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The big 2+2 talks takeaway: China has brought India and US much closer

US vows to bring India into NSG, turn blind eye to Delhi building Iran port & buying Russian missiles. In turn, it wants India to up defence purchases.
Donald Trump and Narendra Modi standing in front of podiums, with the flags of The USA and India behind them.

India and US are holding their first 2+2 dialogue. Here’s all you need to know

China will be at the front and centre of this conversation, even though neither side openly says so.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

US, Pakistan vow to ‘reset’ relations from scratch after ugly spat over fighting terror

In the 17-year conflict in Afghanistan, American officials have often accused Pakistan of supporting militant groups that undermine the war effort.

Missing Dubai princess: Amnesty accuses India of violating human rights, wants Coast Guard probed

Rights group says Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum, who sought asylum, was intercepted by coast guard commandos off Goa coast and handed over to UAE.
Trump

Trump’s face cannot stop America’s receding economic power from shifting to Asia

His lack of attendance at Asia-Pacific summits reflects a trend that has been building for years.
Donald Trump

Bob Woodward’s White House expose just made the India-US talks more interesting

The book quotes US defence secretary Jim Mattis as calling Trump a fifth-grader. What does the chaos in the White House mean for India?
The S-400 air defence system | Commons

In historic US-India talks, focus is on China & not Russian missiles Modi govt is eyeing

The Americans believe that now’s not the time to corner Delhi, especially as the acquisition of Russian S-400 missiles is going to take quite long.
Xi Jinping

Arabs turn blind eye to persecution of Chinese Muslims because of Beijing’s power

As Xi Jinping’s BRI becomes China’s pet project, there is a dramatic escalation in the country’s persecution of the Uyghurs.
PM Modi in Kathmandu

Modi govt beats China in high-stakes battle over dam in Nepal

After India’s refusal to buy hydropower from a Chinese project in Nepal, the Chinese company leading the project scrapped it.
US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Wikimedia Commons

2+2 dialogue a ‘major opportunity’ to work on diplomatic, security issues with India: US

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis are travelling to New Delhi for the 2+2 dialogue with their Indian counterparts.

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Xi Jinping Wuhan

US’ decoupling from China has begun. Modi govt must work to minimise India’s losses

Modi govt does not appear to recognise that international politics is spiralling towards a ‘soft war’ where all issues are linked to security and political interests.
Indian currency

Troubled NBFCs begin to show signs of revival after stimulus

Sound health of NBFCs is vital because they form backbone of Indian economy in lending to wide range of borrowers from small merchants to business giants.

Defence

IAF chief R.K. Bhadauria takes a sortie in HTT-40 last November | Twitter | @HALHQBLR

Defence Ministry clears purchase of indigenous basic trainer aircraft, upgrade of Israeli UAVs

HAL acquisition among projects worth Rs 8,722.38 crore to be cleared. The upgrade of Israeli Heron UAVs will include arming them, a need being pushed due to stand-off with China.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.