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PM Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump raise hands on stage during the Howdy Modi event in Houston, Texas | Scott Dalton/Bloomberg

In 2020, India & US must collaborate in WTO and beyond to counter China’s trade practices

As Trump admin persists in its disrupter role in WTO, India remains stuck in its ‘old think’, framing every issue as a developed versus developing country one.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the BJP workers during a party meeting at the airport in Ahmedabad on 2 October, 2019 | PTI

Why Pompeo called Pakistan Army chief Bajwa and not Jaishankar after Soleimani killing

Rahul Gandhi's disappearing acts are giving Modi govt a free pass on foreign policy – unlike how Sonia Gandhi brought Parliament to its knees in 2003.
PM Narendra Modi

Modi govt now snubbing critics in other countries too. And US, UK won’t hold back for long

Modi government is taking a risk by concluding that India has the heft to disregard opinions of friendly countries and make enemies out of parties not in power. 
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | ThePrint

Modi can’t bury 2019’s challenges but can manage if Indian economy turns around in 2020

PM Modi will need to return to the neighbourhood in 2020 and fix New Delhi's relations with India’s smaller neighbours.
Protests against the CAA have impacted the image of the Modi government

Article 370 to CAA: Domestic affairs from 2019 will guide Modi govt’s foreign policy in 2020

CAA protests, though strictly domestic affairs, should not be allowed to tarnish India’s image in the outside world and reverse the gains made in 2019.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to the crowd during an election campaign rally

Modi govt is obsessed with exercising power instead of focusing on what matters — economy

Like Indira Gandhi in the early 1970s, Modi govt is at the peak of its power. But the pursuit of its social agenda is clouding its focus on the main challenge.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa | Photo: Tharaka Basnayaka/Bloomberg

In Sri Lanka, Modi’s India must deal with reality as exists on ground, not as it wants it be

Newly-elected Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will wait and watch if India and US are coming closer together to take on the Chinese.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar

Jaishankar’s foreign policy audit sits uneasy with his reading of current global situation

We need Jaishankar’s frank appraisal. But it should go even further, which suggests that the dogmas of Delhi are not that easy to shake.
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.
Justin Trudeau

Trudeau’s election victory is a surprise to the world but not for Canadians

Canada’s Justin Trudeau had problems this election because he lost part of the progressive base that put him over the top in the 2015 federal elections.

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File image of PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping | Wikimedia Commons

China’s on India’s side in Pangong, Hot Springs. ‘Difference in perception’ line suits it

China has, over the years, specialised in salami slicing. In Sept 2017, then Army chief Bipin Rawat had cautioned that China was silently taking over territory.

Harsh Vardhan questions Delhi govt: Is Arvind Kejriwal failing in handling Covid-19 crisis?

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday raised concerns about rising Covid cases and low testing levels in Delhi.


File image of soldiers of the Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army | Photo: ANI

India, China army commanders to meet tomorrow. These are the issues 14 Corps chief will raise

14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh is scheduled to meet China’s Southern Xinjiang Military District chief at Chushul-Moldo border personnel meeting point Saturday.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.