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China reacts guardedly to Japan-America-India partnership

Beijing hopes that such cooperation will promote mutual trust and cooperation in this region and play a constructive role, said China. Beijing: China on Monday reacted cautiously to the first trilateral summit between the leaders of Japan, America and India, saying it "remained open" to normal cooperation between them, and hoped they will play a constructive role in promoting peace in the region. The first meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was held on Friday on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires in Argentina. Modi described the Japan-America-India partnership as JAI. The meeting assumed importance in the backdrop of China expanding its influence in the Indo-Pacific region. Asked how China views the meeting between the three leaders, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told the media, "We remain open to the normal cooperation among relevant parties. "We hope such cooperation will promote mutual...
Leaders of BRICS at the 10th summit | PTI

In face of Donald Trump’s protectionist push, BRICS bats for multilateral trade

Chinese President Xi Jinping called on member states to reject protectionism 'outright'.
People's Liberation Army

Report about China extending road in Doklam is ‘incorrect’, say Army & MEA

After last year’s stand-off, India has drawn a ‘red line’ near Torsa Nullah that cuts through the Doklam Plateau in Bhutan.
PM Modi said relations with Africa were India's top priority

India & Africa to strengthen cooperation to combat terror: PM Modi

He also says the partnership currently includes establishment of 180 Lines of Credit amounting to $11 billion in over 40 African countries.
Narendra Modi departs for a three-nation tour to Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa | YouTube

South Africa rejects demand by Kashmir groups to arrest Narendra Modi for ‘war crimes’

PM scheduled to visit the country for BRICS summit; SA’s prosecuting agency says UN report ‘inadequate’ for legal action
President Xi Jinping and PM Narendra Modi

India-China ties cannot afford another Doklam, says Chinese envoy

Luo Zhaohui said that both the countries should narrow their differences and adopt confidence-building measures.
Vladimir Putin and Narendra Modi | Twitter

Modi realises he still needs Putin as the world order is turning upside down

The Prime Minister's decision to make a standalone visit to Russia at this stage is a reflection of the country’s importance in the bilateral, regional and global context.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meets Chinese President Xi Jinping

Friends with limited benefits: China won’t save Pakistan during crises of its own making

There are areas where, although China is willing to spend political capital on Pakistan’s behalf, it doesn’t like being repeatedly put in the position where it has to do so.
Arun Jaitley on Modi Government's policies towards rural India| PTI

EoDB ranking is a thumbnail that reveals too little

Voters, politicians and investors should be clear about what the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business rankings say and don't say. 
Two men working in a food stall in Pune

India has failed to tap its human capital, ranks 103rd in World Economic Forum index

The Global Human Capital Index sees India finish 103rd among 130 countries, behind Sri Lanka and Nepal, and just ahead of Bangladesh and Pakistan. In a scathing commentary on how India is handling its demographic dividend, the World Economic Forum’s Global Human Capital Index 2017 has ranked India 103rd among a list of 130 countries. India stands at the bottom of the heap among the G20 nations, is the lowest among BRICS nations, and stands painted in a corner even in South Asia. Dragged down by its poor labour participation and one the most gaping employment gender gaps, India is found to be struggling against huge challenges, even though there are signs that it is now moving in the right direction. Parameters and performance The Global Human Capital Index 2017 ranks 130 countries on how well they are developing their human capital on a scale from 0 (worst) to 100 (best). The rankings are...

On Camera

Dead men talking

Reporting on Lanka's blood-soaked years, I watched names disappear from my notebook.
crash

Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

Defence

File photo of commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Vimal Verma | By special arrangement

Bimal Verma files petition against KB Singh’s appointment as next Navy chief

He filed a petition in the Armed Forces Tribunal and contended that it should call for the service records of both him and Vice Admiral KB Singh and compare them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.