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  • The Eastern Window | Can China save its Belt and Road plan amid rising buyer’s remorse? Oct 11, 2021 12:42 PM IST

    The Eastern Window | Can China save its Belt and Road plan amid rising buyer’s remorse?

    Countries who are participating in BRI are increasingly wary of falling into a debt trap 

  • The dragon's growing footprint in India’s neighbourhood Aug 07, 2021 08:59 AM IST

    The dragon's growing footprint in India’s neighbourhood

    With the US withdrawing from Afghanistan, the situation is ideal for China to fill the power vacuum with the help of its all-weather ally Pakistan. Afghanistan’s natural resources, its strategic location and Beijing's own investments in the CPEC are big enough temptations. But will it work?

  • G7 plan to dislodge China as biggest source of infrastructure funding to benefit India Jun 14, 2021 06:25 PM IST

    G7 plan to dislodge China as biggest source of infrastructure funding to benefit India

    While parts of the G7 countries fund may later reach India through climate financing and sustainable development grants, officials say its biggest ripple effect will be in containing Chinese influence over India's traditional allies, who have increasingly veered towards Beijing following the Big Dragon's massive infrastructure investments

  • Pakistan unveils first metro line under China's Belt and Road Initiative amid mounting debt Oct 28, 2020 02:40 PM IST

    Pakistan unveils first metro line under China's Belt and Road Initiative amid mounting debt

    Beijing has invested more than $50 billion as part of the CPEC to upgrade infrastructure, power and transport links across Pakistan. Travel time across Lahore, a congested city with 11 million residents, has been cut to 45 minutes.

  • Japan’s Defence White Paper: New avenues for India-Japan defence cooperation? Jul 29, 2020 01:38 PM IST

    Japan’s Defence White Paper: New avenues for India-Japan defence cooperation?

    Japan’s limitations are high costs, inflexible procedures and being risk-averse, and it should be engaged to create a partnership based on an economic model leading to a value chain unique to India and Japan

  • Who is a beneficial owner? FDI recast negotiates many tricky bends Apr 28, 2020 11:54 AM IST

    Who is a beneficial owner? FDI recast negotiates many tricky bends

    It is not clear how the term beneficial owner should be interpreted under the new rules because of inference issues.

  • PBOC buying Indian equity – Should this bother our policymakers? Apr 14, 2020 03:59 PM IST

    PBOC buying Indian equity – Should this bother our policymakers?

    Past crises are proof that Chinese firms acquire discounted assets around the globe

  • Politics | With the Rajapaksas back in power in Sri Lanka, how will the China factor play out? Dec 18, 2019 02:10 PM IST

    Politics | With the Rajapaksas back in power in Sri Lanka, how will the China factor play out?

    The recent developments in Sri Lanka imply that South Asia is turning into another theatre of US-China rivalry and attenuation in India’s pre-eminent position in the region.

  • Foreign Policy | Replacing dogma with more dogma Nov 27, 2019 11:01 AM IST

    Foreign Policy | Replacing dogma with more dogma

    If the conduct of Indian foreign policy in the past seven decades shows us anything, it is that it has seldom relied on creative thinking from outside the four walls of the government.

  • Rule of the Rajapaksas: Sri Lanka marks return of influential family amid struggling economy, growing Chinese footprint Nov 25, 2019 05:47 PM IST

    Rule of the Rajapaksas: Sri Lanka marks return of influential family amid struggling economy, growing Chinese footprint

    India may be cautious of China's sway in the island nation, but Gotabaya Rajapaksa seems keen to maintain cordial ties with the northern neighbour

  • Politics | China’s foreign policy outreach in India’s neighbourhood Oct 01, 2019 12:03 PM IST

    Politics | China’s foreign policy outreach in India’s neighbourhood

    India will need both a capable and expanded foreign service working in co-ordination with political parties, business communities, intellectual elites and the diaspora, and to display adherence to values that are attractive to other nations to push an ‘Indian model’ of politics and development that can challenge the Chinese one.

