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A file photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the ASEAN summit in Bangkok. | Photo: ANI

Modi govt keen on trade pact with Australia as RCEP takes backseat

New Delhi wants to resume negotiations on the long-pending Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement with Australia, talks for which stalled in 2015. 
Economist Montek Singh Ahluwalia at ThePrint's Off The Cuff. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

Sitharaman should first let people know what state of economy is: Montek Singh Ahluwalia

At ThePrint's Off The Cuff, economist Montek Singh Ahluwalia said India not on track to either achieve $5-tn economy by 2024, or double farmer incomes by 2022.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi | File photo | Kamal Kishore | PTI

India’s polarised politics is a bigger national security threat than Pakistan, China

The most pressing threat to India’s standing in the world comes not from China’s expansionism or roguish activity of Pakistan but from polarised Indian politics.
PM Narendra Modi, Congress party interim chief Sonia Gandhi (centre) and Union Minister Amit Shah (right) pay to the victims of 2001 Parliament attack | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Modi govt’s adamant stand on citizenship will push India’s neighbours into China’s arms

The combination of economic slowdown and Modi government’s recent policies is likely to worsen India’s foreign relations in the coming years.
File photo of Piyush Goyal in the Rajya Sabha

India will review RCEP trade pact with ASEAN countries, Piyush Goyal tells Rajya Sabha

Commerce minister Piyush Goyal said the govt is going to review the free trade agreements between India and ASEAN countries signed by previous govts to address trade imbalances.
PM Narendra Modi in a group photo with other world leaders at the 3rd RCEP Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday | PTI

‘With or without India’: 15 member countries decide to sign RCEP on 13 March

Announcement made at ASEAN Economic Integration Forum in Bangkok. India decided against joining Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership nearly a month ago.

RCEP freeze continues, India, Japan make no progress on sticky bilateral issues

Both countries failed to make headway mainly on a breakthrough in the civil nuclear deal, acquisition of Amphibious aircraft and progress in the bullet train project.
PM Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

Japan says it won’t sign China-backed RCEP trade pact without India

'Japan will continue to try to persuade India to join,' said Hideki Makihara, Japan's Deputy Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry about the regional trade pact.
A file photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the ASEAN summit in Bangkok. | Photo: ANI

Modi says economic boom since 1991 due to trade. So why does India struggle to ink deals?

For decades, India has remained among the most protectionist of the developing economies, despite adopting liberalisation policies nearly 30 years ago.
PM Modi at the RCEP Summit in Thailand | @narendramodi | Twitter

Yamini Aiyar says restore faith in economic data, Naushad Forbes wants India in RCEP

The best of the day’s opinion, chosen and curated by ThePrint’s top editors.

On Camera

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump at the Namaste Trump event at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

China, Pakistan and Islamic terror — major takeaways from Donald Trump’s speech in India

In Episode 398 of his daily news capsule #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta decoded the US President’s Namaste Trump speech. Here’s a short round-up.
8 people have been killed & 100 injured in northeast Delhi as violence gripped Jaffrabad, Maujpur, Babarpur & Gokulpuri Sunday after anti & pro-CAA groups clashed.

Who is to blame for CAA violence: Delhi Police or politics of Modi government?

9 people have been killed & 100 injured in northeast Delhi as violence gripped Jaffrabad, Maujpur, Babarpur & Gokulpuri Sunday after anti & pro-CAA groups clashed.

Defence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump | @narendramodi | Twitter

Trump says US-India to sign $3 billion in defence deals

The US State Department last week approved a potential sale of arms to India, including air-defence radars and missiles, rifles and other equipment.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

How one big India-US deal gave us six big gains to cheer — including decimation of Left

To think the India-US nuclear deal was about a bilateral relationship or energy is to miss the point. It had much larger implications.