Monday, 4 July, 2022
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Satellite images show China is building underground facility 50 km from India border

The new facility near Ngari is the Chinese PLA’s second in Tibet, and stands just about 60 km away from the Indian Army’s forward posts at Demchok in Ladakh.

Indian Army puts Mountain Strike Corps aimed at China in cold storage

The instant order to stop ‘new raisings’ – create battalions with fresh recruits – has been prompted by financial constraints.

China quietly & cleverly finds a new route to S. Doklam, 7 months after India stopped it

New alignment is 5 km away from Indian posts, making it difficult for India to do anything. The new road will open up South Doklam to Chinese troops.

New trouble for India: China occupies North Doklam, with armoured vehicles & 7 helipads

New visuals show PLA deployment is metres away from last year’s face-off point; Indian Army chief Rawat has admitted north Doklam is occupied.

Xi Jinping’s Achilles heel: economy and control over the PLA

Insights of two professors at Harvard University offer a granular look at the recent rise of Xi and his methodical pursuit and consolidation of power. 

Satellite images reveal China’s state-of-art naval airbase

It has 24 aircraft shelters, 3 large hangars possibly for UAVs, one hangar for airborne early warning and control (AEWC) planes, among others.

China’s mega fortress in Djibouti could be model for its bases in Pakistan

Though called a ‘logistics base’, the facility can accommodate a brigade and has unprecedented security arrangements

Visuals show India, China clash at Ladakh was serious, troops injured

The video, published first by ThePrint, shows troops first engaging in a close quarter fist-fight and then hurling stones at each other. Manu Pubby

India Foundation calls off China visit after visa trouble, Beijing says not true, visit on

Two members denied visa, delegation leader Alok Bansal’s held back; was to travel next week MANU PUBBY

On Camera

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Attendees pose for a group photo at the 48th G7 Summit on 26 June | PTI

G7 infra plan a lifeline developing nations can’t ignore but first crack this code, like BRI

Silk roads are getting bumpier but Beijing will maximise its pursuit of global leadership as long as it perceives that Washington seeks to deny it any.
Illustration by Soham Sen

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.

Defence

Army personnel give military honours to the soldiers of Territorial Army's infantry 107 battalion who lost their lives in the Manipur Landslide, 2 July 2022, Siliguri | Credits: ANI Photo/ ANI Pic Service

A look at the Territorial Army — The Indian military’s task force hit by the Manipur landslide

The Territorial Army, a part-time military organisation for Indians who may have other jobs, is essentially a volunteer force that can be quickly mobilised in the defence of a state.

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.
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