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The Delhi-Beijing battle in South Asia – analysis

There can be no doubt about China’s growing clout in South Asia. When governments are being made and unmade by a not-so-invisible hand in Beijing, it should be clear that China’s footprint is at an all-time high. It has been evident for some time now that states in South Asia and the wider Indian Ocean region cannot remain immune from ...

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Donald Trump’s last push in West Asia | HT Editorial – editorials

Home / Editorials / Donald Trump’s last push in West Asia | HT Editorial Mr Trump’s team is tying up the loose ends of what it sees as its great foreign policy moment — getting a slew of Gulf Arab nations to recognise Israel and concretise an anti-Iran coalition editorials Updated: Nov 30, 2020, 20:32 IST President Donald Trump has given up ...

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RCEP reinforces China’s edge in Asia – analysis

Amid a definitive shift towards disaffection for globalisation in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic-induced economic crisis, 15 East Asian economies agreed to establish the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the largest ever free trade agreement (FTA). This should not be surprising as the driver of RCEP during the eight years of negotiations has been the 10-member Association of South ...

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Amid US-China trade war, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping to meet at virtual Asia Pacific meet – world news

U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will attend a virtual summit of Asia Pacific leaders on Friday to discuss the coronavirus and global economic recovery, with lingering trade differences likely to cloud the meeting. The pair will be at a meeting of the leaders of the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) hosted virtually by Malaysia just ...

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Kenya walked into the dragon’s trap. It holds a message for South Asia | Opinion – world news

Zambia has finally received a six-month reprieve from China Development Bank on repayment of its debt due in October, the government in Lusaka announced last month after a desperate SOS that it was on the verge of a default. Lusaka had already been attempting to restructure and refinance its Chinese debt when SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, first reached ...

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How India can take the lead in reviving tourism in South Asia – analysis

While the Covid-19 pandemic has affected all sectors of the economy, the travel and tourism (T&T) sector is among those expected to suffer the most prolonged impact. Owing to restrictions on free and confident movement of people, the tourism ecosystem, which employs 300 million people globally, has been disrupted. However, the pandemic provides an opportunity for India to take the ...

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Mike Pompeo wraps up ‘anti-China’ tour of Asia in Vietnam – world news

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up a five-nation, anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam on Friday with a call for regional unity to counter Beijing’s growing assertiveness, as the fierce American presidential election race entered its final stretch. With just four days left in the campaign in which China has been a central theme, Pompeo visited Hanoi ostensibly ...

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Virus rages as Asia, US record grim milestones – world news

Asia surpassed 10 million Covid-19 cases on Saturday, the second biggest regional tally in the world. In another grim milestone, the US broke its daily record for new coronavirus infections on Friday, reporting 84,218 new cases due to outbreaks in virtually every part of the country. Behind only Latin America, Asia accounts for about one-fourth of the global caseload of ...

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In Asia next week, Pompeo expected to bolster allies against China – world news

US Secretary of State of Mike Pompeo is flying to India next week to strengthen strategic ties with a nation that is locked in a military standoff with China, in Washington’s latest effort to bolster allies against Beijing. As part of an intensifying push back against China’s growing economic and military power in the region, Pompeo will also travel to ...

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Covid-19 has created ‘new poor’ in East Asia and Pacific, says World Bank report – world news

The Covid-19 shock is creating a class of ‘new poor’ across East Asia and the Pacific with 38 million more people expected to be living in poverty in 2020. That’s according to a new report from the World Bank titled ‘From Containment to Recovery’ that assesses the economic scarring caused by Covid-19 and prospects for recovery. A triple shock of ...

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