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Trump sought help of China’s Xi to win 2020 re-election, former NSA Bolton writes in book

Trump pleaded with Chinese President Xi last year to help him win re-election by buying more US farm products, former NSA John Bolton has written.
Representational image | Soham Sen | ThePrint

China has an Achilles’ heel. India must take the battle there from LAC

Not just military salami-slicing, China is also carrying out surrogate conflicts against India through countries such as Nepal. Delhi must change rules of the game.

PM Modi’s self-reliance, and guests from neighbouring countries

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.
Donald Trump with Xi Jinping

Trump launches direct attack on China’s Xi Jinping as fight over virus gets ugly

While Trump has often blamed China for failing to prevent the pandemic now ravaging the global economy, he was careful in maintaining that his relationship with Xi is strong. Until now.
US President Donald Trump at his press briefing in New Delhi Tuesday

Oil prices rebound following Trump’s threat to ‘shoot down’ Iranian gunboats

From failing global narcotics industry to how the pandemic saved Netanyahu — ThePrint brings you 8 important global stories linked to Covid-19.

Xi Jinping visits Wuhan as China registers steady drop in new coronavirus cases

The visit to Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, is intended to project confidence that Chinese govt has managed to stem its spread domestically.
George Soros

Frightening setback in India, democratically elected Modi creating Hindu state: George Soros

Modi is imposing punitive measures on Kashmir, threatening to deprive millions of Muslims of their citizenship, billionaire George Soros writes in his blog. Read his full post.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hand of Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 24, 2019 in Beijing, China. | Bloomberg

China’s Xi courts an isolated Myanmar in his first state visit of the year

The itinerary of the Chinese president’s first overseas trip of the year is seen as a signal about his long-term strategic goals.
File image of Taiwanese Presinent Tsai Ing-wen | Commons

‘Counter-current just a bubble,’ says China after Taiwan votes to re-elect Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party defeated the island's China-friendly opposition for the fourth time Saturday.
File photo of Chinese president Xi Jinping | Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

How Xi Jinping, whose father was expelled from Communist Party, became China’s ‘Dada’ Xi

When Xi took over as general secretary of Communist Party in 2012, western media portrayed him as a ‘compromise candidate’ with little qualification to run China.

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.