Saturday, 22 January, 2022

Topic: 2+2

Why Rajnath raised China’s Ladakh aggression at 2+2 dialogue with Beijing’s friend Russia

India and Russia’s maiden 2+2 dialogue comes at a time when New Delhi’s ties with Washington are on an upswing while its oldest ally — Moscow — gets closer to Beijing.   

Will Pompeo’s Asia trip help arrest China influence? It’s not a one-day match, say experts

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Asia was perceived as a US bid to bolster Indo-Pacific cooperation and and thereby arrest Beijing’s influence in the region.

Here is why US changed Rajnath Singh’s statement on ‘reckless aggression’ by China

Both the US State and Defense departments have added footnotes to the transcripts they released on Rajnath Singh’s remarks at 2+2. The State Department has also updated the text.

China’s ‘aggressive behaviour’ should push like-minded countries to work together, says US

Ahead of the 2+2 ministerial meet in Delhi next week, the Trump administration says Quad is neither an alliance nor an exclusive grouping.

Maldives to Moscow — India prepares for brave new Biden world after Modi-Trump bonhomie

US’ Pompeo and Esper are flying down for the ‘2+2’ dialogue — something they could have done virtually. Shows depth of Modi-Trump ties.

India, US set to hold 2+2 talks, defence cooperation pact likely on agenda amid LAC standoff

New Delhi and Washington are likely to sign defence foundational pact BECA during the 2+2 meeting that has been in the works since July.

Modi improving ties with China may give India more elbow room with Trump

Recent remarks by BJP’s Ram Madhav are an indication of the Modi government’s desire to improve the mood music with China.

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File photo of students protesting against the reservation in Bandra | Representational image | ANI Photo

Indian drawing room talk on ‘merit’ stands demolished by Supreme Court NEET ruling

Supreme Court's explanation on the constitutional validity of OBC quota in NEET rejects commonly held views of dominant castes who are blind to India's social realities.
A visual representation of the digital Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin alongside US dollars | Photo: Dan Kitwood | Getty Images via Bloomberg

Joe Biden administration set to put itself at centre of US cryptocurrency policy

An executive order is being drafted which will soon set in place a govt strategy empowering US federal agencies to assess risks and opportunities posed by the digital assets.


German Navy chief Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach | Twitter: @chiefdeunavy

China ‘not that nice country’, giving money to dictators & killers: German Navy chief in India

Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach later issued a clarification, saying comments were his 'personal view' and not German defence ministry's, and expressing them was a 'mistake'.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.