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Is China the New ‘Nazi’ Germany That the World Is Uniting Against?

Image of globe (to represent the world) and artistic impression of the Chinese flag used for representational purposes. | (Photo: Arnica Kala / The Quint) Opinion Pointing out how expansionism had done the greatest harm to humanity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not need to mention China in his  address  to the troops in Leh, as he stated that the ‘era of expansionism was over’. China’s  obsession with expansionism  became an official State-funded drive in 2013, when it unleashed the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) that aimed to physically connect China with the rest of the world. Harking back to its imperial tributary system, the BRI saw Beijing use its economic power to drive massive investments in over 70 countries. Also read: Would China Have Won In 1962 Had Nehru Listened to Patel? It’s not like the Communist Party of China’s (CCP) authoritarian agenda under BRI – to place China as the centre of the world in more ways than one – was hidden. For nearly half a decade, mo

20% Belt and Road Initiative 'seriously affected' due to coronavirus: China

Belt and Road Initiative Photograph:( Others ) Jun 19, 2020, 02.47 PM (IST) China's foreign ministry said that around 20 per cent of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been "seriously affected" due to the coronavirus pandemic. Also Read; How coronavirus impacts China's Belt and Road initiative "As the situation improves we have confidence that the projects will come back and the execution of them will speed up," Wang Xiaolong, director-general of the ministry's International Economic Affairs Department, said. China's controversial BRI project has been in the eye of the storm with the country having given large sums of money as loans. As the coronavirus pandemic spread, several countries have been looking for a loan waiver. The Chinese official asserted that there were no reports of any projects being cancelled due to the virus even as several countries including Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Malaysia had earlier complained about the huge costs involved in

Over 80 Percent of Hong Kong Security Law Backers at the U.N. Are Belt and Road Signatories

By  TOBIAS HOONHOUT July 7, 2020 4:56 PM The United Nations Security Council at U.N. Headquarters in New York City, February 28, 2020.  (Carlo Allegri/Reuters) At least 43 of the 53 countries supporting China’s new sweeping Hong Kong security law have made deals with the Chinese Communist Party under its global Belt and Road infrastructure project, according to analysis. Last week, members of the United Nations Human Rights Council released dueling statements on the CCP’s measure, which Beijing’s National People’s Congress  passed  on June 30, bypassing Hong Kong’s legislature. According to Chinese state news media outlet  Xinhua , Cuba  led  a group of 53 states that said that the new law guarantees a safe environment for Hong Kong’s residents to practice their rights. The United Kingdom and 26 other governments released their own statement criticizing the law, which U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said  effectively ends  Hong Kong’s autonomy. Axios  obtained  a list of the co