Narendra Modi

China Frees Indian Soldiers After Border Clash

China freed 10 Indian soldiers seized in a deadly high-altitude border clash in the Himalayas ahead of fresh talks Friday to ease tensions between the world's two most populous nations, officials said.Two majors were among the troops held prisoner after a battle with nail studded batons, rocks and fists on Monday that left 20 Indians dead as well as an unknown number of Chinese casualties.It was the most serious incident in more than four decades on the bitterly disputed unofficial borde

20 June 2020

India’s Policy Towards China Is Not Working

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “not in a good mood,” United States (US) President Donald Trump recently declared, as he offered to mediate India’s resurgent border conflict with China. After years of bending over backward to appease China, Modi has received yet another Chinese encroachment on Indian territory.

12 June 2020

Malaysia, India palm oil tensions over Kashmir

Malaysia's mammoth palm oil sector faces a new threat after Indian traders were asked to halt purchases amid a diplomatic row over Kashmir, piling further pressure on the industry as Europe also plans cutbacks.The Southeast Asian nation is the second-biggest producer after Indonesia of the oil, used in everything from food to cosmetics, in a sector long vilified by environmentalists who blame it for fuelling deforestation.With Western companies reducing use of the commodity as green grou

28 October 2019

Is Modi India's Xi Jinping?

At the time of his first bid to become India’s prime minister five years ago, Narendra Modi was seen by many in Mumbai as a reformer rising to slay crony capitalism, corruption and policy paralysis. It was the bureaucracy in New Delhi that had misgivings about the then chief minister of Gujarat state, known for his highly centralised style of working.By now, the political capital has accepted Modi as the boss man.

28 May 2019

India election: Five places to watch

Roughly 900 million registered voters will begin heading to the polls this week as India begins a marathon, six-week general election that will determine the course of the world’s second-most populous country.Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking re-election under more favourable conditions than just a few months ago, when rising concerns about a lack of jobs had put his government on the back foot, and polls showed slumping support for his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).But in late Fe

9 April 2019

The drums of war in Kashmir

Tensions between India and Pakistan are at their highest level in decades, and many fear the nuclear-armed neighbours are on the brink of yet another war over the disputed Kashmir region. But the latest eruption is different from its predecessors.The two countries’ struggle over Kashmir began in 1947.

5 March 2019

Xi and Modi hold bilateral talks in China

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi committed to continue improving ties between Asia’s most populous countries in a bilateral meeting on the side-lines of a summit in China.Xi was hosting leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the coastal city of Qingdao over the weekend.

10 June 2018

Asia sees China and US as threats

For many United States (US) allies, Secretary of Defense James Mattis is the last of the Trump administration’s so-called grownups in the room. At Asia’s main annual security forum he got a warm reception for his firm defense of the rules-based order the US helped to build after World War II.Increasingly, though, Mattis’s reassurance is not enough.

4 June 2018

India's Modi threads path between rising China, uncertain US

United States (US) Defense Secretary James Mattis described India as the “fulcrum’’ of security in the Indo-Pacific region as he traveled this week to an annual security conference in Singapore, attended for the first time by an Indian leader.But if Mattis was hoping that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would use the platform to join the US, Japan and Australia - a grouping known as the Quad - in a more muscular challenge to China’s regional expansion, he was disappointed.

2 June 2018

India and Indonesia are growing the blue economy

The blue economy is a concept that applies to the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, as well as overall ocean ecosystem health. This concept was brought to the negotiating table when the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi visited his Indonesian counterpart, Joko Widodo (fondly known as Jokowi) in Jakarta, recently. The relationship between these two countries is not talked about as often as the ties between other nations in Asia.

31 May 2018

A reset button on India and China’s relationship?

The relationship between India and China over the past two years has not been very smooth. The two countries have not seen eye-to-eye on several major issues. These issues range from China’s growing influence over the region through its infrastructure projects such as the Belt and Road Initiative, border disputes and more. When China launched its ambitious BRI project last year with various heads of state in attendance, India decided to boycott the event by not attending.

5 May 2018

India's Modi to visit China's Xi in new sign of diplomatic thaw

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping this week, as relations between the world’s two most-populous countries thaw after a tense border dispute last year.The “informal summit” between Xi and Modi will be held Friday and Saturday in Wuhan, the capital of the central province of Hubei, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday at a news conference with India External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

23 April 2018