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File photo | Narendra Modi meets Xi Jinping during the 11th BRICS Summit | PTI

Modi wants ‘closer partnership’ with China, says Covid-19 reminder of interconnected world

Ram Nath Kovind, PM Modi and Jaishankar write to their Chinese counterparts on completion of seven decades of diplomatic ties between India and China.
Huawei is embroiled in controversy over security concerns in many countries | Photo: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

Chinese private companies’ investment in India has grown since 2014 — with little scrutiny

From $1.6 billion in 2014, investment from China — mostly by state-controlled private firms now — has likely crossed $26 billion. What does it mean for India’s trade strategy and security?
A thermal screeening device checks passengers arriving in India from China including Hong Kong in view of outbreak of Novel coronavirus (CoV) in China | PTI

Coronavirus crisis forcing 41% Indians to rethink travel plans this summer, finds survey

Survey by LocalCircles also shows 19% businesses in India are going through a supply disruption and 26% experiencing a slowdown in demand.
Personal protective equipment

India lifts ban on export of personal protection gear to help China combat coronavirus

The decision came a day after PM Modi wrote a letter to President Xi offering assistance to deal with the outbreak, which has claimed over 900 lives.

China is controlling social media – by allowing a bit of dissent

Shortly after the initial demonstrations in Hong Kong, the Chinese government distributed vague guidelines to digital platforms about what they should 'censor'.
File photo of Xi Jinping | Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Xi Jinping warns virus may impact China’s social stability

The effort to contain coronavirus directly affects people’s health, China’s economic and social stability, and the country’s process of opening up, Xi said.
Passengers wearing masks walk outside the Shanghai railway station in Shanghai, China

Why Wuhan coronavirus crisis isn’t China’s Chernobyl

The coronavirus epidemic is a crisis for public health, economy and even for China’s upper ranks. But that doesn’t make it a catalyst in the mould of Chernobyl.
Chinese president Xi Jinping | Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Coronavirus death toll goes up to 106 in China, President Xi calls the epidemic a ‘demon’

The virus, which emerged last month in Wuhan, has created a war-like situation in China, which analysts say is far worse than during the 2003 SARS outbreak that claimed over 800 lives.
File photo of Xi Jinping | Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

India ‘cautions’ Myanmar over growing Chinese influence as Xi Jinping concludes visit

During Xi Jinping’s visit from 17-18 January, China and Myanmar signed as many as 33 agreements, including multi-billion-dollar deals in infrastructure.
PM Narendra Modi

Modi govt now snubbing critics in other countries too. And US, UK won’t hold back for long

Modi government is taking a risk by concluding that India has the heft to disregard opinions of friendly countries and make enemies out of parties not in power. 

On Camera

File image of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan | Photo: ANI via Reuters

Pakistani doctors need PPE to fight Covid-19, PM Imran Khan puts paper tigers on the job

Perhaps Pakistan’s more serious bodies dealing with the coronavirus crisis weren't up to the task. It seems the Corona Relief Tiger Force was just what the doctor prescribed.

Is talk of lifting lockdown premature or is it necessary to allow some economic activity?

As the Narendra Modi government considers the option of extending the Covid-19 lockdown beyond 14 April, concerns around its impact on the economy are growing.

Defence

USS Theodore Roosevelt. Photo | Bloomberg

Indian Navy veterans slam ‘childish’ US response to Roosevelt ship incident

Former Navy Chief Admiral Arun Prakash says captain of USS Theodore Roosevelt should’ve resigned if he felt system let him down, rather than leaking mail to media.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.