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China share in India imports up 5% points in April-July over last year, despite overall decline

Trade experts say India’s dependence on China for items like APIs for medicines will continue, but not-essentials like toys & plastics could be cut back.
PM Narendra Modi at a rally in Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi

India is losing the battle — 5 things Modi must do to rescue his image and China policy

Several rounds of military-level talks and conversations led by Foreign Minister Jaishankar and NSA Ajit Doval have produced zilch.
Representational image for India-China relations | File photo: Bloomberg

Balancing LAC tension with economic strategy — How India can walk the tightrope against China

Customs Act allows Modi govt to prohibit imports from China. But the law's compatibility with WTO norms brings legal hurdles. That's where Atmanirbhar Abhiyan comes in.
Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator, Financial Times

India can’t replace China at manufacturing, not without paying more: Economics commentator Martin Wolf

In conversation with ThePrint's Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta, Chief Economics Commentator at The Financial Times, Martin Wolf discussed India's fiscal deficit, banking sector and its potential in the global market.
An employee walks past gantry cranes loading shipping containers onto trucks from the Cosco New York container ship docked at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port, operated by Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), in Navi Mumbai. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Why India’s growing economic reliance on China will be tough to break

India buys everything from electronics to key drug ingredients to industrial machinery from China and reducing that reliance won’t be easy, experts say.
Union Minister for Road Transport and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari | Photo: ANI

Gadkari and other ministers’ different voices on India-China trade cause confusion

Modi govt departments and ministries seem to be taking different approaches to calls for ‘boycotting China’ and ‘self-reliance’ since Galwan clash.
There have been numerous calls to boycott Chinese goods in India since 20 soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley along the LAC in Ladakh | Photo: ANI

India working to restrict Chinese goods, investments since before Galwan, Covid: Officials

Modi govt has been working on a multi-pronged strategy since walking out of RCEP last year. LAC incident has only pushed the process, says top official.
The road at Khab that leads up to the Shipki-La Pass | Wikimedia commons

No India–China trade through Himachal’s Shipki-La this year as Covid fear keeps traders away

Himachal officials blame Covid-19 for Indian traders not seeking permits but refuse to comment on whether the LAC situation also played a part.
The BRO project in Uttarakhand will now allow pilgrims to travel to Lipulekh Pass by road | ANI | Twitter

Indian traders to skip annual border trade with China via Lipulekh pass due to Covid-19

Border trade between the countries resumed in 1992 after remaining suspended for decades after the 1962 India-China War and takes place between June-October every year.
Thomas Friedman at the World Economic Forum in 2013 | Wikimedia Commons

India must get its act together now to compete with China in post-Covid world: Thomas Friedman

At ThePrint's Off The Cuff, American author-journalist Friedman also said PM Modi deserved a 'decent grade' for quickly imposing the lockdown in India.

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File photo of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar | Facebook/NitishKumarJDU

The curious case of Nitish Kumar — 87% anger, 100% victory

In the supposedly most-politicised state in India, people say they don’t have ‘options’ this election.
RBI

RBI reschedules Monetary Policy Committee meeting, new dates to be announced soon

The panel was scheduled to meet for three days beginning 29 September for RBI's bi-monthly monetary policy review. RBI did not give any reason for rescheduling the meet.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh releases the New Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, in New Delhi on 28 September 2020 | @DefenceMinIndia | Twitter

Govt scraps offset policy for govt-to-govt deals, allows leasing of defence equipment

The new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, which was unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday and kicks in on 1 October, also cuts down procurement time.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.