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Chinese police officers wearing masks stand in front of the Tiananmen Gate on January 26, 2020 in Beijing, China. | Photographer: Betsy Joles/ Bloomberg via getty images

China’s mask diplomacy during coronavirus pandemic reveals its two global faces

The red face is Zhao Lijian, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman who suggested the virus originated in the US. The white face is providing medical supplies to other countries.
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Modi brings spectacle, theatrics to prime ministership. It may never be the same again

Anybody who succeeds Narendra Modi may have to also enact the king-size performances that the prime minister has set as a template.
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From Trump to Netanyahu to Modi’s MEA, Twiplomacy is the new diplomacy. And it’s working

Social media has become an indispensable arrow in the quiver of diplomacy. And Twitter has proven to be a soft power tool by providing a direct channel between diplomats and citizens.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Kashmir and CAA protests forcing foreign leaders to take a second look at PM Modi’s India

Bangladesh ministers have made their displeasure clear. The US and France have raised concerns on Kashmir clampdown and Japan’s Shinzo Abe cancelled a trip.
Amit Shah in Kolkata

Modi govt’s trip for envoys to J&K exposes rift between home and external affairs ministries

If Modi government intended the envoys to see the situation in Kashmir ‘first-hand’, it needed to do more than letting the diplomats spend 3-4 hours there.
Kartarpur corridor

Kartarpur corridor is religious diplomacy at work, a promising new trend around the world

Pope Francis' historic visit to the UAE and Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince building an Abrahamic Family House show the increasing acceptance of religious diplomacy.
PM Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump raise hands on stage during the Howdy Modi event in Houston, Texas | Scott Dalton/Bloomberg

Don’t be under illusion that India is a top priority for US. We’re not the ‘I’ in CRIMEAN

No matter how much India yearns for US approval, not being an attention spot in Washington’s radar is a good thing.
Members of European Parliament with PM Narendra Modi | PIB

World won’t buy Modi’s high-profile diplomacy if he sends far-Right EU members to Kashmir

India’s calling card abroad is Gandhi and democracy, not PM Modi’s majoritarianism.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Trump’s letter to Erdogan: are strongmen politicians redefining global diplomacy?

President Trump, in a letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has threatened to ‘destroy’ Turkey’s economy if the invasion into northern Syria doesn’t stop.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with external affairs minister S. Jaishankar at a media briefing | Photo by Praveen Jain - ThePrint

Nehru did it 70 years ago. Now, Jaishankar is doing the same – introducing India to US

American affection for India stems from the admiration for the national characteristics that India’s current leaders seem committed to reversing.

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Workers at a spice factory in Pune

Covid-19 crisis is choking India’s MSME sector. Business won’t pick up even after lockdown

Countries such as US, UK, Germany and China have announced quick relief for small companies. Perhaps finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman missed a trick or two.

Is India’s coronavirus lockdown leading to stress in families or strengthening relationships?

The 21-day nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus has led to people working from home and thus, spending more time with their families and partners.

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.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.