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Both extreme heat and air pollution have severe negative effects on the human body — from asthma to heart disease. But we are staring at a dirty, hot future.
India’s emphasis on ancient history creates fear that its goal might be to diminish separate identities of neighbours. And China is always waiting in the wings.
China's strategic competitors, including India, are trying to contest its public health outreach. But as of now, countries in South Asia do not have an alternative to China.
Infections have risen by 27% in Pakistan, Bangladesh cases spiked by 19% and 17% in India, according to data of 20 most affected nations compiled by Bloomberg.
China has established itself as a major trade partner of South Asia. This mainly reflects the region’s strategic importance for China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
With most economies frozen due to coronavirus pandemic, India not only has a chance to reignite animal spirits but also make South Asia genuinely integrated.
Governments itching to return to normal activity are being confronted with a spike in Covid-19 infections.
India has placed the Indo-Pacific at the heart of its engagement with the countries of south, southeast and east Asia to counter China, writes Prabir De in his new book.
US and China have been on a coronavirus aid-giving spree to Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal amid the unprecedented crisis the South Asian countries are facing.
Should India assist the US in restoring its primacy in Asia or build a reformed and stable world order that would inevitably require cooperation with other great powers?