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Eye on China: Disengagement Stalled – J&K & CPEC – Maldives Loan – US Outreach – Digital Currency – New IC Policy – Trade Recovers – Stimulus Data

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 Another week and the standoff at the LAC continues. But some of the comments and leaked...

Takshashila and The Niskanen Center host an online discussion on Free Markets

On 15 July 2020, The Takshashila Institution and the Niskanen Center hosted an online conversation on “Free Markets”. This was the second event of a three-part series titled Beyond the Pandemic: A Battle for Ideas, it focused on the importance...

All Things Policy: COVID and Coronil

Ayurvedic formulations touting to cure COVID-19 have raised questions both about their claims and the scientific rigour of their clinical trials. Prateek Waghre talks to Sunila Dixit and Shambhavi Naik about Patanjali’s Coronil “immunity booster” and lessons to learn from...

All Things Policy: What the Second World War tells us about COVID-19

In the 1930s, the US was an inward-looking country struggling with a collapsing economy and spiralling unemployment. But by 1945, it was on the winning side of the Second World War, manufacturing thousands of vehicles and armaments per month. American...

All Things Policy: The Geopolitics of a COVID-19 Vaccine

Companies, institutions and governments around the world are racing to develop a vaccine against COVID-19. How will the country that gets there first use the vaccine to its advantage? Nitin Pai, Manoj Kewalramani and Aditya Ramanathan look at the possibilities...

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...

Anupam Manur quoted in Hindustan Times on India’s SPR

Anupam Manur was quoted in an article by Rahul Jayaswal, Senior editor of Hindustan Times on India’s buildup of oil reserves. He said “Filling up the existing storage capacity in our refineries and underground caverns was a low-hanging fruit and...

BRI in the post-Covid world

Earlier this month, a piece by Bee Chun Boo, Martin David and Ben Simpfendorfer discussed the challenges that the post-Covid world is likely to bring for China’s Belt and Road Initiative. They argued that “the reduced flow of Chinese capital...

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...

Eye on China: PLA Reforms – Xi In Wuhan – Propaganda Blitz – Huawei’s Week – Oil Reserves

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. ‘Turning the Tide’ There are four broad trends associated with the Covid19 outbreak in China this week. First,...