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A view of the Chumi Gyatse falls on the India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh. | Photo: Special arrangement

This Arunachal waterfall near LAC is being developed for tourism. But China ‘keeping an eye’

Arunachal govt & Army looking to improve infrastructure at Chumi Gyatse Falls, also known as Holy Waterfalls. Local residents say the Chinese have not created any problem so far.
File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

Chinese soldier captured in Ladakh’s Demchok area, to be returned

The soldier, who strayed across LAC, has been given medical assistance including oxygen, food and warm clothes, and will be returned once formalities are completed, the Indian Army said.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh poses with officers at a forward base in Ladakh, 17 July | PTI

Hybrid war, Quad or sitting it out? The 5 options for India against China

China is readying to dig in for the winter at the LAC. And India has a luxury of options to deal with it.
India-China relations

Strike a deal with China, but it’d be a blunder if done only to lessen LAC tensions

China has chosen India as the first test case for military coercion through large-scale mobilisation. We can’t afford to let it succeed.
Representational image | Soham Sen | ThePrint

China has taken LAC clock back to 1959. India not in a position to take back Aksai Chin

PM Narendra Modi has both popularity and political skill. Will he bite the bullet and convince Indians about unpalatable strategic decisions?
Representational image | Soham Sen | ThePrint

India, China to hold 7th round of commanders meet for ‘early disengagement’ at LAC

At the WMCC meeting held Wednesday, India and China decided on the military level meeting, as well as working towards the 5-point agenda worked out in Moscow last month.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping | Graham Crouch/Bloomberg

India never accepted China’s 1959 LAC claim, we made our position clear to Beijing, says govt

MEA says the 5 border pacts of 1993, 1996 and 2005 have always affirmed that both India and China would work towards reaching a common understanding of the LAC.

Modi-Xi’s LAC chess game, and Deepika Padukone over farmers for news channels

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Xi Jinping

Are Chinese incursions ordered by local PLA heads or Beijing? Xi’s reforms hold answer

In ‘India's China Challenge’, Ananth Krishnan writes about Xi Jinping’s sweeping military reforms, and the complex relationship between the Communist Party and the PLA.
Army chief M.M. Naravane interacts with the troops while reviewing operational situations on the ground in Eastern Ladakh on 24 June

India can’t afford a knee-jerk reaction on the LAC. That’s what China is hoping for

The weight of decision making on the govt to give a go-ahead for military actions such as Surgical Strikes or a Balakot is very heavy.

On Camera

Emmanuel Macron’s remarks on Islam have put France’s global reputation at stake

Macron seems oblivious to a deepening problem at home: The old French model, which claimed to be superior to all social systems, is unsuited to an increasingly multi-ethnic society.

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

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval | File photo: ANI

‘Will fight on foreign soil’ if there is a threat, says NSA Ajit Doval at Rishikesh ashram

NSA Ajit Doval's remarks, made last week, were portrayed by some media reports as a warning to Beijing, but government officials have denied any link.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

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.