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File photo of China President Xi Jinping | Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Bangladesh has shown courage against Chinese bullying but Sri Lanka still lacks it

When it comes to dealing with countries in Asia, Beijing does not seem to need a diplomatic veneer anymore.
Sheikh Hasina

China may have warned Bangladesh against joining Quad, but nobody has invited Dhaka yet

Bangladesh has made it clear that while it is against joining Quad, it is keen on being part of the Indo-Pacific construct to strengthen its economy & connectivity.

US took note of China’s warning to Bangladesh against joining Quad, top official says

China's ambassador in Dhaka warned Bangladesh Monday that joining the anti-Beijing 'club' would result in 'substantial damage' to bilateral relations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting Vladimir Putin, at Sochi, Russia | PTI

Modi-Putin 2+2 meeting shows Indian foreign policy not constrained by bloc politics

It is in the best interest of the Quad, particularly the US, to have Russia engage with a like-minded partner such as India rather than falling deeper into China’s embrace.
Putin and Jinping

Why seeing Russia and China as the new axis of evil is a non-starter

Russia, China can’t act in perfect concert. There’s a Batman problem for Putin.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the first Quad Leaders’ Virtual Summit with US President Joe Biden, Australian PM Scott Morrison and Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga, in New Delhi on 12 March. | Photo: ANI

India ‘raises’ Covid vaccine concerns, supply chain issues with Quad partners as cases surge

The concerns raised are over restrictions in the export of raw materials required for making Covid vaccines, not just with the US bilaterally but also under the Quad framework.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison | Photographer: Jeenah Moon | Bloomberg

Quad summit ‘mark of the momentum’, Australian PM Morrison says in hint to China

In his pre-recorded keynote address at the Raisina Dialogue, Morrison said Indo-Pacific is the epicentre of strategic competition & tensions over territorial claims are growing.
A file photo of Indian Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh. | Photo: ANI

Quad navies can come together if needed in almost ‘plug and play’ manner, Navy chief says

Speaking at the Raisina Dialogue, Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh highlighted the immense interoperability between the navies of the Quad grouping.
A file photo of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar. | Photo: ANI

Quad is not ‘Asian NATO’, India never had ‘NATO mentality’, Jaishankar says

Speaking at Raisina Dialogue, Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar says the Indo-Pacific construct is about overcoming the Cold War, not reinforcing it.
A file photo of former NSA Shivshankar Menon. | Photo: Twitter/@shivshankamenon

India-China ties set for ‘hard times’ over next 5-10 years, ex-NSA Shivshankar Menon says

Hard times for Beijing & New Delhi won’t be permanent, ex-NSA Menon says, but notes that China is ‘in a hurry’ to seize a moment of opportunity outlined in its global ambitions.

On Camera

The ‘no mask’ rules in US just follow science

Evidence that vaccines protect others is of a stronger and more direct kind than evidence that masks do. So, getting vaccinated is more likely to help than wearing a mask.

Cairn Energy sues Air India, seeks to seize India’s overseas assets to recover $1.7 billion

Sources in the govt said India will take all necessary steps to defend itself against any such 'illegal enforcement action'.

Defence

Armed forces doctors arrive in Lucknow Monday | Twitter/@suryacommand

What’s DGAFMS, Indian military’s medical wing leading the fight against Covid

The Directorate General of Armed Forces Medical Service reports to the Department of Defence and not to the Department of Military Affairs or the CDS.

By the rivers of the heartland & across Vindhyas, proof which politics sucks & which works

Politics & economics are at the heart of Covid tragedy in UP, Bihar. The regional imbalance in political power, economic & social indicators is deeply troublesome.