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China’s ‘aggressive behaviour’ should push like-minded countries to work together, says US

Ahead of the 2+2 ministerial meet in Delhi next week, the Trump administration says Quad is neither an alliance nor an exclusive grouping.
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Japan expects fewer births in 2021, New York braces for possible second wave & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.

Next global economic threat is old age, a challenge no one really knows how to deal with

Societies like Japan are on the front lines of what will eventually be a global challenge. The human species has never before dealt with prolonged and continuous aging.
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Cyberattacks on Japanese vaccine projects, pandemic worsens in Belgium & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
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Quad must be built on agendas, not emotions. Can’t afford to become another NATO

Jaishankar described the Tokyo Quad meet as ‘consultations’. It needs more than China to become a regional institution.
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Covid can survive on skin for 9 hours, inactivates in 15 seconds with ethanol, study says

A study by researchers from Japan's Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine reveals that this could increase risk of contact transmission.
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Jaishankar’s bland speech at Quad said nothing. But look at the naval ties India is forging

China may call the Quad a ‘mini Nato’ but India is still gambling on it — while also buying weapons and aircraft.
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Jaishankar pitches for ‘territorial integrity, peaceful resolution of disputes’ at Quad meet

The Quad countries — US, India, Australia and Japan — said the Covid pandemic has shown that it is important for 'like-minded' nations to collaborate.
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Uncertainty over AirAsia’s future in India after minister Puri’s ‘shutting down’ comment

Aviation minister Hardeep Puri said ‘AirAsia’s shop is anyway shutting down’, but his office later clarified that his comments were taken out of context.
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AstraZeneca resumes Covid-19 vaccine trial in Japan, US still on hold

The phase 1 and 2 trials resumed after the Japanese regulator gave the go-ahead. Trials in the UK, Brazil, South Africa and India had already restarted in recent weeks.

On Camera

A file photo of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper at the 2+2 dialogue in Washington in December 2019. | Photo: ANI

Countering China is now a priority for both India and US. But only one needs the other

There are two necessities for India to counter China and both require depending on American power.

Revival in demand & business activity push Indian economy’s animal spirits up in September

Economists attributed the recovery to pent-up demand after a strict lockdown imposed in March hit the consumption of goods and services.

Defence

A file photo of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper at the 2+2 dialogue in Washington in December 2019. | Photo: ANI

The 3 foundational agreements with US and what they mean for India’s military growth

Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement, the last of the key foundational agreements between India & US, was signed Tuesday. LEMOA was signed in 2016 and COMCASA in 2018.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.