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Most countries don’t know how much they owe China — and it’s a lot

With loans totalling over $700 billion, a new study has found that over half of China’s lending to developing countries is ‘hidden’.

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.
PM Narendra Modi and Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih before a meeting at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi, Monday | Kamal Kishore/PTI

India relieved as President Solih’s party wins Maldives polls, but shadow of China remains

The parliamentary election results mark Maldives’ return to ‘India first’ policy while arresting its tilt towards China.
Workers walk past excavators at the site of Colombo Port City, developed by China Harbour Engineering Co

These images show how strongly China has Sri Lanka in its grip

ThePrint looks at Sri Lanka through the satellite cameras to understand how China is squeezing it through its tried-and-tested debt trap.

On Camera

Men smoking hookah | Representational Image | Commons

Chewing gum ban good but Haryana’s hookah culture can be real Covid-19 culprit

Hookah is popular in the state of Haryana and people, especially the elderly are defying Covid-19 lockdown and coming together to smoke hookah.

Modi’s 9-min candle plan Sunday: Needless spectacle or much-needed motivation for Indians?

PM Modi requested Indians to light candles, lamps or mobile torches at 9 pm Sunday for nine minutes in a show of solidarity in the fight against Covid-19.

Defence

Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.