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Pakistan: riding high

PAKISTAN-CHINA-DIPLOMACY Courtesy: AFP

The Indian government must be commended for staying away from the Belt & Road Forum in Beijing this week because of its principled objections. However, 30 heads of state attended the meeting, as did the chiefs of the UN, World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF). India was the only country in the world that was invited, but refused to participate. read more

Pursuing masala bond diplomacy

NTPC-Masala Courtesy: PiyushGoyal.in

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has raised $3.46 billion in international markets since 2006, but most recently, it has been doing so via masala bonds. It issued around $320 million worth of them in April, and plans to raise a similar amount again soon. The National Highways Authority of India is planning a masala bond issue too, according to Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways. Masala bonds sold to international investors are denominated in rupees. read more

Co-designing the new Silk Road

New Silk Road Courtesy: Xinhua

The very mention of a “Silk Road” evokes images of teeming bazaars filled with not just the most beautiful silks but also metal objects, oils, spices, and innumerable manufactured goods that made the lives of our ancestors colourful and comfortable. It was along this route that the many technological advances of ancient China travelled west and to India—paper, the wheelbarrow, gun powder, and critical innovations in tools which revolutionised agriculture. China’s plan for a Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB), also known as One Road One Belt, seeks to celebrate read more

BRI: reviving Turkish business?

1024px-Silk_route Courtesy: Wikipedia

Turkey hosted a major conference on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the last week of April in Istanbul. The main hosts were: Koç University Maritime Forum (KUDENFOR), Koç University Asia Centre (KUASIA), and the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK) of Turkey. Huaqiao University, China, was the main sponsor, supported by the Chinese Embassy. Other participants came from the academic and business community in Turkey, and representatives from the EU and other countries. I represented Gateway House. read more

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Germany’s New Global Role

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An earnestly, but objectively written, biography of the late prime minister gives credit where it has been denied: PVN was the principal architect of the economic reforms that put the country on a destiny-changing path of growth, while being up against a restless party, hostile Parliament, and an apathetic public.

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