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File photo | Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Congress President Rahul Gandhi at Parliament House | PTI

China’s time is over. BJP-Congress only need to see the current crisis through as a team

Xi Jinping may like to believe that modern China is the centre of global power structure. But Covid-19 has poured cold water over all its military and economic calculations.
A researcher prepares a sample inside a laboratory in China |

Health Silk Road — How China plans to make BRI essential in Covid-hit South Asia

China's strategic competitors, including India, are trying to contest its public health outreach. But as of now, countries in South Asia do not have an alternative to China.
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.
File photo of Sheik Hasina Wajed | David Greedy/Bloomberg News

As Modi govt doubles down on CAA, long-time friend Bangladesh moves closer to China

Opposition’s misinformation campaign has generated enough negative publicity. Modi govt will be in bigger trouble if Bangladesh’s rumour mills become active.
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Resign or face action — China ‘threatens Zimbabwe President for looking West’

Beijing has reportedly asked Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa to hand over power to China-leaning Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga.
Hambantota Port in Sri Lanka | Wikimedia Commons

China is trying to win over critics of the new Silk Road

BRI is yet to reframe its image as a responsible initiative. A good start would be to make it more transparent in its implementation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the BIMSTEC leaders, at the inaugural session of the 4th BIMSTEC Summit, in Kathmandu, Nepal

Why Modi has invited BIMSTEC leaders to his swearing-in ceremony today

BIMSTEC is a regional organisation of nations such as Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand that was set up in 1997.
Workers walk past excavators at the site of Colombo Port City, developed by China Harbour Engineering Co

India, Japan & Sri Lanka agree to develop terminal at Colombo port also on China BRI map

India, Japan & Sri Lanka will sign an MoU for developing a container terminal at the Colombo port, which attracted investments from China under the Belt and Road initiative.

This is how China wants India to pay it back for listing Masood Azhar a terrorist

It was China's serial 'technical hold' that had kept Jaish chief Masood Azhar from the UN list, and the sanctions it entails, since 2009.
Xi Jinping

The world shouldn’t help save China’s Belt & Road

It isn’t the responsibility of Western money or private sector to finance China’s attempt at global hegemony.

On Camera

US ban on Chinese ownership of TikTok does no favours for Facebook, Google

By citing data privacy and foreign influence to justify its restrictions, the US has thrown a spotlight on issues that Silicon Valley’s social media giants have kept in the shadows.
Customers talk on mobile phones outside a Vodafone India Ltd. store | ThePrint,in

Vodafone Idea posts eighth straight loss, loses more subscribers

Vodafone Idea has so far failed to win better payment terms from the govt on the money it owes. Its net debt was Rs 1.2 lakh crore as of the quarter ended June.

Defence

Representational image of military equipment in Ladakh | Photo: ANI

Document saying sensitive Ladakh standoff likely to be prolonged removed from MoD website

In the official document, now taken down from its website, defence ministry also said Chinese aggression increasing along LAC and 'more particularly' in Galwan valley since 5 May.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.