The following remarks were given by Rajiv Bhatia, Distinguished Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, Gateway House as chair of the session on Tourism Cooperation at Delhi Dialogue X on July 20, 2018
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Yuan Peng, Vice President, and Dr. HU Shisheng, director, respectively of the Institute of South & Southeast Asian and Oceanian Studies, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, Beijing, spoke to Gateway House about working towards ‘the final goal of denuclearisation’, India-China relations since the Doklam stand-off and addressing security concerns raised by the Belt and Road Initiative
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Distinguished Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at Gateway House, Amb. Rajiv Bhatia, joined reporter Ashok Shrivastav on DD News to discuss Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. Watch the segment here or below (from 10:35):
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