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BRI is said to involve over 60 countries, 4.4 billion people and 29% of global GDP, with over $1 trillion of Chinese government money. How much of this is hype and how much is real?

 
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has taken the right stance at the first Belt and Road Forum by pointing out the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has the potential to connect the whole region.

 

The Trump administration may have stiffed India on H-1B visas, leading to large layoffs by IT companies in India. But on the real reason for deteriorating ties between India and Pakistan the Trump administration has told like it is, stepping away from the hyphenation and waffling that often characterised previous US administrations’ approach to the subcontinent.

 

If Delhi was conspicuous by its absence at China’s Belt and Road Forum this week in Beijing, it cited a number of reasons for staying away.

 

China, which is working to re-engineer the trans-boundary flows of rivers originating in Tibet, has taken its dam-building frenzy to Pakistan-occupied Gilgit-Baltistan, which is part of Jammu & Kashmir.

 

Three years after the plan for the Belt and Road Initiative (B&RI, formerly called the Silk Road Economic Belt or One Belt One Road) was announced, China has concluded the first Belt and Road Forum.

 
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Indian Prime Minister’s visit dominated the local news headlines and spawned intense debates among analysts and politicians to the circumstances surrounding his visit and their implications.

 

China’s most ambitious economic and foreign policy projects, the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, also referred to as the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, has been cause for Indian anxiety for some time now.

 

Through a combination of bad luck and poor calculation Sri Lanka has emerged as a point of contention between India and China. It is not a source of military confrontation, for all the noises about submarines that may or may not be docking in Colombo.

 

It’s a dream of a better life that has been conclusively shattered. Recently the ministry of external affairs (MEA) had to step in to rescue 24 Indians “held captive” by a company in Saudi Arabia over salary disputes. The matter was brought to the notice of the MEA after Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik sought the help of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.

 


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