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China says troop withdrawal from Afghanistan show US’ definition of rules-based order

Chinese foreign ministry's response came after US Vice President accused China of continuing coercion & claiming the majority of South China Sea, undermining the rules-based order.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the second production line for LCA Tejas in Bengaluru Tuesday | By special arrangement

Chinese counterpart listening, Rajnath calls for freedom of navigation in South China Sea

Rajnath Singh was speaking at the virtual ASEAN Plus Defence Ministers' Meet, where US Secretary of Defense Llyod Austin was also present.
Members of PLA during a flag-raising ceremony | Representational image | Photo: Eduardo Leal | Bloomberg

China does not want war. It’s playing the long game

Sometimes actions speak louder than words. And China’s actions so far have avoided crossing the threshold of open warfare.
Representational image of the South China Sea. | Photo: Joel Guinto/Bloomberg

‘Blatant falsehoods’: Philippines hits out at China over its remarks on vessels in Whitsun Reef

Manila and Beijing have been engaged in a verbal tussle since last month, when more than 200 Chinese fishing vessels were sighted near Whitsun Reef.

Indian Ocean a shared asset, nations must synergise efforts to ensure safety, says Rajnath

Noting that one's threat today could be another's tomorrow, Defence Minsiter Rajnath Singh called on countries in the Indian Ocean region to improve trade & naval cooperation.

India, Vietnam to conduct 2-day naval exercise in South China Sea

INS Kiltan has been sent to the country to deliver relief material for flood-affected people in central Vietnam and it will participate in the exercise from 26 to 27 December.
File image of PM Narendra Modi and Vietnam PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc | Twitter

South China Sea, defence cooperation — What India, Vietnam discussed at virtual summit

PM Modi said Vietnam is a key partner in the Indo-Pacific initiative, and cooperation can make an important contribution in maintaining peace in the region.
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in interaction with his Vietnamese counterpart Friday | Twitter | @Rajnathsingh

Rajnath Singh assures ‘friend’ Vietnam of help modernising its armed forces

India has been in talks with Vietnam, which has maritime border issues with China in the South China Sea, over Hanoi’s interest in acquiring supersonic cruise missile BrahMos.
File image of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar at a press conference in New Delhi | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Jaishankar to visit Japan in October, participate in Quad meeting amid China tensions

During the visit on 6-7 October, Jaishankar will also be meeting his US, Australian & Japanese counterparts — Mike Pompeo, Marise Payne and Motegi Toshimitsu — separately.
Representational image of the South China Sea. | Photo: Joel Guinto/Bloomberg

China using militarised outposts in South China Sea to control areas not under it, says US

The US demanded President Xi Jinping to honour his commitment that these maritime constructions won't target or impact any country.
Representational image | Shillong, Meghalaya | Wikimedia Commons

Ajit Doval is wrong. Civil society not dangerous, we pushed back militants in Meghalaya

Ajit Doval thinks civil society is the new frontier of war. But ‘Shillong We Care’, a small group of citizens, stood up to militants and extortion.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.