Skip to main content


Showing posts from June 4, 2020

Analysis | China’s Belt and Road Initiative fuels Ladakh standoff

This April 28, 2018 file picture shows Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping interacting in a house boat, at East Lake, in Wuhan. | Photo Credit: AFP Atul AnejaNEW DELHI: 04 JUNE 2020 14:03 ISTUPDATED: 04 JUNE 2020 17:49 IST
When India abrogated Sections of Article 370 and separated Ladakh as a Union Territory from Jammu and Kashmir, China appears to have activated its plan-B, culminating in its latest intrusionChina’s latest intrusion in Ladakh, apparently to fortify Aksai Chin may have its roots in the Wuhan informal summit of 2017, after which, Beijing has juggled with a range of options to engage andrestrain Indiato protect its core interests.After the Wuhan informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in April 2018, China activated the diplomatic track in order to arrive at an understanding wit…

China: End of the Belt and Road?

By: Elliot Wilson Published on:Thursday, June 04, 2020 

Mainland Chinese firms invested $72.2 billion in Africa between 2014 and 2018, much of it through the Belt and Road Initiative. Now that Covid-19 has struck, there is a growing sense of unease in Beijing over calls to write off debt to stressed African states. Chinese president Xi Jinping Read all Euromoney coronavirus coverage In April 2019, analysts at Rhodium Group in Hong Kong sat down to assess the financial viability of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). What they found surprised them. The second Belt and Road Forum had just wrapped up in Beijing and policymakers in the mainland and beyond were starting to voice their concerns. Western leaders feared that China was drowning the emerging world in general, and Africa in particular, in a new wave of debt. Officials in Beijing pushed back against charges of ‘debt-trap diplomacy’, but they were beginning to stick. China had internal reasons to fret. From the outset, the BRI…

European leaders see India as an alternative amid US-China trade tensions

COVID-19: European leaders see India as an alternative amid US-China trade tensions French MEP Thierry Mariani at a webinar said that countries across the world were relying too heavily on China and need to look for alternate markets. Shubham Bose Updated On: June 04, 2020 07:16 IST