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  • China’s rise and its attendant consequences was the central determinant of Indian foreign policy even before the border crisis of this year.
    Nov 23, 2020 19:53 IST
    With its strong response across spheres, India has shown that it has options and a willingness to exercise them...read more
    Harsh V Pant
    Harsh V Pant
  • While a lot of attention is paid to the party’s strategy and success in national elections, its organisational machinery that helps convert support to votes, and the careful branding of Narendra Modi as the leader who is committed to India’s national interests, there is often inadequate attention to how the party builds its strength from the local to the national.
    Nov 23, 2020 18:57 IST
    The party’s vigorous campaign for local polls shows why it remains dominant nationally...read more
  • The G20 has been largely missing in action through much of the pandemic. The inability to have physical interactions inhibited genuine diplomatic outreach
    Nov 23, 2020 19:21 IST
    Ensuring the revival of cooperation over global financial architecture, supply chain stability and climate will be the task of future hosts, including India, which has moved its chairmanship to 2023....read more
  • Under the Biden presidency, the US will rejoin the Paris Agreement — which took effect on November 4, the day after the elections — and a series of other international accords and treaties, and rebuild the bridge with its NATO partners. India will benefit from the US once again taking an active role internationally.
    Nov 23, 2020 18:56 IST
    2020 was a long and contentious year politically which ended with a win for Biden, America, and India. That is good news. The better news is that the best is yet to come. ...read more
    Frank F Islam
    Frank F Islam
  • Last month, Nepal’s Prime Minister (PM) KP Sharma Oli’s government quietly issued a circular to its administration to replace ‘Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal’ with ‘Nepal’ in its documents. Many saw it as a matter of practicality.
    Nov 23, 2020 17:44 IST
    The flurry of diplomatic activities is an indication that there is lot at stake here in the fast-emerging Asia-Pacific foreign policy and security architecture. The question is how Nepal will navigate it....read more
    Akhilesh Upadhyay
    Akhilesh Upadhyay
  • A policy announcement made by Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this month suggests that the opening of its market to RCEP members is part of its larger strategy
    Nov 22, 2020 23:40 IST
    India’s negative response to free trade pacts, and the focus on self-reliance, shows its turn against globalisation. This will have many implications...read more
    Biswajit Dhar
    Biswajit Dhar
  • To deepen economic ties in the Indo-Pacific region and with RCEP members, India must become self-reliant
    Nov 23, 2020 10:07 IST
    India joined the negotiations in 2012 and continued to be part of them until the Bangkok meet. It was flexible in negotiations and made adjustments in pursuit of a comprehensive, fair and a balanced agreement. In the end, the final document did not meet any of the three parameters. ...read more