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Chinese PLA troops march back from the Pangong Tso area in eastern Ladakh | Photo released by Indian Army

Corps Commander talks ends after 13 hours, India and China discuss further disengagement

Army sources said that the two countries discussed disengagement from remaining friction points, including Gogra heights, Hot Springs and Depsang Plains in the 11th round of talks.
Narendra Modi with Xi Jinping

LAC disengagement done. India, China can now return to old love-hate routine

A month later, it seems that the much-acclaimed first step of disengagement at LAC was only a stand-alone agreement to enable both China and India to claim victory.
File photo of Rajnath Singh

Connectivity achieved on 59 roads along India-China border — Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha

Singh said 10 border roads are targeted to be completed by this month while work on seven roads is expected to be over by March 2022 and another two by 2023.
Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale

India, China must resolve identity perceptions that lead to mistrust — ex-foreign secy Gokhale

At a virtual event hosted by Carnegie India, Vijay Gokhale said Beijing exhibited a certain 'deafness' to India's policies and could not anticipate its reactions.
Aerial view of the Brahmaputra in Assam | Pexel

China’s parliament approves Five-Year Plan to build dam on Brahmaputra in Tibet region

India and Bangladesh have earlier raised concerns over China building the dam on the lower reaches of the Brahmaputra. Beijing has said it would keep their interests in mind.
File photo of Chinese president Xi Jinping | Bloomberg

Why China is the Kautilya of international politics

While the disengagement in Ladakh is apace, China is well placed in the rajamandala to carry on its hostility towards India by means other than war.
Pedestrians wearing protective masks walk past an out of service traffic signal as the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building stands in the background in Mumbai on 12 October 2020 | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Don’t rush to give clean chit to China. Mumbai power grid failure is a strong warning

Future wars will be fought on cyber domain. Delay in response will allow Chinese cyber soldiers to infiltrate Indian systems so deeply that de-coupling would become impossible.
Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat

China will continue to assert itself, seeks to dominate Indian Ocean Region, says CDS Rawat

Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Rawat also said India's armed forces will increasingly need to achieve more with less, which requires a relook at current force structures, doctrines & tech.

New book details how China is eyeing Ladakh for its ‘new silk road’ — the CPEC

Published by Rupa publications, 'A New Silk Road: India, China and the Geopolitics of Asia' by Kingshuk Nag will be released on 9 March on ThePrint's SoftCover.
File photo | Pakistan PM Imran Khan with Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa | Facebook/ImranKhanOfficial

Better US-India ties is bad news for Pakistan. Expect lip service on Kashmir, no aid

There is now growing strategic divergence between Pakistan and the US because of the development of the Indo-US partnership.

On Camera

Andy Jassy, chief executive officer of web services at Amazon.com Inc., speaks during the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Summit in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.| Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Amazon’s future CEO firm on India expansion amid protests by local vendors

Speaking to partners and customers in India, Andy Jassy announced a $250 million venture fund for startups working on innovations for small businesses, agriculture and health care solutions.

Defence

CDS General Bipin Rawat | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Backed by disruptive tech, China tried push & shove tactics but India stood firm: CDS Rawat

At the Raisina Dialogue, Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat says some countries seek to reshape rules that govern global order via geopolitics coupled with geo-economics.
Illustration by Soham Sen

There’s a need to hold up a mirror to Modi govt on Covid management, and this is the picture

Between premature victory mood that allowed Kumbh & elections, and lack of urgency on vaccines, Modi govt has walked into its biggest crisis. The way out needs realism, humility and one ‘Ram baan’ weapon.