Thursday, 19 May, 2022
TopicTrump administration

Topic: Trump administration

‘Mini-deal’ not on cards, but India, US will revive Trade Policy Forum after 4 years

New Delhi is keen on restarting the talks for a smaller trade deal with the US. But the Biden administration wants to address the ‘irritants’ first.

Biden administration delays Trump’s H-1B policy, to continue lottery system until 31 December 2021

On 7 January, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced to do away with the traditional lottery system in deciding the successful applicants for the H-1B visas.

Trump administration lifts travel restrictions on Europe and Brazil

The order was imposed in view of the coronavirus pandemic, while travel restrictions on several other countries including China and Iran remain in place.

Biden era to open in Trump’s shadow as agenda and impeachment trial converge

Joe Biden’s advisers worry that the trial will sidetrack the President-elect's agenda, not only taking up the Senate’s time but also fueling deep divisions in the country.

US lifts decades-old rules on contacts with Taiwan, Chinese state media calls for retaliation

The Global Times newspaper warned that US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo’s moves were pushing the world’s biggest countries toward conflict.

Top White House officials consider resigning after US Capitol violence

Those who are discussing stepping down include NSA Robert O’Brien, his deputy, Matt Pottinger, and Chris Liddell, assistant to the president.

India has ‘no immediate plans’ to resume oil purchases from Iran after Trump’s White House exit

The incoming Joe Biden administration will take time to lift Trump’s sanctions and return to the Iran nuclear deal, so India is adopting a cautious approach.

Trump’s Israel-Morocco deal is another mess for Biden to clean up

Biden should distance himself from Trump’s decision, without antagonizing Israel or Morocco, and reaffirm American commitment to international law and a mediated end to conflicts.

Trump set record sanctions use that Biden is likely to maintain

One challenge Biden will face is that US sanctions have become so complicated that they’re more difficult to enforce or manage without risking serious blowback on the economy.

US plans to sanction more Chinese officials over Hong Kong crackdown

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Beijing would take countermeasures should the US continue down the 'wrong path,' without elaborating.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping | Representational image| kremlin.ru

Chinese economy is feeling the heat. Blame Xi’s political Lysenkoism, vaccination policy

Smarting from the failures of his Great Leap Forward campaign, which hit the economy hard, Mao launched the 1962 war with India to rally the nation behind him.
Congress supporters staged a protest against inflation in Ranchi on 10 May | ANI

As inflation breaks records, Modi govt plans to counter criticism ahead of anniversary & polls

While retail inflation hit an 8-year high of 7.8% in April, wholesale inflation surged to a 9-year high of 15.08% on the back of elevated food and energy prices in the same month.

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Satellite image of the development on the site | Twitter | @detresfa_

China building ‘bigger, broader’ 2nd bridge at Pangong Tso that can carry armoured columns

China's People's Liberation Army aims for multiple routes to counter any possible operations by the Indian forces on the southern banks of the Pangong Tso in the future.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.
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