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As Trump goes back on commitments, nations wonder if US is still a reliable ally

India will have to fashion its policies amid this multi-polar flux as US allies chalk up new strategies and partnerships.
Imran Khan and Xi Jinping

Why Pakistan doesn’t have to choose between traditional ally US and newer friend China

Pakistan must learn to live in South Asia without becoming a vassal of surging India. Otherwise, it risks becoming an asterisk in future atlases.
Suhasini Haidar

India’s foreign policy needs strategic autonomy and more ambition, experts say

Journalist Suhasini Haidar and former Indian ambassador to Myanmar Gautam Mukhopadhyay were speaking at session hosted by Centre for Policy Research.
George Soros

The importance of being George Soros – billionaire with own foreign policy

As the world scrambles to regulate George Soros, the Hugarian-American investor continues to cheat the system to fund philanthropic projects.
India-Nepal ties

Foreign aid to Nepal & Maldives gets big boost as Modi govt puts ‘Neighbourhood First’

African nations, including Mauritius, also received a boost in Indian aid in Nirmala Sitharaman's maiden Budget presented Friday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani in New Delhi | Shahbaz Khan/PTI

India must change its risk-averse stand on Afghanistan, given new Russia-Pak-China bonhomie

India has maintained a policy of not engaging with the Taliban and pressing for an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace initiative.

How capable is India’s foreign policy — IFS officers cover the base but MEA needs fixing

India is relatively strong at the level of individual competence but weak at the organisational and systemic levels.
Worl leaders at the SCO Summit

Sandwiched between Xi, Putin, Imran in Bishkek, Modi learnt an important political lesson

Modi must realise that world leaders like Xi, Putin and Imran are not cut from the same cloth as Rahul Gandhi.
PM Narendra Modi addresses media at the Rashtrapati Bhavan

Modi’s choice of Jaishankar and Doval shows days of powerful joint secretaries are over

Modi wants quick decisions in foreign policy and here’s four reasons why he picked Doval and Jaishankar.
PM Narendra Modi addresses a BJP rally in Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu

What Modi govt does with Pakistan the coming week will define its next 5 years

Nobody can take Modi for granted. He is capable of upsetting the apple-cart, demolishing status quo and spoiling carefully laid-out plans.

On Camera

File image of PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping | Wikimedia Commons

China’s on India’s side in Pangong, Hot Springs. ‘Difference in perception’ line suits it

China has, over the years, specialised in salami slicing. In Sept 2017, then Army chief Bipin Rawat had cautioned that China was silently taking over territory.

Harsh Vardhan questions Delhi govt: Is Arvind Kejriwal failing in handling Covid-19 crisis?

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday raised concerns about rising Covid cases and low testing levels in Delhi.

Defence

File image of soldiers of the Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army | Photo: ANI

India, China army commanders to meet tomorrow. These are the issues 14 Corps chief will raise

14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh is scheduled to meet China’s Southern Xinjiang Military District chief at Chushul-Moldo border personnel meeting point Saturday.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.