Leadership in the time of Corona
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation regarding coronavirus last week and its public receptivity has been largely positive. His was a calm and composed reassurance befitting the leader of a populous democracy that while the governmental machinery is doing its best, the responsibility also lies with the people themselves to make sure that things do not get worse.
Eight steps to make the lockdown work
India is at the cusp of an exponential pandemic crisis. But like any crisis, bold action can help reduce the impact. Here are seven of them.
Indo-Pacific meeting on COVID-19
On 20th of March a teleconference was held amongst some countries of the Indo-Pacific on the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting was called by US and the participating countries included India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand and Vietnam. The objective of the meeting was to take stock of domestic situation, national responses to the pandemic, and ways to cooperate during the crisis.
Turkey using refugees as a leverage
Turkey has aided all shades of Syrian rebels (except the Kurds) with arms and other kinds of support in the Syrian civil war since it began in 2011. The Turkish army has also launched incursions across the border and now controls swathes of territory in northern Syria. Ankara’s armed intervention in its southern neighbour, though, is only one aspect of its autocratic President Erdogan’s devious policies. As the Syrian conflict continues to rage, a mass of people are trying to get away from the line of fire.
Coronavirus: Role of the Chinese Government
The World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General has praised China for its handling of the crisis and for “protecting the rest of the world”. The outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is the biggest diplomatic challenge for China in recent times. At the initial stage, the Chinese leaders tried to downplay the growing effect of the coronavirus showing reluctance on their side. The local administration of Wuhan had been secretive about the spread of the virus. The Chinese leadership has been reticent to share the details and the intensity of the epidemic. Once the epidemic blew out of proportion they tried to minimize the global effect.
The rising domestic danger to India’s foreign policy under Modi
Whether New Delhi likes it or not, it is becoming increasingly clear that domestic issues are affecting ties with its neighbors and partners and that the costs of this are increasing.
What has India gained from US President Trump’s India visit?
When you meet your friend after, say, four months, how many times do you hug him ? Once or twice may be par for the course. But six times ? Well that was the hug count for the Modi-Trump love-fest on day one of the US President’s visit to India.
China faces a new threat as US cracks down on economic espionage
US crackdown on economic espionage could hurt research and innovation.
COVID-19 Disrupts Maritime Supply Chains
The COVID-19 virus has impacted global maritime transportation sector including cruise liner industry. A number of major manufacturing hubs and markets across China have stopped businesses and manufacturing by small and medium enterprises has been put on hold. Majority of the workers and labour force have gone back home and are yet to return to work causing major disruption in production. Furthermore, hinterland connectivity and logistic operations have stopped and several shipping firms have closed offices.
What China’s coercion at sea means for India
Two events in recent weeks have refocused attention on the South China Sea. First, Malaysia approached the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf claiming waters beyond the 200-kilometre limit of its exclusive economic zone in the northern part of the South China Sea, leading to Chinese accusations of an infringement of China’s sovereignty.