South Asia and Beyond

India’s Diplomatic Olympic Boycott; Putin Praises ‘Unprecedented Close’ China Ties In Xi Meeting

NEW DELHI: On ‘Talking Point‘, Dr Anna Kireeva, Associate Professor, Asia & Africa Studies and Research Fellow, China Centre at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations(MGIMO University) and Nandan Unnikrishnan, Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation in conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi.

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The panel discusses India’s officials boycotting the Beijing Winter Olympic Games ceremonies after China picked a soldier injured in the Galwan clashes as a torch-bearer, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin being the first foreign leader to meet Xi Jinping in-person post the pandemic, the Russia-China joint statement, Ukraine, Taiwan, the proposed linking of the Belt and Road Initiative(BRI) and the Eurasian Economic Union(EAEU), Russia-China gas and energy deals, the S-400 air defence system, BrahMos supersonic missiles to the Philippines, the U.S.-Russia and U.S.-China confrontation, the impact on India, the Pakistan-China nexus and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan also visiting Beijing while his country is in the economic doldrums.