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Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat addresses during the launch of 'Himgiri', the 2nd of Project 17A class of stealth frigates in Kolkata on 14 December 2020 | ANI Photo

Chinese army realised it needs better training, preparation after Galwan clash: CDS Rawat

General Rawat said India had to keep a watch on all activities of China in the region and Indian soldiers are very adept in fighting in the region, unlike Chinese PLA.
PM Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping met in Wuhan in April | @PMO/Twitter

Borders are at the heart of Xi Jinping’s ‘new era’

By escalating the military standoff in Ladakh, the PLA had hoped to keep the crisis restricted to western regions of Tibet and Xinjiang, but India’s response surprised Beijing.
File photo of Indian and Chinese troops and tanks disengaging from the banks of the Pangong lake area in Eastern Ladakh, February 2021 |ANI

No de-escalation without complete disengagement with China in Ladakh: Gen MM Naravane

The Indian Army Chief also said the next rounds of military talks with China will focus on restoring the status quo ante of April 2020.
Chinese PLA troops march back from the Pangong Tso area in eastern Ladakh | Photo released by Indian Army

India again calls for disengagement with China in remaining areas of eastern Ladakh

MEA spokesperson reiterates India’s call ahead of Friday’s 11th round of corps commander-level talks, where Gogra, Hot Springs, Depsang Plains will be discussed.
Gautam Bambawale, former Indian envoy to China

Ladakh not just military affair, affects other interests too, says ex-envoy to China Bambawale

Former Indian diplomat Gautam Bambawale says India can’t decouple trade, investment etc. from the kind of political and military exchanges it has with China.
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.

China’s cyberattack on Maharashtra power grid was to improve PLA’s bargaining position

China’s cyber assault against India’s critical infrastructure in October 2020 happened amid an ongoing crisis on their contested boundary.

The future of India-China relationship is now all about the flux in US-China ties

As the prospects for armed conflict at LAC recede, Indian strategists must now begin the process of making sense of the troubled India-China relationship.
Chinese PLA troops dismantling temporary structures erected near the Pangong Tso and marching back | Photo released by Indian Army

India, China must rebuild trust gradually after ‘great negative impact’ of Ladakh, experts say

Analysts say India & China should look for long-term solutions like strategic mutual trust building mechanisms to avoid a repeat of Ladakh stand-off.
Illustration by Soham Sen

India’s challenge is to avoid two-front war, but can Modi put politics aside for strategy?

India must break out of strategic triangulation with China & Pakistan. Before that, it must decide if it’ll let domestic electoral interests limit its strategic options.

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Several fraudulent withdrawals were made from the MEA employees' GPF accounts | Bloomberg

Centre’s fiscal deficit stood at 18.2% of budget estimate for FY22 at end of June

In absolute terms, the fiscal deficit was at Rs 2,74,245 crore. For the current financial year, the government expects the fiscal deficit at 6.8% of GDP or Rs 15,06,812 crore.

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File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

12th India-China Corps Commander talks tomorrow, focus on ‘low-hanging fruits’ Gogra, Hot Springs

The India-China talks are expected to bring progress to the disengagement process in Gogra and Hot Springs, which was agreed upon by both sides last year.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Like them or not, Taliban are a reality. India can deal with them if BJP resets its politics

Befriending the Taliban is possible, and pragmatic. It’s just that it calls for a big reset in the BJP’s domestic politics — a formula that goes beyond polarisation.