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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.
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Chinese troops yet to return to pre-April positions, Army says LAC disengagement ‘intricate’

In a statement, Army also said both sides have agreed to discuss ‘complete disengagement’ in Ladakh, but the process will require ‘constant verification’.
An Army convoy moves along the Srinagar-Leh National highway, in Ganderbal district of Central Kashmir, 17 June, 2020. | PTI

China rolls out new cheap and lightweight howitzers amid tensions at LAC

The howitzers are designed for rugged terrains and border regions. They also have an edge in engine speed, endurance and flexibility, especially in Himalayan border areas.
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How India and China stack up in terms of military capability

India has the third highest defence expenditure in the world, but China spends nearly four times more. It also has greater air and naval strength.
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How Modi govt plans to reopen schools once lockdown is lifted 

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
Representational image of the Indian Army in Ladakh | ANI File Photo

China has definitely crossed India’s Lakshman rekha but it won’t lead to 1962 again

Modi govt has brushed China's construction in Doklam under the carpet. Indians have managed to sustain the fiction of ‘victory’ at Doklam.
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China increases defence budget to $179 billion, nearly three times that of India

The 2020 China's defence budget continues to see single-digit growth for a fifth consecutive year. It is the lowest growth rate in recent years.
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PLA SSF: Why China will be ahead of everyone in future cyber, space or information warfare

The humiliation in the 1996 Taiwan Strait Crisis and the 1999 bombing of Belgrade embassy compelled China to rework its armed forces. Out came SSF in 2015.
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China’s military–civil fusion policy has far-reaching implications for universities

More and more Chinese universities are becoming integrated with China’s military apparatus, security agencies and nuclear weapons programme.
File photo | Narendra Modi with China president Xi Jinping in New Delhi | Graham Crouch | Bloomberg

With ‘Him Vijay’ & Mountain Strike Corps, India can alter the way China border is managed

Indian Army's Mountain Strike Corps signals a historic shift in the way India defines deterrence in its relationship with China.

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Don’t ignore the good news on Covid-19 from Asia

The perception of an Asian advantage often falls prey to essentialist thinking — that somehow the East's values, politics and culture is letting it do things the West can't.
An Airbus Group SE A320neo passenger jet operated by IndiGo

IndiGo to trim fleet size over 2 years as Covid pandemic rages on

IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta said the airline hasn’t engaged in any 'major renegotiation' with Airbus SE on new deliveries, but it will keep returning as many as 40 older planes a year.

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An army convoy moving towards the Zojilla pass in Drass (representational image) | ANI

These are the measures China has proposed to ease tensions at LAC in Ladakh

Over a series of meetings, China has made several suggestions to de-escalate tensions at the border, but India has rejected them since they boost Beijing's strategic position.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.