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The Modi-Xi thaw has focused on trade, agriculture and tourism

The Modi-Xi thaw has focused on trade, agriculture and tourism rather than 'irritants' like border standoffs, Tibet, and the outlawing of Pakistan terror outfits.

Can an elephant
join the dragon boat race?

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

As America retreats from the world stage, an India-China partnership could reshape global trade and political alignments. Both face pressures at home that would hobble lesser countries. And they have much in common. more…

The case for judicial reform in India

Indian Supreme Court, senior justices speak out for transparency and accountability

Why are top judges kept out of the loop on constitutional matters?

JUSTICE AP SHAH
NEW DELHI

Justice AP Shah, former chief justice of the Delhi High Court, makes a powerful case for legal transparency. more…

Give peace a chance - a Nobel for students?

The umbrella protests brought Hong Kong to a halt late 2014 - police clear the debris

Grinning protester flashes the V sign, December 2014 - Photo: Vijay Verghese

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

Why a few US congressmen are on the wrong side of history in citing a young Hong Kong trio for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. more…

An Aye for an Aye - online click storm

Google office at Mountain View California - how Internet giants are reshaping our world, for better and worse

Google office at Mountain View California. Where is it leading us?

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

The Internet, led by Google and Facebook, was once a force for good. What happened? The online click-storm affects us all. more…

The 21st Century Animal Farm

It is irrelevant whether the leaders are despots or democrats — what preoccupies them ultimately is how to secure power

Is India turning into an Orwellian Animal Farm?

VENKATESAN RAMANI
NEW DELHI

The more things appear to change the less they change. The entrenched role of 'influentials' in India's vote-bank politics. more…

If the money's right

How much do world leaders get paid to shake hands and smile on TV? Quite a bit, it turns out, but not if you're at the helm of the world's most populated country. Trump to donate his entire 2017 earnings? Read more

Fire in the sky

As the heated exchange between Pyongyang and the USA continues, by October, 2017, North Korea had fired a staggering 22 missiles over the year. Read more

Weighty bad loans

Chinese and Indian banks are racking up bad loans despite efforts at regulation. China's Big Four had just under US$112 billion in bad loans - a climb of 4.6% year on year end June 2017. Read more

The siege of the Taj Mahal - whose tears?

The Taj Mahal, an ode to love, is under threat from the Hindu fundamentalist BJP party in India

The Taj Mahal, an ode to love, is under siege - Photo: Vijay Verghese

SHASHI THAROOR
NEW DELHI

As the BJP redefines India as a Hindu nation long subjugated by foreigners, attacks on the Taj are mounting. more…

Kim-Trump summit

Is it a chance for finally ensuring peace or is Trump being played? Then there's John Bolton... See world opinion

MeToo and three ladies

As the battle of the sexes hots up the American presidency enters the debate and sozzled travellers ponder what exactly is politically correct. more…