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A security guard takes the temperature of a man wearing a protective mask at an entrance to a fresh produce market in Shanghai, China, on 15 February 2020 | Photo: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

‘State of emergency’ in Beijing as it records 13 Covid cases since 14 Dec after 134-day lull

Local authorities have said Beijing requires 'all districts, departments and companies to enter a state of emergency' and adopt more stringent measures to check Covid spread.
A file photo of Ashley J. Tellis, Senior Fellow at think-tank Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. | Photo: YouTube

Indian response to Chinese aggression in Ladakh has been very good, says scholar Ashley Tellis

New Delhi: India’s response to Chinese aggression in eastern Ladakh has been very good so far even though it got off to a bad start because of not being able to detect the initial incursions until they had occurred, strategic scholar Ashley J. Tellis has said. Speaking to ThePrint’s Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta at the latest edition of Off The Cuff Friday, Tellis said, “The fact that India has brought up its forces to the front and refused to succumb to Chinese efforts to impose a fait accompli, I think should send a signal to Xi that this is not going to be a walkover.” According to Tellis, who is a Senior Fellow at think-tank Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, President Xi Jinping’s attempt to complete Beijing’s reunification project and “rightfully” secure what he believes has always belonged to China is the reason behind Chinese aggression in eastern Ladakh. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBEL-z5_6AA Explaining the reasons behind Chinese...
A view of the Chumi Gyatse falls on the India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh. | Photo: Special arrangement

This Arunachal waterfall near LAC is being developed for tourism. But China ‘keeping an eye’

Arunachal govt & Army looking to improve infrastructure at Chumi Gyatse Falls, also known as Holy Waterfalls. Local residents say the Chinese have not created any problem so far.
Xi welcomed outside capital into his signature project. | Bloomberg

China trying to build soft power, but its voice outside is brittle and wooden

In ‘The Ultimate Goal’, former R&AW Chief Vikram Sood writes on how Chinese leaders presume the main method of exercising soft power is through state institutions.
The Chinese flag (representational image) | Pixabay

China has more than doubled its military positions at LAC since Doklam, new report says

China is constructing at least 13 new military positions near its borders with India, including 3 air bases and 5 heliports, says a Stratfor report.
File photo of China President Xi Jinping | Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

China has a ‘win-win’ game plan. India’s app ban and new weapons won’t change that

The Wuhan and Mamallapuram summit diplomacy did not change the Communist Party of China’s policy towards India. And New Delhi just lost time.   
A file photo of Gideon Rachman, chief foreign affairs commentator, Financial Times. | Photo: Commons

China may have ‘underestimated’ strength of Indian reaction, FT’s Gideon Rachman says

At ThePrint's OTC, Financial Times chief foreign affairs commentator Gideon Rachman says Beijing has alienated a very large neighbour that is India.
Travelers wearing protective masks wait for the airport shuttle to arrive at Sanyuanqiao Subway Station in Beijing | Photographer: Giulia Marchi | Bloomberg

Beijing just reported zero Covid cases. Here’s how they turned it around

The city of more than 20 million people appears to have quelled a flare-up that infected 335 people, with infections down from 36 a day at its peak in mid-June.
PM Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping | Commons

India must keep Beijing on tenterhooks, and wisely use its economic statecraft

A knee jerk disruption in trade ties will hurt Indian businesses, especially at a time when the economy is beginning to re-adjust to the new normal of Covid-19.
A security guard takes the temperature of a man wearing a protective mask at an entrance to a fresh produce market in Shanghai, China, on 15 February 2020 | Photo: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

Beijing outbreak shows how the silent Covid can come roaring back

Beijing's patient zero in the second outbreak proved that the virus could be hiding in plain sight despite months of social distancing, testing and quarantining.

On Camera

File photo | PM Narendra Modi virtually launches pan-India rollout of COVID-19 vaccination drive, in New Delhi, Saturday, Jan. 16 | PTI

Modi is the modern-day CEO of India — his vaccine leadership is proof

Vaccine diplomacy, which Modi is sure to deploy, will fetch India collateral benefits with Nepal, Bangladesh and other neighbours if we handle our domestic needs well.
File Photo of RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das

Financial stability is a public good, need to preserve it — Shaktikanta Das

Speaking at the 39th Nani Palkhivala memorial lecture, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das delivered a speech on the need for a stable financial system in India. Read the full text here:

Defence

An Indian Railways goods train in New Delhi | Photo: ANI

All about Mil Rail — Railways wing whose officer received an Army award for the first time

Group ‘C’ officer Amresh Kumar Choudhary, who was closely involved in managing operations in the aftermath of Pulwama attack, was conferred Chief of Army Staff Commendation Friday.

Neither ‘udta’ nor ‘padhta’ Punjab. Question is how India’s no. 1 state in 2003 fell to 13

Punjab, once India’s richest state, has slipped and fallen behind. MSP and subsidies should continue, but it needs to rediscover its entrepreneurial impulse.