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Entebbe International Airport, the only international airport of Uganda | Commons

China to seize Uganda’s Entebbe airport after loan default? Viral report officially denied

African media reports on alleged takeover of Entebbe airport referred to certain 'toxic clauses' in a $200 million loan agreement signed on 31 March 2015.
Penpa Tsering, the 'sikyong' or elected political leader of the Central Tibetan Administration, with some of his cabinet members | Twitter | @SikyongPTsering

Planning ‘direct channel’ with China, we’re dying a ‘slow death’: Tibetan govt-in-exile president

Penpa Tsering says it is imperative for Tibetans to follow the 'middle path' so that they can protect their culture, language and environment.
(Representational image) File image of INS Vikramaditya. | Indian Navy

Chinese navy is planning ahead. India’s approach doesn’t match up, above sea or below

While China has been focusing on its naval build-up, from carriers to destroyers, Indian Navy’s budget keeps decreasing.

China lodges protest with India over CDS Gen Bipin Rawat’s comments on ‘security threat’

Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman said speculation on the ‘so-called Chinese military threat’ is a serious violation of the strategic guidance of the two countries and is dangerous.

China’s military hardware export to Pakistan will affect security dynamics, says Navy chief

Admiral Karambir Singh also said that the Indian navy is closely monitoring defence cooperation between China and Pakistan.
Xi Jinping attends the closing of the Second Session of the 13th National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing | Photographer: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

China can’t use sports as soft power for long. 2022 Winter Olympics looks set to fail

US and UK may boycott the Winter Olympics in Beijing. The 2008 Olympics, when China got away with minimal opposition, seems impossible to repeat now.
Residents line up to receive Covid vaccine in Wuhan 18 November 2021 | Bloomberg

China is doubling down on strict Covid zero route as it battles delta

The current resurgence already accounts for the most infections and the most days with new cases spurred by the delta variant since May.
Chinese Premier Xi Jinping could be the most powerful leader in the world.

‘Prepare to fight,’ China tells citizens. Xi Jinping has big plans for party and security

Chinascope — The Week Behind The Wall is everything you need to know about what’s happening in China this week.
US President Joe Biden meets with China's President Xi Jinping during a virtual summit from the White House in Washington, DC on 15 November 2021. Photographer: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images via Bloomberg

The ‘India question’ is a sideshow for US. For now, it’s preparing for China 2027

Biden’s relationship with China has been a seesaw recently – from threats to meetings with Xi Jinping.
File photo of US President Joe Biden | Photo: Al Drago | Bloomberg

US reaches ‘partner’ UAE, stops ‘secret Chinese military construction’ near Abu Dhabi

According to Wall Street Journal report, US secret agencies had found evidence of construction this year, and US warned UAE that presence of Chinese military could threaten ties between them.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.