Italy leaves BRI

Mapping   Source: BBC  Context: Italy, the only major Western nation to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2019, has confirmed its withdrawal from the project ahead of the year-end deadline. The BRI, a massive trade and infrastructure initiative, has faced criticism, with the US labelling it “debt-trap diplomacy.”  

India and Italy elevate ties to strategic partnership

GS Paper 2  Syllabus: India’s bilateral relations   Source: TH   Context: Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is on a visit to India. In recent years, India-Italy relation has been mired by the MB Enrica Lexie case (In February 2012, two Indian fishermen were killed off the coast of Kerala, India, aboard St. Antony. Two Italian marines …