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China Takes Aim At G7, Calls It ‘Strategic Tool’ Of US

The annual summit of the world’s richest countries comprising the G7 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and US) wound up over the weekend in Hiroshima, Japan. China, though the world’s second largest economy after the U.S., is not a G7 member, clearly a sore point in Beijing. Nor did it help that the […]Read More

Unpacking the Karnataka Election Verdict

NEW DELHI: The just concluded Karnataka election was a rude wake up call for the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Not only did it lose to its principal rival, the Congress, the party ended a distant second in an election. The stinging defeat showed that the BJP had failed in its messaging. Especially its inability […]Read More

China Faces Looming Debt Crisis As Bad Loans Pile Up Under BRI

NEW DELHI: As Pakistan inches closer to a default amid uncertainty over the resumption of the International Monetary Fund’s bailout package, worries for Beijing have risen. Several countries which have received loans from China under the Belt and Road Initiative have run into economic crises and have been unable to repay the debts. Last year […]Read More