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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.

Two phrases critics of China’s BRI must not use – debt trap & threat to sovereignty

The debt trap argument overlooks a range of short to medium-term economic problems that BRI creates for host countries.
Xi Jinping

China’s BRI begins to faces resistance from Pakistan, Sri Lanka & Nepal

Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal had initially signed on for China’s Belt and Road Initiative, but now, seem to be rethinking their commitment to the project.
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.

On Camera

An employee sits on a video call at the Unicredit SpA headquarters in Milan

Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Diesel demand drop forces India to import gasoline as Covid skews output

The slump in diesel demand is forcing refineries to operate below capacity, but gasoline sales are back at pre-virus levels with people resorting to personal vehicles.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.