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Sep 18, 2014

China not warlike, says Xi, as border standoff dominates India trip

NEW DELHI, Sept 18 (Reuters) – A standoff between Indian and
Chinese soldiers overshadowed a visit to New Delhi by Chinese
President Xi Jinping on Thursday, with a $20 billion investment
pledge eclipsed by robust comments from India’s new Prime
Minister Narendra Modi about the dispute.

Modi and Xi emerged from a long meeting to address reporters
soon after officials confirmed that soldiers had pulled back
from their positions on a plateau in the western Himalayas that
is claimed by both nations.

Sep 18, 2014

Border standoff dominates China Xi’s visit to India

NEW DELHI, Sept 18 (Reuters) – A standoff between Indian and
Chinese soldiers overshadowed a visit to New Delhi by China’s
President Xi Jinping on Thursday, with a $20 billion investment
pledge eclipsed by robust comments from India’s new Prime
Minister Narendra Modi about the dispute.

Modi and Xi emerged from a long meeting to address a news
conference shortly after officials confirmed that the soldiers
had pulled back from their positions in a barren area of the
Ladakh plateau in the western Himalayas claimed by both nations.

Sep 18, 2014

Border standoff casts shadow on China Xi’s visit to India

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian and Chinese soldiers faced off on a Himalayan plateau on Thursday, dampening the bonhomie around a rare visit by China’s President Xi Jingping to New Delhi and a reminder of problems underlying growing commercial ties.

A meeting between brigadier-level army officials in the Ladakh plateau in the western Himalayas on Monday did not result in soldiers retreating from positions held for more than a week in a dispute over construction in the border region.

Sep 16, 2014

India should be more proactive on Tibet: Dalai Lama aide on eve of China Xi visit

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India should be more proactive when it comes to the issue of Tibetan autonomy, an aide to the Dalai Lama said, after the spiritual leader was asked to reschedule an event to avoid it clashing with Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s visit to India.

Tempa Tsering, the Dalai Lama’s representative in New Delhi, said Tibetan exiles were grateful to India for years of refuge, but that it was time the country took a stronger stance with its neighbor China.

Sep 15, 2014

India tightens Vietnam defence, oil ties ahead of China Xi’s visit

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India extended a $100 million export credit to Vietnam for defence deals and tightened energy ties on Monday, signaling a more confident foreign policy ahead of a visit this week by China’s President Xi Jinping.

India’s new accords with one of China’s rivals for influence in the South China Sea came as Xi visited the nearby islands of Sri Lanka and the Maldives, a reminder of the geostrategic jostling that is becoming an increasing feature in Asia.

Sep 5, 2014
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‘Love Jihad’ and religious conversion polarize in Modi’s India

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(People take part in a religion conversion ceremony from Christianity to Hinduism at Hasayan town in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi )

Fired up and full of vitriol, Hindu activist Rajeshwar Singh is on a mission to end centuries of religious diversity in India, one conversion at a time.

Sep 4, 2014

Insight – ‘Love Jihad’ and religious conversion polarise in Modi’s India

HASAYAN India (Reuters) – Fired up and full of vitriol, Hindu activist Rajeshwar Singh is on a mission to end centuries of religious diversity in India, one conversion at a time.

His voice echoing off the walls of a Protestant church across a narrow street, Singh railed against foreign faiths at an event last week to convert a Christian family to Hinduism in the rural town of Hasayan, 140 km (87 miles) south of Delhi.

Jul 25, 2014

India threatens to derail WTO deal, prompts angry U.S. rebuke

NEW DELHI/GENEVA (Reuters) – India threatened on Friday to block a worldwide reform of custom rules, which some estimates say could add $1 trillion to the global economy and create 21 million jobs, prompting a U.S. warning that its demands could kill global trade reform efforts.

Diplomats from the 160 World Trade Organization member countries meeting in Geneva had been meant to rubber stamp a deal on “trade facilitation” that was agreed at talks in Bali last December in the WTO’s first ever global trade agreement.

Jul 25, 2014

India seeks ‘visible outcomes’ on food subsidies as WTO deadline looms

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India will find it difficult to support new global customs rules without “an assurance and visible outcomes” that a permanent solution is being negotiated over its concerns about public food stockholdings, the trade minister said on Friday.

Diplomats from the 160 World Trade Organisation member countries were supposed to rubber stamp a deal on “trade facilitation” on Thursday that was agreed at talks in Bali last December in the WTO’s first ever global trade agreement.

Jul 9, 2014

First budget test of India Modi’s reform mettle

NEW DELHI, July 10 (Reuters) – India’s Prime Minister
Narendra Modi faces the first major test of his reform
credentials on Thursday, when his fresh-faced government
presents its maiden budget amid early doubts about his
willingness to make unpopular decisions.

Modi, 63, won a landslide general election victory in May
with a pledge to boost growth and create jobs for the 1 million
people who enter India’s workforce every month.