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Strategy behind China’s foreign military bases

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BusinessLine China recently released its latest White Paper on National Defence which evokes much concern in India’s security bureaucracy. The Indian Navy Chief has made a public pronouncement in response to the White Paper given the maritime dimensions to Ind... More »

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All you wanted to know about… Foreign sovereign bonds

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BusinessLine There has been a lot of noise around foreign sovereign bonds ever since the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed to raise part of the Indian government’s borrowings in the external markets in other currencies. While there has been heated d... More »

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Foreign policy in an uncertain world

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BusinessLine Prime Minister Modi’s first-term was marked by his placing his own distinctive stamp on the conduct of Indian foreign policy. Just a few weeks preceding commencement of the general election campaign, he received a message of greetings from Preside... More »

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No Hindutva orientation in foreign policy

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BusinessLine Shortly before the 2014 elections, Narendra Modi — at that time practically a novice in foreign affairs — stated in an interview that “my Hindutva face will be an asset when dealing with foreign affairs with other nations.” This statement might ha... More »

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The euphoria over foreign investments is misplaced

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BusinessLine Recently, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu declared that India is doing well on the foreign direct investment front and that he is confident of raising the annual inflow of FDI from around $40 billion to $100 billion by 2020. This meant that he con... More »

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Why foreign portfolio flows will stay erratic

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BusinessLine Most stock market commentators are extremely optimistic and attempt to find a silver lining to every bad news. If rupee crashes, they see value in tech stocks, if rupee gains, they turn bullish on importers. If monsoon is erratic, construction sto... More »

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Foreign trade in a tough neighbourhood

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BusinessLine Improving economic ties with smaller neighbours was one of the major objectives of the Modi government. The government’s outreach to its neighbours included initiatives such as Prime Ministerial visits, resolving long pending issues like Land Boun... More »

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To accept foreign aid or not

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BusinessLine Questions everyone is looking for answers to, post Kerala floods, are: What is the current policy on accepting aid from foreign governments for natural disaster management? And, can a foreign government directly donate money to a State in India? T... More »

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Testing times for foreign students in US

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BusinessLine In 2015, there were 1.13 million foreigners studying in the US, a record, having grown more than 50 per cent from 2010, which was 50 per cent higher than from 2005. Foreign students — nearly half of them from China and India alone — have been floc... More »

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Paying the price for accumulation of foreign debt

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BusinessLine Recent months have been marked by an exit of foreign investors from India’s financial markets, triggered by the end of quantitative easing in the US and Europe and hikes in policy interest rates in the former. This has resulted over the last few w... More »

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India’s foreign policy on show

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BusinessLine Inviting all ten leaders of Asean to the Republic Day celebrations is a neat diplomatic move to deal with the China factor When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1992, and India’s economy was heading into what appeared to be an irrevocable tailspin, w... More »

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What’s wrong with the foreign investor appetite?

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BusinessLine The fall in portfolio inflows into equity may suggest foreign investment flows into India have peaked. But debt markets indicate otherwise. And that may not be good news September 11, 2017:   The sharp rise in foreign investment inflows into India... More »