inclusive process in Afghanistan. The alternative would be either a permanent black security hole or an Islamist dystopia on China’s doorsteps.

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka bets big on $14 bn China-backed Port City, wants reluctant India to invest

China has invested $1.4 billion in the strategically located project. But the Rajapaksa govt wants India to invest in the potential metropolis, which is Sri Lanka's first SEZ.

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.

On Camera

YourTurn

The new Hyundai Tucson. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Hyundai’s new Tucson comes loaded to the gills. Its style and power match the price

First-generation Tucson was not only quite an ugly vehicle but also drove pretty badly. But the new edition shows how Hyundai has turned the corner.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

How EPFO made Rs 68,000 crore off your retirement money by investing in exchange traded funds

Retirement fund body has seen rise in earnings from capital gains from equity. Its earnings are distributed among its subscribers, with EPFO retaining a small surplus.

Defence

Yuan Wang 5 vessel | ANI

Chinese research vessel Yuan Wang 5 has ‘slowed down’ but still en route Sri Lankan port

Yuan Wang 5 is currently 599 nautical miles away from Hambantota, having been at sea for 35 hours since departing the Chinese port of Taicang, according to latest data.

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.
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