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Ministry of External affairs

New Delhi finally gets Indo-Pacific wing but smaller regional powers are busy forum shopping

Indian foreign policy is far from being realist and has failed to devise methods to secure strategic alliances with smaller regional powers.
Lu Kang

China downplays India’s reported plan to boycott 2nd Belt & Road Forum

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said that the BRI initiative does not involve territorial and maritime disputes unlike what India has understood of it.
China and Pakistan meeting

China to discuss India-Pakistan issue with Islamabad during foreign ministers-level talks

Foreign ministry's spokesperson Geng Shuang said China as a neighbour wants to see tensions ease between India and Pakistan.
China

China to host second global BRI meet next month amid India, US reservations

The BRI includes USD 60-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which India opposes as it traverses through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
View of Sri Lanka's Hambantota Port, operated by China Merchants Group

In 21st century, infrastructure is the new route to ‘colonisation’, US study says

Need for foreign aid can often turn nations into battlegrounds for big global players at the cost of their own interests, says a study by Centre for Strategic and International Studies.
India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the16th meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, India and China (RIC) | Twitter/@airnewsalerts

China has long played its India-Pak ‘balancing act’, but stakes are high this time around

With CPEC and BRI, China not only has greater stakes in Pakistan but also seems less concerned about diplomatic isolation than it was after 26/11.
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Pakistan’s IMF bailout reveals China’s Belt and Road initiative is not going as planned

Pakistan's problem goes beyond macroeconomic issues. The cost of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has become more expensive than expected.
Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is now taking chess lessons

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Pakistan analysts have a lot to say about India's move to cancel meeting ahead of UNGA; CPEC now finds its way to Cairo.
Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping at the Plenary Session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit, in Qingdao, China on 10 June 2018

India says ‘no’ to BRI and government opens bureaucracy doors to private talent

M Narendra Modi, in an oblique reference to the BRI, said any mega connectivity project must respect sovereignty and territorial integrity of the countries involved.
China waters

How to study the possibility of water wars between China and India

Fears of China potentially ‘weaponising’ its rivers call for a scientific-security analysis, something sorely lacking in Indian policy circles.

On Camera

CJI Gogoi

Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.