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Eye on China: LAC Talks – Wang Yi’s Quad – CPEC Terror – ‘Dual Circulation’ – PLA Anniversary – XPCC Sanctions – Cold War – HK Divide – AIIB Speech

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. India-China Ties As I write, Indian and Chinese military commanders are meeting in Moldo for the 5th round...

What is driving China’s aggression?

There has been growing debate in recent times in India and other countries about China’s aggression. What’s driving Beijing to engage in contests on multiple fronts, be it Hong Kong, the near seas, or India, particularly amid a pandemic and...

Anupam Manur quoted in Hindustan Times on fall in GST revenue

Anupam Manur was quoted in an article by Rahul Jayaswal, Senior editor of Hindustan Times on the massive fall in GST revenue and diesel consumption. “The lockdown allowed the production, distribution and sale of only essential items, a lot of...

Takshashila Discussion Slidedoc – Technological Interventions for COVID-19 Management: An Analysis

By Prateek Waghre, Sapni GK, Utkarsh Narain Download this slidedoc as a PDF. Executive Summary: This assessment evaluates common technological intervention use-cases in response to COVID-19 through the framework of population penetration, privacy and effectiveness to arrive at a composite...

Eye on China: Border Scuffles – Taiwan & WHO – SCO & Quad – Rajapaksa’s Praise – Trump’s Threat

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. Boundary Scuffles It’s a bit of a cliche to say that the India-China relationship has strands of cooperation,...

Consumers should get the benefit of falling oil prices [The Print]

At a time when even deficit hawks are clamouring for an expansive fiscal policy to fight the severe economic consequences of Covid-19, it will be tempting for the government to exploit every opportunity to fund the welfare programmes. When oil...

Use the oil price crash to boost India’s strategic reserves [Hindustan Times]

One area in which India can definitely use the lower oil prices to its advantage is to stock up on the commodity for future use. Like many other countries, India maintains strategic petroleum reserves (SPR), which is an inventory of...

Let’s make the most of dirt cheap oil [Mint]

In a dramatic and unprecedented turn of events on Monday, crude oil began trading in negative territory for the first time since records began. The price on a futures contract for West Texas crude that was due to expire on 21...

Covid-19: Transnational Cooperation and the Epistemic Community

By Dr Rajesh Basrur Summary: The scientific community is critical to the battle against Covid-19. But to strengthen its efforts, we need to go beyond current institutional limitations. President Trump’s announcement that he will withdraw American funding from the World...

To open or not to open India up: a dilemma that need not be one

As India decides what next after the 21-day national lockdown ends on 14 April, opinions are divided among those who want a phased lifting and those who want to extend it. This reflects underlying differences between those who believe it...
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