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28 April 2020

Xi’s moves seem to be backfiring

Last week, the Chinese city of Wuhan, the source of coronavirus last year, raised its official Covid-19 death toll by 50%, bringing the death toll in the city to 3,869 and increasing the national Chinese total to more than 4,600. Reiterating that there has been no lack of transparency, the Wuhan officials suggested, this increase had to do with updated reporting and deaths outside hospitals.

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28 April 2020

COVID19 and competition for influence in South Asia

As Covid19 overwhelms healthcare systems and paralyzes economies across Western Europe and the United States, concern is growing about the potentially devastating impact of the virus in the developing world. Countries in South Asia are especially vulnerable because of their high population density and insufficient government resources.

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28 April 2020

Fallout of COVID-19: Japanese and Koreans to shift base from China to India

The outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan has dramatically altered the social, political and economic lives of millions in as many as 205 countries. No one can even hazard a guess the kind of life the people shall lead in the future as social and economic norms are going to be reset, requiring adjustment in quick time.

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10 April 2020

Mexico can teach us COVID 19 management

Links are tenuous between India and Mexico. This marginally upper-middle-income economy (per capita income $10,500 about the same as China) with a population of 126 million (about the size of the state of Uttar Pradesh) doesn’t matter much geopolitically. It is tied at the hip to its powerful neighbour- the United States. No reason, therefore, for Indians to engage with it deeply- beyond the delectable Tacos. Or is there?

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10 April 2020

How Is COVID-19 reshaping China-India relations?

The global pandemic has hit amid the 70th anniversary mark for relations and affected perceptions and realities in ties.

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10 April 2020

The battle to set oil prices

Russia’s move to reject production cuts is driven by its strategy of denying market share to U.S. shale producers

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27 March 2020

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.

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27 March 2020

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.

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27 March 2020

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.

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13 March 2020

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.

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