  • Policy | Reading between Chinese lines Sep 13, 2019 09:26 AM IST

    Policy | Reading between Chinese lines

    The real thrust of the Chinese envoy’s efforts in the Indian media is to build a coalition against the US based on the narrative that the latter is against economic globalisation, is unilateralist and a threat also to Indian interests. India must be wary of this.

  • Policy | The expansion of China’s Belt and Road Initiative poses new challenges for India May 02, 2019 08:46 AM IST

    Policy | The expansion of China’s Belt and Road Initiative poses new challenges for India

    As most countries in India’s neighbourhood and Eurasia are participating in it, it will become more and more difficult for India to isolate its own connectivity plans from the BRI-linked projects.

  • Policy | New Delhi’s views on China’s Belt and Road Initiative is bad for India’s private sector Apr 24, 2019 09:39 AM IST

    Policy | New Delhi’s views on China’s Belt and Road Initiative is bad for India’s private sector

    Once the governmentally-driven geopolitical phase of hard infrastructure is over, private companies will take over. If by then Chinese, European or ASEAN companies have taken over major operations, it will be too late Indian companies to enter.

  • Opinion | In 2019, is India prepared to promote itself as an alternative to China? Dec 28, 2018 09:57 AM IST

    Opinion | In 2019, is India prepared to promote itself as an alternative to China?

    Once the sensitive anniversaries in 2019 are over and if there’s a truce in US-China ties, expect Beijing to return to familiar tactics aimed at keeping India off balance.

  • Opinion | China as Sri Lanka’s ‘friendly neighbor’ is bad news for India Nov 14, 2018 07:51 AM IST

    Opinion | China as Sri Lanka’s ‘friendly neighbor’ is bad news for India

    For China to say that it was a “friendly” neighbour is to imply that Sri Lanka has unfriendly neighbours, which can only be a reference to India

  • Opinion | Why is the challenge posed by China not yet an electoral issue in India? Oct 15, 2018 03:01 PM IST

    Opinion | Why is the challenge posed by China not yet an electoral issue in India?

    India’s defence and foreign policy, as seen in how the Rafale deal with France is playing out, remains an issue essentially about the perceived crimes of individual politicians and their rivals

  • Opinion | India's neighbours should beware of Chinese bearing gifts Aug 16, 2018 01:41 PM IST

    Opinion | India's neighbours should beware of Chinese bearing gifts

    New Delhi needs to reconsider its attitude towards its smaller neighbours at a time when Beijing is knitting the economies of South Asia together and reorienting them away from India

  • China will not push India on BRI: Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Apr 28, 2018 05:47 PM IST

    China will not push India on BRI: Chinese Vice Foreign Minister

    The BRI, a multi-billion-dollar initiative launched by President Xi Jinping when he came to power in 2013, has become a major sticking point in the bilateral ties.

  • Belt and Road Initiative is not a Chinese plot, says President Xi Jinping Apr 11, 2018 05:20 PM IST

    Belt and Road Initiative is not a Chinese plot, says President Xi Jinping

    Xi's Belt and Road Initiative, unveiled in 2013, aims to bolster a sprawling network of land and sea links with Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa

  • IMF: China's OBR an important initiative to foster regional cooperation, but entails risks as well Mar 30, 2018 11:30 AM IST

    IMF: China's OBR an important initiative to foster regional cooperation, but entails risks as well

    IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde will travel to Beijing early next month

  • Nepal cancels 1200-MW hydropower project deal with Chinese firm Nov 14, 2017 04:14 PM IST

    Nepal cancels 1200-MW hydropower project deal with Chinese firm

    Besides scrapping the deal, Nepal has also given Indian firms GMR Energy and Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam, who are developing hydropower plants in Nepal six more months to bring financial closures to the projects

  • China invested over $50 bn in Silk Road project: Official Mar 07, 2017 10:38 AM IST

    China invested over $50 bn in Silk Road project: Official

    The Silk Road project, officially called the Belt and Road Initiative, has received support from over 100 countries and international organisations, with nearly 50 cooperation agreements signed between governments, He Lifeng, head of the National Development and Reform Commission, told media here.

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