Articles by Ravi Buddhavarapu

Defense business news May 20, 2022

North Korea could launch a missile or nuclear test to 'overshadow' Biden's first Asia trip
Ravi Buddhavarapu

North Korea could launch an intercontinental missile test or even a nuclear test to try to overshadow U.S. President Joe Biden's upcoming visit to South Korea, an expert told CNBC on Friday. "They've already done two intercontinental ballistic missile tests earlier this year and we've been seeing tu . . .

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Defense business news May 18, 2022

Turkey will eventually relent on Finland and Sweden joining NATO, says former Finnish PM
Ravi Buddhavarapu

Finland's former prime minister is confident that Turkey's opposition to Sweden and Finland joining NATO will be diplomatically "sorted out." However, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has opposed the membership of Sweden and Finland, citing concerns over the two nations' support to separatist . . .

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Defense business news May 13, 2022

China should heed 'strong Western response' to Russia's war, says ex-diplomat
Ravi Buddhavarapu

China should consider the West's strong response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine in its own calculations on Taiwan, a former Singaporean diplomat told CNBC on Friday. China claims self-ruled Taiwan as part of its territory, even though the island has been governed independently of China since 194 . . .

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Defense Finland business news May 12, 2022

Finland and Sweden joining NATO will help deter Russia, says security analyst
Ravi Buddhavarapu

A decision by Finland and Sweden to join NATO will improve deterrence against Russia in northern Europe and add to the U.S.-led military alliance's security, one analyst from Atlantic Council told CNBC on Thursday. "NATO membership would strengthen Finland's security. As a member of NATO, Finland wo . . .

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Defense Politics business news May 12, 2022

Biden hosts Southeast Asian leaders at the White House today. Here's what to expect
Ravi Buddhavarapu

Southeast Asian leaders will this week head to Washington DC for a summit with US President Joe Biden, here seen participating virtually in the previous ASEAN Summit from the White House in Washington DC in October 2021. Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a bloc of 10 c . . .

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Defense Elections business news May 12, 2022

Will new Philippine president Marcos Jr. pivot toward China? Analysts are divided
Ravi Buddhavarapu

Veejay Villafranca/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesIt appears all but certain that Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the namesake son of the late dictator, will become the Philippines' next president. A Marcos Jr. presidency would be vastly different from the six years under President Rodrigo Duterte, said Victor Man . . .

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Elections business news May 09, 2022

Marcos Jr. poised to win as millions begin voting in the Philippine presidential polls
Ravi Buddhavarapu

Ferdinand Marcos Jr. appears poised to be the next president of the Philippines as millions began voting on Monday, under the watchful eyes of thousands of security forces after violence claimed four lives over the weekend. According to one of the latest opinion polls, the 64-year-old namesake son o . . .

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Asia Economy Politics Defense business news May 06, 2022

In the Philippines, presidential frontrunner Bongbong seeks to rebrand Marcos' brutal legacy
Ravi Buddhavarapu

Marcos Jr seen here addressing a rally in suburban Manila in April. Today, his son Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr., 64, is the frontrunner to replace outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte and reclaim the presidency for the Marcos family. Bongbong, as he is popularly known, was 15 when his father imposed . . .

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World economy Asia Economy Economy business news May 05, 2022

India's high inflation will likely persist despite surprise rate hike, says economist
Ravi Buddhavarapu

Inflation in India will likely continue to trend above 6% for the rest of this year despite this week's surprise rate hike, senior economist at Kotak Mahindra Bank, Upasana Bhardwaj, told CNBC on Thursday. The Reserve Bank of India on Wednesday surprised markets by raising the key borrowing rate for . . .

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Asia Economy Politics business news Apr 20, 2022

Sri Lanka opposition chief says he's 'cautiously optimistic' about vote to oust government
Ravi Buddhavarapu

Opposition parties in crisis-wracked Sri Lanka are "cautiously optimistic" about winning enough votes to oust the government appointed of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Leader of the Opposition, Sajith Premadasa, told CNBC. It all depends on our power to persuade," said Premadasa, who heads the S . . .

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