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Trump-Modi’s ‘TikTok’ tactics against China, and India’s ‘real’ Covid graph

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US moves to tighten rules for Chinese company listings to prevent fraud

The President’s Working Group on Financial Markets Thursday said that in order to trade on a US exchange, companies must grant American regulators access to their audit work papers.
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Twitter begins to label handles of govt officials, state media for more transparency

The policy will start with the UNSC’s 5 permanent members, where Twitter feeds of state-backed media and officials will be labeled as 'government accounts'.
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China muscles its way onto NATO turf, rattling an alliance upset with Trump’s ‘America First’

China’s actions are prodding NATO to pivot to Asia, a potential sea change roiling an alliance created to protect Europe against Soviet Union.
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American journalists in Hong Kong could be Beijing’s next target

If the US doesn’t renew visas for Chinese journalists, China could retaliate and target US journalists based in Hong Kong, says Global Times editor.
The WTO building in Geneva

Dysfunction deepens at WTO as it fails to select an acting leader

WTO delegates couldn’t broker a consensus agreement this week after the US demanded American Alan Wolff become interim director-general instead of Germany's Karl Brauner.

New York, a success story in managing Covid, could be severely tested as winter approaches

If New York can keep its rate low as it reopens through the fall and winter, then epidemiologists say its efforts can serve as a model for other big cities in the US.
US President Donald Trump with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, 9 November 2017. | Colin G/Twitter

China cautions US to think ‘carefully’ about where relations are heading

China Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin's response Thursday came amid a flare in tensions over the forced closure of Beijing’s consulate in Houston.

US orders up to 600 million doses of Pfizer, BioNTech Covid vaccine

The US will pay the companies when it receives the doses, following regulatory authorization or approval, according to a statement Wednesday.
File image of China consulate in Houston, USA. | Twitter / Annu Kaushik

China vows retaliation after US shuts down its Houston consulate

China strongly condemned the move, which it said will 'sabotage China-US relations' and urged the immediate withdrawal of the 'erroneous decision'.

On Camera

A woman in a marketplace deserted due to lockdown in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh | Photo: ANI

India isn’t facing up to the true financial cost of Covid

Truth is currently as scarce as capital in India. The govt doesn’t have the appetite for large-scale socialisation of private losses, lest the opposition accuse PM Modi of cronyism.

Defence

A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

India, China generals meet today as ‘PLA keeps up Pangong incursions, blocks army at Depsang’

The fresh round of dialogue comes as India and China have hit a stalemate in military talks with regard to disengagement at multiple flashpoints in Ladakh.
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Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.