Thursday, 19 May, 2022
TopicUS defence secretary

Topic: US defence secretary

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin speaks to Rajnath Singh, recalls meeting with Gen Rawat

During the call, Austin expressed his condolences on the demise of CDS General Bipin Rawat and reaffirmed the US commitment to strengthening bilateral defence ties with India.

Donald Rumsfeld, Bush’s Pentagon chief & face of muscular US military policy, dies at 88

During the 1970s, Rumsfeld became the youngest-ever defense secretary, at age 43, in President Gerald Ford’s administration. He died Tuesday at his home in Taos, New Mexico.

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin to visit India next week during first overseas trip

Lloyd Austin will embark on his trip on 13 March, during which he is also scheduled to visit Japan and South Korea.

Why Joe Biden’s choice for US defence secretary isn’t just about China

Foreign policy experts may not prefer Biden’s choice Llyod Austin as head of US defence, but their concerns about the Indo-Pacific and China are overblown.

Biden backs Black general for defence secretary but will need waiver of civilian control rule

Lloyd Austin was the head of US Central Command from 2013-2016, replacing Jim Mattis in key military role overseeing troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria & Saudi Arabia.

Biden to name retired general Austin first black defense chief

The choice of Austin came as Biden faced pressure from African American lawmakers and organisations to deliver on his pledge to produce the most diverse cabinet in US history.

Special forces, capacity-building, Indo-Pacific — how India-US ties will grow in coming days

India and US, which concluded the third 2+2 dialogue Tuesday, are expected to undertake a more collaborative effort in coming months and years in the Indo-Pacific.

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.

US hails growing defence ties with India, lashes out at China for ‘systemic rule-breaking’

US Secretary of State Mark Esper says Washington is 'pleased to see' New Delhi and Beijing trying to de-escalate tensions in the Himalayas.

As India & US discuss defence cooperation, Army foils Pak-backed terror attack on LoC

Pakistan’s BAT team, notorious for beheading Indian soldiers, tried to push intruders; India says it won’t send troops to Afghanistan.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping | Representational image| kremlin.ru

Chinese economy is feeling the heat. Blame Xi’s political Lysenkoism, vaccination policy

Smarting from the failures of his Great Leap Forward campaign, which hit the economy hard, Mao launched the 1962 war with India to rally the nation behind him.
Congress supporters staged a protest against inflation in Ranchi on 10 May | ANI

As inflation breaks records, Modi govt plans to counter criticism ahead of anniversary & polls

While retail inflation hit an 8-year high of 7.8% in April, wholesale inflation surged to a 9-year high of 15.08% on the back of elevated food and energy prices in the same month.

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Satellite image of the development on the site | Twitter | @detresfa_

China building ‘bigger, broader’ 2nd bridge at Pangong Tso that can carry armoured columns

China's People's Liberation Army aims for multiple routes to counter any possible operations by the Indian forces on the southern banks of the Pangong Tso in the future.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.
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