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This secret facility is helping China’s navy become a submarine superpower

The PLAN’s Submarine Academy is located in Qingdao, and seems equipped to train sailors for whatever situation crops up in submarine warfare.

China gets closer to its dream of a blue-water navy with rapid expansion of African base

From laser-dazzling US pilots to the construction of a new navy pier, the country has done a lot at its Djibouti base in Africa over the last year.
Sumarine base Yulin

Up-close with Yulin, China’s most vital nuclear sub base that’s a big threat to India

An analysis of Google Earth images of 1 September 2017 shows that Yulin remains as important today as it was in 2001, when construction work began.
View of the facility

China takes the dive, puts thrust on building nuclear submarines

Xi Jinping’s ‘China Dream’ gave boost to its Blue Water navy ambitions and funds were made available for the expansion of the nuclear submarine programme.
A Chinese Navy vessel. The Chinese Navy is building warships to add to its fleet much faster than imagined.

High-speed production: Chinese navy built 83 ships in just eight years

Chinese experts produce designs which surpass the most modern ships of the US navy in size, volume, armament and quantity

On Camera

File photo of Smriti Irani | Facebook

Smriti Irani’s makeover: From being most disliked Modi minister to dynasty slayer in Amethi

After causing the biggest upset in 2019 elections, Smriti Irani has ensured she can no longer be ignored by PM Modi and Amit Shah.
elections

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

Defence

Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.