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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 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.

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Apple-maker Taiwanese company Foxconn to invest $1 bn in Tamil Nadu plant over next 3 years

Move comes as part of efforts of global companies to diversify their supply chains and reduce dependence on China. India has been trying to woo these firms.

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Representational image of an IAF MiG-29 | Photo: Wikipedia

IAF gets night-flying capability at Leh for MiG-29s, force sees it as a ‘game-changer’

The new capability will allow IAF to conduct full-spectrum operations at the LAC on short notice, given Leh’s proximity to it.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

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.