Tuesday, 5 July, 2022

Topic: Indo-Pacific

India-US bilateral trade disputes at multilateral IPEF? USTR’s meeting triggers alarm in Delhi

An 11 June meeting called by USTR Katherine Tai discussed 'launching negotiations under trade pillar', sparking fears among Indian officials that IPEF could end up as a trade agreement.

How Indo-Pacific agreement stands to lose due to Biden’s approach, US’ mindset

Without sufficient incentives, countries that have joined IPEF are unlikely to agree to high US-preferred standards in areas like digital economy and anti-corruption.

India ‘stabilising factor’ says US defence secretary, calls out China for ‘pushing limits’

US Defence Secretary Llyod Austin red flagged China’s hardening position at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) while speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore Saturday.

China’s base in Cambodia is a nightmare for US. Indo-Pacific has tripwires everywhere

The Chinese military base in Cambodia can't be hidden anymore. Geopolitical jockeying between US and China in the Indo-Pacific is growing.

India lost the first mover advantage but there’s benefit to gain from Indo-Pacific forum

India's centrality in the Indo-Pacific trade architecture should have made New Delhi launch IPEF much before US President Joe Biden did. It can still be a rule maker.

There’s a Chinese ‘storm’ coming. India needs to consider 5 factors to face this challenge

India must devise a new playbook that recognises national security today is a domain of intense competition. It needs innovation and new talent.

Delhi a strategic partner for Berlin within Indo-Pacific framework, says German minister

Tobias Lindner, Minister of State, Federal Foreign Office, Germany, says Berlin will seek to take bilateral ties with Delhi to the next level during PM Modi’s visit next week.

With dragon in the room, India & Australia set to boost economic ties at Modi-Morrison meet

After strengthening strategic ties under Indo-Pacific and Quad, New Delhi and Canberra are now focussed on concluding the long-pending Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement.

Quad leaders say Ukraine sovereignty, territorial integrity key to peaceful, stable Indo-Pacific

PMs Modi, Morrison and Kishida and President Biden discussed Russia’s war on Ukraine in virtual meeting, and agreed it has a bearing on Indo-Pacific.

EU snubbed Pakistan Army chief’s request to join landmark meeting with Indo-Pacific in Paris

Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa’s request for a one-on-one meeting with Josep Borrell Fontelles, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, was also turned down.

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Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


Indian Naval Air Squadron INAS 324 commissioned at Visakhapatnam | Twitter | @PBNS_India

India’s Eastern Seaboard gets its first naval air squadron INAS 324

With INAS 324, the Indian Navy's Eastern Seaboard will now operate a naval air squadron with HAL’s indigenously built Advanced Light Helicopter.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.