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How China is defending its detention of Muslims to the world while selling the BRI dream

China is worried about an international backlash to its ‘re-education camps’, raising the stakes for Xi Jinping who has directly challenged Western-style democracy.
Narendra Modi

Russia confers highest civilian honour on PM Modi, diplomats & experts question timing

Russia announced the Order of St Andrew the Apostle for Modi, a week after UAE awarded him the Zayed Medal. Usually, such awards are given out on state visits.

Libya’s military strongman orders forces to ‘advance’ on Tripoli

EU’s Donald Tusk suggests 12-month Brexit extension and Donald Trump hints at a ‘monumental’ trade deal with China.
China and Pakistan meeting

China to discuss India-Pakistan issue with Islamabad during foreign ministers-level talks

Foreign ministry's spokesperson Geng Shuang said China as a neighbour wants to see tensions ease between India and Pakistan.
PM Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping | Commons

This is how India can ‘punish’ China for protecting Masood Azhar at UN

Modi government is said to be under severe pressure on how it should 'punish' China for again foiling a bid to impose sanctions on Masood Azhar.
Theresa May

May secures ‘legally binding changes’ to Brexit, Algerian president backs out from polls

Disillusioned Chinese bureaucrats are fleeing the country, and the world is returning to a “two-bloc” order.
A member of the Chinese People's Armed Police salutes in Tiananmen Square following the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing

China defence spending set to rise by 7.5% as Xi scales up military

The budget growth target, lower than last year, will still be enough for Xi Jinping's plans to build a world-class military by 2050.
Theresa May

Why Brexit may not happen on 29 March

Three possible scenarios where US-China trade talks could end up, and US Senator Kamala Harris initiates her presidential campaign.
A Uighur-owned restaurant in Xinjiang, China

This is how Islam is getting a Communist makeover in China

Reports from China suggest that the country will soon release a five-year 'outline' for the 'Sinicisation' of Islam.
Trump and Jinping

US, China officials meet in Beijing for sixth-round negotiations to end trade war

US NSA John Bolton says troops can’t be withdrawn from Syria, and Saudi Arabia puts into effect new law to alert women of divorce.

On Camera

PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah

Is RSS wary of Modi-Shah? A quiet ‘support’ to Raj Thackeray in Maharashtra signals so

BJP emerging as single-largest party in 2019 won’t be enough for Modi because many, including some in RSS, see a ‘threat’ in his return.
CJI Gogoi

Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.