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Deputy Chief of the Russian mission Roman Babushkin said Russia encourages both sides in advancing their ties at common multilateral platforms like BRICS, SCO and RIC.
De-escalation before disengagement could give China an advantage as it can move troops back much faster than India due to its better infrastructure.
With disengagement still incomplete in some areas almost a year since LAC stand-off began, Army is ensuring there are ‘adequate’ troops in Ladakh.
Following the latest Corps Commander meet, India says 'situation is perfectly fine' but notes that complete disengagement will be a tedious, long process.
Since last year, India & China have completed disengagement at Galwan Valley, where a clash left 20 Indian soldiers dead in June, and Pangong Tso, the latter executed earlier this year.
Former Indian diplomat Gautam Bambawale says India can’t decouple trade, investment etc. from the kind of political and military exchanges it has with China.
Modi govt is learnt to have decided to present itself as an ‘alternative to China’ in providing quality defence items to nations in Indian Ocean Region, ASEAN.
Govt is looking at ‘speeding up’ small proposals — particularly in manufacturing sector — while big-ticket investment plans, including those in sensitive sectors, remain on hold.
The study, which was reported by New York Times, raises doubts on whether a recent massive power outage in Mumbai was meant as a message from Beijing.
During talks with India, Chinese officials have — unofficially — given contradictory figures for their Galwan clash casualties. China has officially acknowledged 4 deaths.