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Spotlight On Terrorism At 11th BRICS Summit

NEW DELHI: The theme is “economic growth for an innovative future” but much of the official and media narrative on the 11th BRICS summit in Brasilia, Brazil, appears focused on terrorism. This could be a trend of some kind. Even the BIMSTEC summit in...

‘Need To Evaluate If RCEP In India’s Best Interests’

Negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)—a mega trade deal involving the 10 ASEAN states and their six free trade agreement partners are at an advanced stage. India has not yet made it clear whether it will join the deal though Prime Minister...

‘Hong Kong Creates Space For India To Take Advantage Of Situation’

NEW DELHI: A trade deal may not have been signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to the United States but a lot of progress has been made with regard to an interim arrangement that could ultimately lead to a trade agreement, says...

RCEP Will Boost Regional Trade: Thai Envoy To India

Will it, won’t it? The pendulum has been swinging from one end to the other on the part of the Indian government in favour of and against signing the mega trade deal, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Until recently, it seemed almost certain...

From Connectivity To Communism, China-Nepal Ties Swerve Left

NEW DELHI: A relationship once steeped in sentiment and history seems to be giving way to more practical considerations, at least for Nepal. The ‘roti-beti ka rishta’ may have been the umbilical cord between India and Nepal for centuries. But with China promising bagfuls...

India-China Ties: Need To Build Trust, Prevent Misperception

New Delhi: On Tuesday, China will mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the communist republic with pomp, show and military goose-stepping. Time also for India to reflect on its ties with the giant neighbour to the east. Although India recognised the young...

China’s Cyber-Superpower Strategy: Can India And Australia Spoil The Party?

While India continues to blow-hot, blow-cold over allowing Chinese techno-giant Huawei to provide 5G networks in this country, other countries are becoming increasingly alarmed by what they see as Huawei and, by extension, Beijing’s growing cyber expansionism in the Indo-Pacific region. Key among these...

A Year After Doklam: Will Peace Hold?

A year has passed since India and China announced their decision to peacefully “disengage” at Doklam and commenced the difficult task of trying to rebuild the relationship. While the year witnessed meetings between India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, a...

Revisiting Doklam, One Year On – I

Exactly one year ago, India and China announced the end of a 73-day standoff between troops from both sides at the tri-junction of Bhutan, India and China. Since then, many developments have taken place—on political, diplomatic and military fronts. Our Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale...

Revisiting Doklam, One Year On – II

Exactly one year ago, India and China announced the end of a 73-day standoff between troops from both sides at the tri-junction of Bhutan, India and China. Since then, many developments have taken place—on political, diplomatic and military fronts. Our Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale...