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File photo of former Indian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale | PTI

India should presume that China negotiates to deceive, says former foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale

Tibet is the central point in India-China relations said Gokhale while discussing his book 'The Long Game: How the Chinese Negotiate with India'
File image of India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi | Photo: ANI

In dealing with China, India must address this fundamental contradiction

New Delhi needs clarity of thought and a national consensus on China. In the coming days, it will have to take a leaf out of the Chinese playbook.
Indian armed forces' personnel during PM Modi's visit to Leh, 3 July | PTI

More Galwans ahead? India doesn’t need to panic, yet

The seven years before Galwan saw a series of confrontations between Indian Army and PLA. Military and geography are on our side.
PM Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping met in Wuhan in April | @PMO/Twitter

Borders are at the heart of Xi Jinping’s ‘new era’

By escalating the military standoff in Ladakh, the PLA had hoped to keep the crisis restricted to western regions of Tibet and Xinjiang, but India’s response surprised Beijing.
Representational image of an army convoy moving towards Ladakh | File photo: ANI

One year since Galwan, India should wait and watch, but keep the powder dry

At the LAC, it is unlikely that China will withdraw beyond a point. Neither will India.
An Indian and Chinese flags at FlagSource workshop in Mumbai | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

India seeks ‘essential two-way travel’ to China, raises concern over denial of visas

According to MEA, even the Indian nationals who want to visit China and have met Beijing's vaccination criteria haven’t been given visas yet.
Jammu and Kashmir High Court | jkhighcourt.nic.in

Kargil Congress Councillor ‘demeaned armed forces’ but didn’t commit sedition, says J&K HC

LAHDC-K Councillor Zakir Hussain was charged with sedition and other offences under IPC in June last year for his comments on the Indian Army.
The ITBP K9 pups at the 'Naamkaran Ceremony' | ITBP

Meet Galwan, Rezang, Daulat, ITBP’s K9 warrior pups named after strategic locations along LAC

A video from the naming ceremony shows the pups being carried by servicemen and adorned with a red and green collar. They were knighted with a sword.
Indian Army soldiers atop a T-90 tank in Ladakh | Representational image: ANI

India has forced a stalemate in Ladakh. That’s a defeat for China

China will seek to clinch a disengagement agreement to achieve its political aim. India shouldn’t be in a hurry to agree to disengage or deescalate.
File image of a Chinese flag and an effigy of President Xi Jinping being burnt during a protest against the Galwan Valley clash, in Kolkata | Representational image | ANI

Galwan clash could have been planned by China, US Congress panel report says

The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission says some evidence suggested the Chinese govt had planned the incident, potentially including the possibility of fatalities.

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If anything is Angela Merkel’s legacy, it is her custodianship of the liberal world order

Whereas most other world leaders are “men of action” who go off like proverbial firecrackers when crises emerge, Merkel preferred to do her homework.

Bitcoin, Ether tumble as China declares all cryptocurrency transactions illegal

London: Bitcoin, Ether and other digital tokens tumbled as China intensified its push to rein in crypto speculation and mining. Bitcoin fell 7.8% to $41,220 as of 7:41 a.m. in New York. The losses were more severe in other coins, with Ether, EOS, Litecoin and Dash all falling more than 7%. Crypto-related stocks also came under pressure, with Marathon Digital Holdings Inc. tumbling 6% in U.S. pre-market trading. China’s central bank said all cryptocurrency-related transactions are illegal, according to a Q&A statement on PBOC’s website. It’s an urgent task for China to root out crypto mining and the crackdown is important to meet carbon goals, according to the guidelines on the website of the nation’s economic planning agency. Bitcoin looks headed toward the $40,000 level or lower, Fawad Razaqzada, an analyst at ThinkMarkets, warned. China’s strict approach is part of the reason why Bitcoin prices collapsed in May and have struggled to regain previous all-time highs above $60,000. “The risks are skewed to...

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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaks during the induction of a medium-range surface-to-air missile system (MRSAM), in Jaisalmer on 9 September 2021| PTI

Rajnath Singh talks ‘lessons’ from Taliban takeover, hits out at ‘irresponsible states’

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says turmoil in Afghanistan and the region is a result of 'aggressive designs and active support to non-state players'.

Does India matter? Yes, Kamala Harris’s ‘sermon’ to Modi reminds him why

Democracy is the most important of the 3 Ds Modi keeps listing. If that is damaged, India’s most powerful PM in five decades also gets publicly admonished, if gently, by US V-P.
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